Patricia D. Horoho
|Born||March 21, 1960|
Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1982–2016|
|Commands held||DeWitt Health Care Network|
Walter Reed Health Care System
Madigan Army Medical Center
Western Regional Medical Command
Surgeon General of the U.S. Army
|Awards||Distinguished Service Medal (2)|
Legion of Merit (3)
Meritorious Service Medal (7)
Army Commendation Medal (4)
Army Achievement Medal (2)
Order of Military Medical Merit
Patricia D. Horoho (born 1960) is a retired United States Army lieutenant general and was the 43rd U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command. She was the first woman and first Nurse Corps Officer to hold those appointments.
Early life and education
Horoho was born in Fort Bragg in 1960, and attended St. Ann Catholic School and St. Patrick Catholic School in Fayetteville, North Carolina and graduated from E.E. Smith High School in 1978. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982 and the Master of Science Degree as a Clinical Trauma Nurse Specialist from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992.
Horoho was recognized as a Nurse Hero by the American Red Cross on September 14, 2002, for her actions during the September 11 attacks, during which she raced "from her desk" to give first-aid to 75 victims. Among her military awards are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Order of Military Medical Merit medallion, Legion of Merit (2 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (6 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), and the Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC). She was also recognized as a Legacy Laureate by the University of Pittsburgh in 2007.
Horoho has served as Commander of:
- DeWitt Army Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Virginia (2004–2006),
- Walter Reed Health Care System in Washington D.C. (2007–2008),
- Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington (2008–2009),
- Western Regional Medical Command, based in Fort Lewis, Washington (2008–2010), and
- United States Army Medical Command, as Surgeon General of the United States Army (December 2011 – December 3, 2015).
Awards and recognitions
|Army Staff Identification Badge|
|Basic Army Recruiter Badge|
|United States Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) Combat Service Identification Badge|
|Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Distinctive Unit Insignia|
|Army Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster|
|Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters|
|Meritorious Service Medal with one silver and one bronze oak leaf cluster|
|Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters|
|Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster|
|Joint Meritorious Unit Award|
|Superior Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster|
|National Defense Service Medal with one service star|
|Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal|
|Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one service star|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
|Humanitarian Service Medal|
|Armed Forces Reserve Medal|
|Army Service Ribbon|
|NATO Medal for service with ISAF|
|Legion of Honor (France), Knight|
|Order of Military Medical Merit|
Horoho is the daughter of retired Army officer Frank Dallas and Josephine Dallas. She is married to retired Col. Ray Horoho, and they have two children. She has one brother, Ed Dallas, and one sister, Nancy Dallas (now Boatner). She received an honorary degree from New York Institute of Technology.
- Cuningham, Henry. Obama nominates E.E. Smith grad for Army surgeon general Fayetteville Observer. May 5, 2011.
- "University of Pittsburgh Names Eight New Legacy Laureates" University of Pittsburgh News. October 21, 2007.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2011-12-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)" U.S. Army Medical Department. March 2010.
- Gregory, Hamilton. Public speaking for college and career. McGraw-Hill. 2005. P. 2
- Bernton, Hal, "Army Whistle-Blower Fights To Clear Name", Seattle Times, 14 August 2011, p. 1.
- Report, Staff (7 August 2017). "Army welcomes new surgeon general". Retrieved 8 April 2018.
- "U.S. Army Surgeon General honored by French government". army.mil. November 12, 2013.
- "As Army Surgeon General, Horoho Pioneers Leadership for Nurses and Women" (PDF), Pitt Nurse, pp. 3–4, Spring 2012
- http://www.nyit.edu/index.php/faculty_staff_updates/nyit_announces_honorary_degree_recipients/[permanent dead link]
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- https://health.mil/News/Articles/2016/09/12/Medical-Response-to-9-11-Patricia-Horoho-and-Malcolm-Nance – description of actions on September 11.
Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker
| Surgeon General of the United States Army
December 5, 2011 – December 3, 2015
Lt. Gen. Nadja West