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CSM (Ret) Althea Green, Ph.D.- Army Medicine's Most Senior Combat Medic Shaping Military Medicine

Updated: Aug 9, 2022

CSM (Ret) Dr. Althea Green's military background includes duties within operational as well as fixed facility health care organizations, with leadership responsibilities at every level from tactical to strategic. She was the first woman and first person of color to be competitively selected as the Army's Medical Command (MEDCOM) Soldier of the Year. She culminated her Army career as the 16th Command Sergeant Major of the MEDCOM/Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Army Surgeon General and Commander MEDCOM. As the Army's top enlisted medic, she was the chief advisor and subject matter expert for the training, development, and utilization of the enlisted medical force.

In this episode, Dr. Green discusses her entry into the Army from a small Caribbean country to becoming a combat medic and Ear, Nose, and Throat Technician. As she ascended in the ranks of army medicine for the next 35 years, she served units deployed to Europe as the Command Sergeant Major for Walter Reed and ultimately the Command Sergeant Major for Army Medicine. She now oversees the Enlisted to Medical Degree program, where enlisted soldiers of all military occupations can work through a program that enables them to enter medical school and become physicians of any specialty. She also describes the drastic difference in the combat medic from her entry as a 91B to what we now know as the highly trained 68W combat medic.

She shares many insights and lessons learned over a distinguished career and provides some valuable advice for all listeners. You don't want to miss this episode!

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