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Army Medicine’s New Two-Star General Makes History
WASHINGTON, DC—Maj. Gen. Nadja West made history this month by becoming Army Medicine’s first African-American female two-star general. The rank pinning ceremony took place at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington, Va on April 19th and was officiated by Commanding General of U.S. Central Command and former Vice-Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III. Austin called the promotion to this next rank “a big deal.” “It is a highly selective process,” he said at the ceremony. “In this case the Army could not have made a finer selection.” According to the Office of the Army Surgeon General, West holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Doctorate of Medicine from George Washington University School of Medicine. She currently serves as the deputy chief of staff, G-1/4/6 for the United States Army Medical Command. West comes from a military family. West’s dad served in the Army for 33 years and West also has siblings who served in the military. West told U.S. Medicine that she knew early on that she too would join the Army. “I knew I was going to serve in some capacity in the Army. I really liked sciences in High School and I liked working with people, and so I started getting drawn to medicine as a career field,” she said. While West is making history, she credits those who mentored her and those who served before her as clearing the path for her. “I look to those who went before me and actually ploughed the ground and had the really challenging times to make it easier for me,” she said. West has been tapped to serve as the Joint Staff Surgeon. In that capacity she told U.S. Medicine that she will be looking at how the services can work more collaboratively when it comes to healthcare. “I think it is important for us to work together even more in order to move the military health system forward,” she said.
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