Col (Ret.) Mary Garr served 30 years in the United States Army as a Medical Service Officer and is now the Chief Executive Officer of the Army Residence Community, a 750 resident Continuing Care Retirement Community. In her military career, she stood up the San Antonio Military Health System as its first Chief Operating Officer, working to integrate and align Army and Air Force healthcare delivery in San Antonio. Prior to that, she served as the last Commander of the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and merged the Garrison into Joint Base San Antonio, serving as the first Commander of the 502d Mission Support Group, while overseeing all programs and services in support of running a small city. During this period, she concurrently served as the Army Surgeon General’s Healthcare Administration Consultant providing leadership, career management, and guidance to several hundred Army healthcare administrators. Over the course of her military career, she served in a variety of command and staff positions both in the United States and overseas, in hospital, academic, and operational assignments, including Chief of Staff of the Europe Regional Medical Command and William Beaumont Army Medical Center (Ft. Bliss, TX), Commander of the Mannheim Army Health Clinic (Germany), Deputy Commander for Administration/Troop Commander of the 121st General Hospital (Korea), and Administrator and Instructor of the U.S. Army Baylor Graduate Program in Healthcare Administration.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Georgetown University, and Master’s degrees in Health Administration from Baylor University and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Among her awards and decorations, she earned three Legions of Merit, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Army Parachutist Badge, and the Order of Military Medical Merit. COL Garr was the 2011 recipient of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Women’s Opportunity Week Freedom Award and a 2012 recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award.