Colonel Kevin Bass' most recent assignment was Assistant Deputy of Health Affairs, Assistant Secretary of
the Army- Manpower and Reserve Affairs.
He is a native of Ball, Louisiana and entered the Army as a Medical Service Corps Officer in 1994. He
graduated from North Georgia College where he earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Clinical Psychology.
He received his Master's of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida and a Master's of
Science in Management from Troy State University.
Colonel Bass has served in various leadership and staff positions including Commander, U.S. Army Medical
Activity at Fort Knox, KY; Deputy Commander, 44th Medical Brigade, Fort Bragg, NC; Commander, Public
Health District-Central Pacific, Schofield Barracks, HI; Chief of Operations, Western Region Medical Command,
Fort Lewis, WA; Deputy Command Surgeon, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Redstone Arsenal, AL; Medical
Plans Officer, Third Army/U.S. Army Central Command, Fort McPherson, GA; Operations Officer, 21st Combat
Support Hospital, Fort Hood, TX; Medical Plans Officer, Special Operations Command-Korea (Airborne), Camp
Kim, South Korea; Commander, Charlie Company, 307th Forward Support Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg,
NC; Operations Officer; 307th Forward Support Battalion (Airborne) Fort Bragg, NC and Executive Officer ,
250th Forward Surgical Team (Airborne), Fort Lewis, WA and Medical Platoon Leader, 1-33rd Armor Battalion,
Fort Lewis, WA.
Colonel Bass completed his U.S. Army War College Fellowship at the Department of Health and Human
Services in Washington DC. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the
Combined Arms Services and Staff School. Colonel Bass’ military awards and decorations include the Legion
of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (1
Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Global
War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Expert Field Medical
Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Venezuelan Parachutist Badge and
the Korean Master Parachutist Badge. He is also a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3).
Command Sergeant Major Art Jason Q. Santos enlisted in the Army from San Antonio, Texas. He attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston where he was awarded the Military Occupational Skill, 92B (Medical Laboratory Technician, now 68K).
Prior assignments include Biological Sciences Assistant, United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease, Fort Detrick, Maryland; Medical Laboratory Specialist, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Squad Leader and Medical Laboratory Specialist, 67th Combat Support Hospital, Wurzburg, Germany; NCOIC, Camp Memorial Blood Donor Center, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Pathology NCOIC, Ireland Army Community Hospital, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Pathology NCOIC, Moncrief Army Community Hospital, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Senior AIT Platoon Sergeant and Senior Course Manager, A Co, 264th Medical Battalion, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; First Sergeant, D Co, 232d Medical Battalion, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Chief Clinical Noncommissioned Officer, Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Command Sergeant Major USAMEDDAC Fort Knox, Fort Knox, Kentucky. CSM Santos has deployed to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
His military education includes all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System. He is a graduate of the Unites States Army Sergeants Major Course, Class 65. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC); the Army Commendation Medal (1 Silver OLC); the Army Achievement Medal (1 Silver OLC, 2 Bronze OLC); the Good Conduct Medal (8th Award); the National Defense Service Medal (2 Bronze Star); the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Service Medal; the Global War on Terror Service Medal; the Noncommissioned Officers’ Professional Development Ribbon (with Numeral 5); the Army Service Ribbon; the Overseas Ribbon (with Numeral 2); the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; the Combat Action Badge; the Expert Field Medical Badge; the Air Assault Badge; the Joint Meritorious Unit Award; the Meritorious Unit Citation; the Army Superior Unit Award (2 OLC). He is also a recipient of the Order of Medical Military Merit, a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, and Honorary Member of the Sergeant Morales Club.
Colonel Richard Ruck is a native of Antioch, IL. He was commissioned as a Navy LT in 1995 after completing Medical School through the HPSP at Northwestern University in Chicago. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois.
COL Ruck completed his internship in Pediatrics at WBAMC, and attended the Naval Undersea Medical Institute Groton, CT and Navy Dive School Panama City, FL in 1996 before being assigned as the Undersea Medical Officer for Submarine Squadron 17/Group 9 at Submarine Base Bangor, Washington. He returned to complete his Pediatric Residency in 2000 at Bethesda NMC. He was assigned to Martin ACH, Ft. Benning from 2003-2007, serving as both chief of Inpatient Pediatrics and Chief, Pediatrics. In 2007 he promoted to the rank of CDR and transitioned over to the US Army as a LTC. He attended the Flight Surgeon Course at Ft. Rucker before being assigned to Mannheim Germany as a Flight Surgeon. He deployed to Afghanistan 2009-2010 as a Battalion Surgeon with the 782 BSB , 4thBCT, 82ndABN Division, where he served as the ZabulProvince Surgeon. In 2010 he returned to WR NMMC for a Pediatric ID Fellowship. Following this he was assigned to the Viral Diseases Division at WRAIR where he served as the Primary or Associate Investigator Research Programs including Dengue, Ebola, Hantavirus, and Malaria vaccine programs. In 2015, he promoted to COL and was assigned to Schofield Barracks as the Deputy Commander for Clinical Services. His current assignment is Deputy Commander for Clinical Services, Evans Army Community Hospital, Ft. Carson, CO.
COL Ruck has attended the AMEDD Executive Skills Course, Intermediate Systems Acquisitions Course, Tropical Medicine Diplomate Course, Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualty Course, ILE Course, AMEDD Officer Advanced Course, Naval Undersea Medicine Course, and the Naval Officer Basic Course.
COL Ruck’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), the Army Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), the Navy Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, the Meritorious Unit Award, the Army Superior Unit Award, and the Order of Military Medical Merit.
