Office of the Commandant, School of Medicine

Commandant, School of Medicine

Brigilda (Bri) Teneza, MD, MPH Brigilda (Bri) Teneza, MD, MPH
Lieutenant Colonel, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
USUHS C1021
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814-4712
(301) 295-3121
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The Commandant of the USU School of Medicine (SOM) is the senior military officer-in-charge of all officers assigned as students to the F. Edward H├ębert School of Medicine. With the support of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Public Health Service Company Commanders, the Commandant exercises command and control over the medical and graduate students assigned to the University.

The mission of the Office of the Commandant is to provide military leadership, to teach and instill officership, and to support medical education and professional development so that each student achieves the goal of becoming a world class military physician.

The Commandant reports to the Brigade Commander for military issues and chain of command accountability and serves as the military advisor to the Dean of the SOM. Duties and responsibilities of the Commandant, SOM include:

  • Deputy Brigade Commander
  • Chairman, Board of Review of Inter-service Transfers
  • Member, Student Promotions Committee
  • Member, Student Award Committee
  • Advisor to the Dean and Associate Dean for Student Affairs
  • Provides student resources for Service-specific military career counseling and officer professional development
  • Model, stimulate, and foster professional leadership and officership
  • Directs Service-specific mandated programs such as physical fitness, weight control, urinalysis testing, officer professional development, and equal opportunity
  • Serves as a facilitator for military administrative requirements

Medical Student Chain of Command

Graduate Student Chain of Command

  • Commandant, School of Medicine
    • Service-Specific Commands
  • GEO Enlisted Advisor
    • Program Student Leader

Army Company Commander

CPT Mavlyn J. Bazil

The Army Company Commander has 248 Army medical students in her command and is responsible for their Officer Professional Development, welfare, morale, and readiness. Additional responsibilities include the supervision and management of all administrative aspects of the company which includes physical fitness testing, weight management, financial management, career development counseling, and drug and alcohol testing. Additionally this position carries with it an appointment as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine which entails assisting in the instruction of basic field medical skills courses and combat medical skills courses. The Army Company Commander serves as an advisor to the Commandant on all matters pertaining to the professional development of all student officers in all the branches of service represented at USUHS; Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Public Health Service.
 
Mavlyn J. Bazil
CPT, MS, USA
USUHS, C1019
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814-4712
(301) 295-9433
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Army Enlisted Advisor

Joseph A. Mickles

The Army Company Enlisted Advisor assists the Army Company Commander in all matters relating to the professional development of the medical students. This includes conducting formations and inspections, providing guidance to students on Army policies, instructions and regulations, and providing a positive example of the credibility and capabilities of the NCO Corps. Additionally, he takes an active role in preparing students to participate in Operation Bushmaster, FTX Kerkesner, and the Antietam Road March.
 
Joseph A. Mickles, SFC, USA
USUHS, C1019
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814-4799
(301) 295-0593
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Navy Company Commander

Amanda R. Massey, MSC, USN

The Navy Company Commander has 202 Navy medical students in her command and is responsible for their Officer Professional Development, welfare, morale, and readiness. Additional responsibilities include the supervision and management of all administrative aspects of the company which includes physical fitness testing, weight management, financial management, career development counseling, and drug and alcohol testing. The Navy Company Commander serves as an advisor to the Commandant on all matters pertaining to the professional development of all student officers in all the branches of service represented at USUHS; Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Public Health Service.

Melissa J. Strahan

LT MSC USN
Navy Company Commander
F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine
Uniformed Services University
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814-4799
(301) 295-9434
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Navy Enlisted Advisor

Jennifer White

The Navy Company and PHS Company Enlisted Advisor assists the Navy Company Commander and the PHS Company Commander in all matters relating to the professional development of the medical students. This includes conducting formations and inspections, providing guidance to students on Navy and PHS policies and regulations, and providing a positive example of the credibility and capabilities of the NCO Corps. Additionally, he takes an active role in preparing students to participate in Operation Bushmaster, FTX Kerkesner, and the Antietam Road March.
 
Jennifer White
USUHS, C1019
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814-4799
(301) 295-9667
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Public Health Service Senior Advisor

Rob Lyerla

The PHS Senior Advisor has the PHS medical and graduate students in his command and is responsible for their Officer Professional Development, welfare, morale and readiness. He helps ensure that upon completion of their training they are able to contribute to the mission of the PHS "to protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our Nation." Additional responsibilities include the supervision and management of all administrative aspects of the company. He serves as an advisor to the Commandant on all matters pertaining to the professional development of all student officers in all the branches of services represented at USUHS; Army, Navy, AirForce, and Public Health Service.
 
Rob Lyerla, Ph.D., CAPT, USPHS
USPHS Senior Advisor
Rm C1012
4301 Jones Bridge Rd
Bethesda MD 20814
(301) 295-4317
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website: http://www.usphs.gov or USPHS


Air Force Squadron Commander

Maj Angelique Collamer

The Air Force Squadron Commander has 200 Air Force medical students in her command; she is responsible for their Officer Professional Development, welfare, morale, and readiness and serves as a military professional role model. Additional responsibilities include the supervision and management of all administrative aspects of the squadron which includes physical fitness testing, weight management, financial management, career development counseling, and drug and alcohol testing. Additionally this position carries with it an appointment as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine which entails assisting in the instruction of basic field medical skills courses and combat medical skills courses. The Air Force Squadron Commander serves as an advisor to the Commandant on all matters pertaining to the professional development of all student officers in all the branches of service represented at USUHS; Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Public Health Service and ensures policies are consistent with DoD and Air Force guidelines.

Maj Angelique Collamer, M.D., USAF, MC
USUHS, C1019
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814-4799
301-295-3280
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Air Force Enlisted Advisor

MSgt Donathan

The Air Force Squadron Enlisted Advisor assists the Air Force Squadron Commander in all matters relating to the professional development of the medical students. This includes conducting formations and inspections, providing guidance to students on Air Force policies, instructions and regulations, and providing a positive example of the credibility and capabilities of the NCO Corps.

MSgt Leanne Donathan
USUHS, C1019
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814-4799
(301) 295-0555
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GEO Enlisted Advisor

HMC(SW) Daryl A. Mercado

The Graduate Educational Office Senior Enlisted Advisor assists the Service-specific Company Commanders in all matters pertaining to officer professional development and military support of the uniformed graduate students. He provides guidance on all-Service policies and regulations; coordinates Fitness Reports/Training Reports/Academic Evaluation Reports, General Military Training, physical fitness testing and Officer Development Courses; and provides a positive example of the credibility and capabilities of the NCO Corps. He advises the Commandant, School of Medicine on all military matters within the Graduate programs. Additionally, he liaises between the Commandant's office, the Dean of the Graduate school, and the Graduate School Program Directors, serving approximately 115 Tri-Service graduate students enrolled in 15 different Masters and Doctoral Programs.

HMC(SW) Daryl A. Mercado

USUHS, C1013
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814-4799
(301) 319-4727
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