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NationalJournal.com - First Nurse Nominated as Army Surgeon General - Thursday, May 5, 2011

May 5, 2011 | 2:43 p.m.
Updated: May 5, 2011 | 2:45 p.m.

Maj. Gen. Patricia Horoho would become the first nurse and the first woman to serve as the Army Surgeon General if the Senate confirms her nomination and simultaneous promotion to lieutenant general, which were announced by Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday.

Horoho currently serves as Army deputy surgeon general and 23rd chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.

Another nurse, Maj. Gen. Gale Pollock, served as acting Army surgeon general from March through December 2007, temporarily filling the post after Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley was relieved of command as a result of poor patient care at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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