May 1, 2013 (WASHINGTON DC) — Three individuals who have distinguished themselves through excellence and selfless dedication to advancing medicine for our nation's wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families won the Heroes of Military Medicine awards.
Army Colonel Nelson L. Michael, MD, PhD
COL Michael exemplifies excellence in public service. His leadership in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and infectious disease research has impacted both the military and global communities. His career has focused on developing an effective HIV vaccine to protect U.S. and Allied Armed Services,
and to reduce the global impact of the disease. He has been a researcher with the US Military HIV Research Program at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research for 23 years, and has been its director since 2006. Under his leadership, the program has grown in scope and diversity, and has
forged extensive international collaborations. He guided MHRP through the completion of the RV144 HIV vaccine study in Thailand, which showed that a preventive HIV vaccine is possible. A Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University, he also serves on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.
Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Fang, MD, FACS
Lt Col Fang is a trauma surgeon and recent director of the US Air Force Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills at the University of Maryland's Shock-Trauma Center, Baltimore, MD. A combat proven warrior, Lt Col Fang has
deployed multiple times in support of activities in Iraq and Afghanistan, flying more than 200 primary hours as a Critical Care Air Transport Team Physician. Under his leadership, 63,000 patients from 44 nations evacuated from US Central Command to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, where Lt Col Fang and his team treated 12,000 combat casualties over a six-year period, with an astounding 99.5% survival rate.
Hospital Corpsman First Class Darrel L. Enos, USN (posthumously awarded)
As a dedicated Hospital Corpsman and Independent Duty Corpsman, HM1 Enos was selflessly committed to the health and well-being of his fellow Marines and Sailors. He placed himself in harm's way countless times while providing the best possible care for patients
wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. HM1 Enos's dedication to furthering his education in military medicine consistently improved his cutting edge instructions to all he trained, and allowed him to deliver the best possible care for all of his patients. HM1 Enos's utmost devotion to duty earned him the highest respect from
the Marines, Sailors and civilians with whom he worked. On August 17, 2012, while conducting combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, HM1 Enos gave his life for his country.
In addition, two awards were given to senior leaders in military medicine:
The Honorable James B. Peake, MD was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This honor acknowledges his long-term commitment to the greater good of our nation and its security, and to the brave men and women who serve in uniform. The award recognizes Secretary Peake's steadfast
commitment to public service and his unparalleled dedication and stalwart leadership in advocating and advancing DoD and VA medicine.
Senior Leader Award
General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., USMC received the Hero of Military Medicine Senior Leader Award. This award honors General Dunford's outstanding contributions and tireless dedication to ensuring that America's warriors and their families receive the most innovative medical care and far reaching support our nation can provide.
About the Hero of Military Medicine Award:
This award is sponsored by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF), a private, not-for-profit organization established in 1983 and authorized by Congress to support medical research and education at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and throughout the broader military medical community.
For more information, visit www.hjf.org. The Center for Public-Private Partnerships at HJF bridges the federal and private sectors and expands the network of health resources available to our Nation's Service Members, Veterans and their Families.
For more information, visit www.hjfcp3.org.