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MG(R) Barbara R. Holcomb- Nursing in Military Medicine; Always Providing the Best Possible Care

Barb Holcomb is a retired Army Major General, having served 33 years as a leader in Nursing, Healthcare, Medical Research and Logistics. She is the CEO of her own consulting company, Barb Holcomb Consulting, LLC., working in areas of medical research strategy, federal health care planning, leadership, and team and organizational development.

In this episode you will learn about the critical roles and responsibilities of Military Medicine nurses. Barb talks about her many experiences in deployed missions across the globe serving in clinical and command positions. She describes many essential insights and lessons learned during her Hospital and Regional Medical Commands especially how to lead through major change. “The only constant is change”

MG(R) Holcomb talks about the importance of clinical and bench research in the Military and describes her experience commanding the Medical Research Material Command at Fort Detrick, MD. She also explains the importance of maintaining bedside care skills as healthcare professional advance in rank and strategic responsibilities. She has mentored and inspired many healthcare professionals and has successfully led at all levels.

MG(R) Holcomb served in command positions at every rank from Captain onward. She deployed to Iraq during Desert Shield/Desert Storm; Kosovo during Operation Joint Guardian; and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Her last military assignment was as the 25th Chief, Army Nurse Corps and as Commanding General, Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, in Frederick Maryland. She is a 1987 Distinguished Military Graduate of Seattle University Army ROTC, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She earned a master's degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Kansas, a master's level Certification in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University, and a master's in Military Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA.

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