Rachel Armstrong, PhD, MBA, RN

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  • 2013 Fellow
    Rachel Armstrong

Regional Nurse Executive

U.S. Army - Northern Regional Medical Command

Vienna, VA

Colonel Rachel Armstrong attended The Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1985. In 1986, she received a Direct Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps. She completed a Master of Science in Nursing with honors in 1997, and a Master of Business Administration in 1999, both from The University of the Incarnate Word. In 2004, she completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from George Mason University. She is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and earned a Master of Strategic Studies in 2007. Colonel Armstrong is a certified Nurse Executive through the American Nurse Credentialing Center and is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.  Colonel Armstrong began her military career on Ward 57 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She has held a variety of challenging nursing leadership positions at Patterson Army Community Hospital, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, and Brooke Army Medical Center. During Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, she served with the 46th Combat Support Hospital in Saudi Arabia and Iraq. From 1999 to 2001, she served as the Army Nurse Corps Officer Basic Course Nurse Advisor at the Army Medical Department Center and School. After completing her doctoral studies in 2004, she was assigned to the Department of Nursing Research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and later held the position of Deputy Chief of Nursing Research. During the First Session of the 110th Congress, she was assigned as the Military Nurse Fellow to Senator Daniel K. Inouye. From 2008 to 2010, Colonel Armstrong served on the Army Staff as the Nurse Staff Officer to The Surgeon General. In 2010, she was selected as Commander of the 9th Area Medical Laboratory, and deployed her unit to Japan after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear incident in support of Operation Tomodachi. COL Rachel Armstrong is currently the Regional Nurse Executive for the Northern Regional Medical Command.       Her military training includes the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course, The Army Medical Department Officer Advanced Course, the Combat Casualty Care Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Army Command and General Staff School, the Advanced Nurse Leadership Course, the Instructor Trainer Couse, the Defense Strategy Course, and the Army War College.  Her awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Saudi / Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, and the Army Staff Badge. She was recognized as a recipient of the Order of Military Medical Merit. She was awarded with the 9A Proficiency Designator from The Surgeon General.