Captain Hali Picciano, airing Dec. 20 #MCUSAR

Picciano 141220Army Med Specialist Corps 120519Captain Hali Picciano
U.S. Army Medical Command

CPT Hali Picciano was born March 9, 1977, in Montebello, California. CPT Picciano enlisted into the Army in 2001 attending Basic Training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. She joined the military as a dental technician and served in various duty locations from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 30th Medical Brigade, Aberdeen Proving Grounds; her last enlisted assignment was at the Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (CHPPM). All the while she went to school and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland University College in 2005. She was selected as a direct candidate for commissioning and began her life as an Army Medical Service Corps Officer in March 2008.

Michael P. Hoffman

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Randolph Field

Michael P. Hoffman, 68, is the author of Randolph Field, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images showcasing “The West Point of the air.”

Hoffman is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel. Although not an aviator he has had a lifelong interest in Air Force history and military aviation. His father was a career Air Force pilot, and a combat veteran of World War II.

Dr. Vic Convertino

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Vic Convertino 141106U.S. Army Institute of Surgical ResearchDr. Vic Convertino
Senior research scientist
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research

Dr. Vic Convertino is a Senior Research Scientist (SES) and physiologist at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He received baccalaureate degrees in Mathematics and Physical Education at the California State University at San Jose, a Masters degree in Exercise Science and a Ph.D. degree in Physiology at the University of California at Davis. His professional career has taken him to positions at NASA’s Ames Research Center, the Stanford University School of Medicine, the University of Arizona, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory before assuming his present position. Dr. Convertino holds adjunct professor positions on the faculty of six universities and at the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine.

Turner McGarity

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Sergeant Major (ret.) Turner McGarity
Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers

Turner N. McGarity retired as a sergeant major from the U.S. Army in 1991, after more than 25 years of service. He went on to serve as assistant commandant of the Corps of Cadets, Texas Military Institute, from 1993 until 2009.

A San Antonio native, McGarity graduated from Phillis Wheatley High School in 1964 and returned to settle in his hometown following his military career. In addition to his work with the Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers, he is an active member of Friendship Baptist Church. He also has been officiating basketball and football games with UIL and the TASO Officials Chapter for 25 years.

Colonel (Dr.) Michael Wirt

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Institute for Surgical Research

Colonel (Dr.) Michael D. Wirt was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Chemical Corps in 1986, after graduating from U.S. Army Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia. Following graduation, he served on active duty with the 1-70th Armor Battalion, 5th Infantry Division, and in multiple subsequent assignments as a Chemical Officer in the Army Reserves until 1994. During this period, COL Wirt completed a Masters Degree and Doctorate in Bioinorganic Chemistry at Georgetown University, followed by a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in magnetic resonance at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. COL Wirt is also a 1998 graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he obtained his Doctorate of Medicine degree, followed by completion of an internship in General Surgery and his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, in 2004.

Major General Joseph DiSalvo

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MAJ GEN Joseph DiSalvo 141115Army South 120908Major General Joseph DiSalvo
Commanding General
U.S. Army South

Major General Joseph P. DiSalvo assumed Command of U.S. Army South, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, on June 24, 2013. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree and is an airborne ranger Armored Cavalry Officer. He also holds a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

He has served in armored and mechanized units throughout his career, both in the United States and in Europe (7 years). He has commanded the 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. He also was the senior Brigade Trainer at the U.S. Army National Training Center.

Phil Reidinger, Army Best Medic Competition

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AMEDD Center and School 110423Best Medic CompetitionMr. Phil Reidinger
Director of Communications

Army Medical Department Center & School


AMEDD Center and School holds
2014 CSM Jack L. Clark, Jr. Army Best Medic Competition

Sixty-six soldiers from across the Army will compete in a grueling, continuous 72-hour two-soldier team competition that will test competitors’ physical and cognitive abilities at Camp Bullis from November 5-7, 2014 in order to earn the title of the Army’s Best Medic Team.

The Command Sgt. Maj. Jack L. Clark Jr. Army Best Medic Competition originally evolved from the Expert Field Medical Badge Challenge and is dedicated to the 13th Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Medical Command. This year’s competition will be the 20th year the U.S. Army Medical Command has sought to identify the Army’s best medics.