Colonel Irma Hartman is a graduate of the University of Miami, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore with a Master of Science in Nursing Degree as a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.
COL Hartman hails from Puerto Rico. Following the Officer Basic Course in 1996, LTC Hartman served as a medical-surgical staff nurse in Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX. She then served as an emergency nurse at BAMC, the only Level -I Trauma Center in the Army. Her follow-on assignment was as an emergency nurse in the 121 General Hospital in Yongsan, South Korea. She returned to the emergency department at BAMC and then worked as Chief of the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training Officer on her return from S. Korea.
COL Hartman attended graduate school through the Army’s Long Term Health and Education Program at the University of Maryland. After graduating she served as the Clinical Nurse Officer in Charge of the Department of Emergency Medicine at DeWitt Army Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, VA. During her time at Dewitt ACH, she deployed to BaladIraq with the 61st Multi-functional Medical Battalion as the Chief of Clinical Operations. Upon her redeployment LTC Hartman was greatly involved in the Base Realignment and Closure of Dewitt Army Community hospital and the opening of the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital where served as the Clinical Nurse Officer In Charge of the Department of Emergency Medicine. She then served as an Assignment Officer for Lieutenants, new accessions, critical care and emergency nurses and as the Deputy Branch Chief at Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, KY. She then has a short assignment as the Chief of Emergency Nursing at the San Antonio Military Medical Center before being activated for battalion level command.
COL Hartman commanded the Public Health Activity-Fort Bragg, Fort Bragg, NC before moving to Evans Army Community Hospital as the Chief, Department of Inpatient Services. She is currently the Deputy Commander for Nursing at Evans ACH. COL Hartman completed the Army Officer Basic Course, the AMEDD Advance Course, Intermediate Level Education, the Defense Strategy Course, AMEDD Executive Skills Course, and is currently enrolled in the Army War College Distance Education Program.
Her awards and decorations include a Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Korean Defense Service Medal. She is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit and has been awarded The Army Surgeon General’s “A” proficiency designator.
Lieutenant Colonel Ryan M. Spillane was born in Ft Benning, GA, but considers Colorado Springs his home. A
third-generation Army officer, he lived around the world, but settled in Colorado and attended the University of
Colorado, Colorado Springs where he studied American Political Systems and Public Law. In 2002, he
graduated a Distinguished Military Graduate, received his commission into the Medical Service Corps and
entered active duty.
LTC Spillane began his service as a Medical Platoon Leader in 1-5th Infantry, 1st Brigade (STRYKER) 25th
Infantry Division at Ft Lewis, WA. In 2004, he was selected to attend the Initial Entry Rotary Wing (IERW)
course and become a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) pilot. After attending flight training, he served as Platoon
Leader and Executive Officer in C Company, 3-2 General Support Aviation Battalion in Korea. He deployed as
the MEDEVAC Detachment Commander to OEF IX in support of the 101st Airborne Division. After attending the
Aviation Captains Career Course, he reported to Ft Campbell, KY as the Assistant S3, 6th Battalion, 101st
Aviation Regiment. In April, 2010, he assumed command of Foxtrot Company (Air Traffic Services), 6th
Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment while deployed to Afghanistan. After command, LTC Spillane remained with
the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade as the Plans Officer and Assistant Brigade S3. In 2012, selected for the
AMEDD Long Term Health Education and Training (LTHET) master’s degree program, he attended Western
Kentucky University and received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, graduating at the top of his
class and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society. Following an internship at Brooke
Army Medical Center in Ft Sam Houston, Texas, where he studied the role of a Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
and Comptroller of an Army hospital, LTC Spillane served as the CFO and Chief of Resource Management in
three consecutive hospital assignments: the 65th Medical Brigade and Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital
(ACH) in Yongsan, South Korea, Blanchfield ACH, Ft Campbell, KY, and most recently at Evans ACH, Ft
LTC Spillane’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army
Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2 awards), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 awards), Valorous
Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and NATO Medal. His decorations include the Combat Medical
Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge and the Army Aviator Badge.
Ms.SheriFerguson assumed duties as the Chief Quality Support Division in July 2011 and as the first civilian Deputy to the Commander for Quality and Safety in October 2015. Sheri is the primary advisor to the Commander on all issues related to the planning, coordination, and execution of all quality, accreditation, healthcare informatics, clinical data quality, patient experience and safety programs. She serves as a critical member of the senior leadership team having full involvement in the strategic and operational decisions impacting the organization and in the achievement of both short-term and long-term goals.
Colonel Sheri Ferguson served as the Deputy Commander for Health Services & Nursing, Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, June 2008-May 2011.Prior to this assignment, COL Ferguson served as the Chief, Nursing Administration at Carl R. DarnallArmy Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas.COL Ferguson served as the Medical Surgical Nurse Consultant to The Surgeon General for five years.
Other key assignments included Chief, Community Medicine, Fort Irwin, CA; Program Manager for the Military Health System Population Health, TRICARE Management Activity, Falls Church, VA; Director, Practical Nurse Course, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA; Nurse Advisor, Captains Career Course, Fort Sam Houston, TX.
COL Ferguson received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Indiana University.She earned a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Colorado, a Master of Science in Education for the University of Southern California, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado.She is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
COL Ferguson’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, six awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, four awards of the Army Commendation Medal, seven awards of the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (with 3 Device).She earned the Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge and the prestigious 9A proficiency designator. She also earned the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service, the highest civilian award by the Secretary of Defense. COL Ferguson is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.
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