Patricia Horoho

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Patricia D. Horoho
Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho.jpg
Born (1960-03-21) March 21, 1960 (age 59)
Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1982–2016
RankArmy-USA-OF-08.svg Lieutenant General
Commands heldDeWitt Health Care Network
Walter Reed Health Care System
Madigan Army Medical Center
Western Regional Medical Command
Surgeon General of the U.S. Army
AwardsDistinguished 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[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]


In 1994, Horoho was the head nurse of the emergency room at Womack Army Medical Center. She treated the wounded in the aftermath of the Green Ramp disaster.[1]

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.[3][4] 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).[3] She was also recognized as a Legacy Laureate by the University of Pittsburgh in 2007.[2]

Horoho has served as Commander of:

She was succeeded by Lieutenant General Nadja West on 11 December 2015.[7] Horoho retired from the Army on 1 February 2016.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
US Army Silver Recruiter Badge.png Basic Army Recruiter Badge
USFOR-A Shoulder Insignia.jpg United States Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) Combat Service Identification Badge
Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Distinctive Unit Insignia
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with one silver and one bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Superior Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal ribbon.svg Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
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[8]
Order of Military Medical Merit Medal ribbon.png Order of Military Medical Merit

Personal life[edit]

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).[9] She received an honorary degree from New York Institute of Technology.[10]


  1. ^ a b Cuningham, Henry. Obama nominates E.E. Smith grad for Army surgeon general Fayetteville Observer. May 5, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "University of Pittsburgh Names Eight New Legacy Laureates" University of Pittsburgh News. October 21, 2007.
  3. ^ a b "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.
  4. ^ Gregory, Hamilton. Public speaking for college and career. McGraw-Hill. 2005. P. 2
  5. ^ Bernton, Hal, "Army Whistle-Blower Fights To Clear Name", Seattle Times, 14 August 2011, p. 1.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Report, Staff (7 August 2017). "Army welcomes new surgeon general". Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  8. ^ "U.S. Army Surgeon General honored by French government". November 12, 2013.
  9. ^ "As Army Surgeon General, Horoho Pioneers Leadership for Nurses and Women" (PDF), Pitt Nurse, pp. 3–4, Spring 2012
  10. ^[permanent dead link]

External links[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker
Surgeon General of the United States Army
December 5, 2011 – December 3, 2015
Succeeded by
Lt. Gen. Nadja West

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "[1]".