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Patricia D. Horoho (born 1960) is a retired United States Army lieutenant general and was the 43rd U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command. She was the first female and first Nurse Corps Officer to hold those appointments.

Patricia D. Horoho
Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho.jpg
Born Template:Birth age
Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S.
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1982–2016
Rank Army-USA-OF-08.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held DeWitt Health Care Network
Walter Reed Health Care System
Madigan Army Medical Center
Western Regional Medical Command
Surgeon General of the U.S. Army
Awards Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (3)
Meritorious Service Medal (7)
Army Commendation Medal (4)
Army Achievement Medal (2)
Order of Military Medical Merit


Early life and educationEdit

Horoho was born in Fort Bragg in 1960, and attended St. Ann Catholic School and St. Patrick Catholic School in Fayetteville, North Carolina and graduated from E.E. Smith High School in 1978.[1] She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982 and the Master of Science Degree as a Clinical Trauma Nurse Specialist from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992.[2]


In 1994, Horoho was the head nurse of the emergency room at Womack Army Medical Center. She treated the wounded in the aftermath of the Green Ramp disaster.[1]

Horoho was recognized as a Nurse Hero by the American Red Cross on September 14, 2002, for her actions during the September 11 attacks for giving first-aid to 75 victims.[3][4] Among her military awards are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Order of Military Medical Merit medallion, Legion of Merit (2 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (6 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), and the Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC).[3] She was also recognized as a Legacy Laureate by the University of Pittsburgh in 2007.[2]

Horoho has served as Commander of:

She was succeeded by Lieutenant General Nadja West on 11 December 2015.[7] Horoho retired from the Army on 1 February 2016.

Awards and recognitionsEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Horoho is the daughter of retired Army officer Frank Dallas and Josephine Dallas. She is married to retired Col. Ray Horoho, and they have two children. She has one brother, Ed Dallas, and one sister, Nancy Dallas (now Boatner).[9] She received an honorary degree from New York Institute of Technology.[10]


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Military offices
Preceded by
Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker
Surgeon General of the United States Army
December 5, 2011 - December 3, 2015
Succeeded by
Lt. Gen. Nadja West

  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "[2]".