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Sunday, 12 February 2017

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY - AFRICAN AMERICAN " LIEUTENANT GENERAL NADJA Y. WEST " IS A UNITED STATES ARMY GENERAL AND THE 44th U.S. ARMY SURGEON GENERAL AND COMMANDING GENERAL OF THE U.S. MEDICAL COMMAND - GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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N Nadja West
Nadja Y. West
Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West, Army Surgeon General.jpg
(pictured here as a Major General)
Born 1961 (age 55–56)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1982 -
Rank Army-USA-OF-08.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held McDonald Army Community Hospital
Womack Army Medical Center
Europe Regional Medical Command[1]
Awards Army Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (4)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (3)
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal (3)[2]
Nadja Y. West is a United States Army lieutenant general and the 44th U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command. West is the first black Army Surgeon General, and was the first black female active duty major general and the first black female major general in Army Medicine.[3][4] Lt. Gen. West is also the first Army black female lieutenant general.[5] She is the highest ranking female to have graduated from the United States Military Academy.

Contents
1 Early life and education
2 Career
3 Awards and recognition Early life and education
West is from the District of Columbia, and graduated high school at the Academy of the Holy Names in Silver Spring, Maryland. In 1982, West obtained a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point,[6] and a Doctorate of Medicine from George Washington University School of Medicine in 1988.[7]

West is married to Donald West, a retired Army colonel. They have two children; Sydney, 21, and Logan, 18.[6]

Career[edit]
West's historic promotion to be the first black female major general took place on April 19, 2013. Of her promotion, West said, "I never really thought about that part. My parents taught me to work hard and be the best I can be and things will work out. I’m just really honored. If anything at all, I hope I can be an inspiration to any one or any group that has not seen themselves in certain positions. We all want to see people who look like us doing certain things to give us inspiration. Hopefully, I can inspire someone to be able to say, 'I can do that.'"[4]

Lt. Gen. West swears in.
Lt. Gen. West takes the U.S. Army Surgeon General oath of office. Her husband, COL(Ret) Donald West, holds the Bible.
On December 11, 2015, the Senate confirmed the nomination of West to be promoted to lieutenant general[8] and she became the 44th Army Surgeon General. This made West the Army’s first black Surgeon General, as well as the Army’s first black woman to hold the rank of lieutenant general and the Army's highest ranking woman who graduated from the United States Military Academy.[9][10] Lt. Gen. West was promoted on February 9, 2016, and formally assumed command of MEDCOM on February 10, 2016.[5][11]

West completed her Family Medicine internship and residency at Martin Army Hospital. She deployed during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield while assigned there. West finished her residency in dermatology at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and University of Colorado Medical Center. She was Chief, Dermatology Service at Heidelberg Army Hospital in Germany.[3] West obtained a Master of Science in National Security Strategy. Of her military medical career, West says, "If you want to feel inspired about what military medicine does, see how appreciative these men and women are for the care they’ve received. It’s right here. It’s the reason the military health system exists: to take care of brave men and women like them."[6]

West's previous command positions include Commanding General, Europe Regional Medical Command; Commander, Womack Army Medical Center; and Division Surgeon, 1st Armored Division, Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany. West was Joint Staff Surgeon, Joint Staff, Washington.

West is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Awards and recognitions
CombatMedBadge.gif Combat Medical Badge
ArmyFltSurg.gif Basic Flight Surgeon Badge
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg Basic Parachutist Badge
AirAssault.svg Air Assault Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
US Army Special Forces Shoulder Sleeve Insignia.svg U.S. Army Special Forces Combat Service Identification Badge
U.S. Army Medical Department Regimental Insignia.jpg Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Distinctive Unit Insignia
German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency.jpg German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency in Gold
Army Distinguished Service Medal[2]
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf clusterBronze oak leaf clusterBronze oak leaf cluster Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters[2]
Defense Meritorious Service Medal[2]
Bronze oak leaf clusterBronze oak leaf cluster Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters[2]
Army Commendation Medal[2]
Bronze oak leaf clusterBronze oak leaf cluster Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters[2]
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Bronze star National Defense Service Medal with one service star
Bronze starBronze starBronze star Southwest Asia Service Medal with three service stars
Bronze star Kosovo Campaign Medal with one service star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 4.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 4
NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia[12]
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)