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Ronald R. Blanck

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RONALD R. BLANCK, Surgeon General, 1 October 1996-30 June 2000, was sworn in as the thirty-ninth Surgeon General of the Army. He also serves as the Commander of the United States Army Medical Command, headquartered at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, with over 46,000 military personnel and 26,000 civilian employees worldwide.

General Blanck was awarded a Bachelor of Science in 1963 from Juniata College and his Doctor of Osteopathy from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1967.

After entering the Army in 1968, General Blanck was initially assigned as a general medical officer, U.S. Army Vietnam. Following an assignment as a general medical officer at Fort Myer, Virginia, General Blanck completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 1973, and is board certified in Internal Medicine. He then served as Assistant Chief of the General Medicine Service and the Assistant Chief, Department of Medicine, at Walter Reed. Later assignments included: Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine; Chief, Department of Medicine, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; and Chief, Medical Corps Career Activities Office, Office of The Surgeon General. General Blanck served as Commander, U.S. Army Hospital, Berlin, and as Commander, Frankfurt Army Regional Medical Center, Frankfurt, Germany. He went on to become the Director of Professional Services and Chief, Medical Corps Affairs, Office of The Surgeon General, Falls Church, Virginia. Most recently he served as Commander of Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command (NARMC).

A graduate of the Army War College, General Blanck also served as Class President. He is a Fellow and past Governor of the American College of Physicians, and an active member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, the American Osteopathic Association, the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, and the American Medical Association.

General Blanck has held many academic positions throughout his career, to include: Assistant Professor of Medicine (Clinical), Georgetown University; Associate Professor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine; and Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; Distinguished Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine; and Adjunct Professor, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. He has published many scientific articles.

His military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Meritorious Service and Army Commendation Medals.