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Navy Rear Adm. Raquel Bono Nominated as DHA Director

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Raquel Bono
Raquel Bono

Rear Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency‘s National Capital Region Medical Directorate and chief of the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to lead DHA.

President Obama also endorsed Bono’s promotion to the rank of vice admiral, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday.

Prior to her current roles, Bono commanded the Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical on an acting basis from July to September 2013.

She also worked as command surgeon of the U.S. Pacific Command from November 2011 to June 2013, deputy director for medical resources, plans and policy at the Navy, and chief of staff and deputy director of Tricare Management Activity from September 2008 to June 2010.

Before that, she was commanding officer at Naval Hospital Jacksonville for three years and executive assistant to the Navy’s surgeon general.

The Navy commissioned Bono in June 1979 and assigned her to lead the military service’s casualty receiving fleet in Saudi Arabia during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia.

She is also an American Board of Surgery diplomat, an American College of Surgeons fellow and an Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma member.

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