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Maj. Gen. (Dr.) George N. Appenzeller

Director of Staff

Brig. Gen. (Dr.) George N. Appenzeller, Assistant Director for Combat Support, Defense Health AgencyMajor General George (Ned) Appenzeller is the Director of Staff for the Defense Health Agency. The DHA is a Combat Support Agency providing support to Combatant Commanders, and enabling the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps medical services to provide a medically ready force and ready medical force. In addition to the ten joint Enterprise Support Activities supporting an integrated health delivery system, the DHA administers the TRICARE Health Program providing worldwide medical, dental and pharmacy programs to more than 9.6 million uniformed service members, retirees and their families. 

Appenzeller graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and an ROTC commission. He then graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed an Internal Medicine Internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. He later completed a three year residency in Emergency Medicine at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium.

Appenzeller’s early assignments include Chief of the David B. Bleak TMC serving the U.S. Field Artillery Training Center; Chief, Department of Emergency Medicine, USA MEDDAC, Heidelberg, Germany; Chief, 91W IET, AMEDD C&S; and Assistant Chief of Emergency Medicine at Winn Army Community Hospital, Fort Stewart, Georgia. In January 2006, he assumed duties as the Division Surgeon, Third Infantry Division, and then Multi- National Division-Center during a 15- month deployment to Baghdad, Iraq. He was then assigned as the Deputy Commander for Clinical Services at Winn Army Community Hospital, Fort Stewart, Georgia.

His commands include the US Army Medical Activity-Alaska, US Army Medical Activity-Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Blanchfield Army Community Hospital; and Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He also served as Command Surgeon United States Africa Command. His previous flag officer positions include Deputy Commanding General Regional Health Command-Pacific, Commanding General Brooke Army Medical Center and Commanding General Regional Health Command-Central. He currently serves as the Assistant Director for Combat Support and the MHS Genesis Functional Champion for the Defense Health Agency.

In addition to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Appenzeller’s operational experience includes service as a medical team leader providing humanitarian care to Cuban and Haitian migrants with the 61st Area Support Medical Company, JTF160, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Chief of Emergency Services with both the 62nd Combat Support Hospital and the 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in support of TF-Falcon, Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo.

Appenzeller is board certified in Emergency Medicine. He has made multiple national and international presentations, published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, and has chapters in two textbooks. His military schooling includes the AMEDD Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, CGSOC, the Army War College Fellowship Program, and the Medical Strategic Leadership Program. Appenzeller is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit, and holds the ‘A’ Proficiency designator.

Appenzeller’s awards and decorations include the 2007 Surgeon General’s Physician Recognition Award, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (3 OLC), the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), the Expert Field Medical Badge, and Air Force Flight Surgeon Wings.

Last Updated: June 23, 2022

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