Lieutenant General Ronald Blanck (Retired), D.O. will speak about his experiences in Vietnam as part of the Big Read Ephrata 2010. His presentation, “A Battalion Surgeon Remembers…” will take place on September 27 at 6 p.m. at the Ephrata Public Library. The program is free and open to the public.
An Ephrata native, Lieutenant General Ronald R. Blanck (Retired), D.O. began his military career in 1968 as a medical officer and battalion surgeon in Vietnam. He retired 32 years later as a Lieutenant General and Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command — with more than 46,000 military personnel and 26,000 civilian employees throughout the world. In his talk, Dr. Blanck will discuss some of the day to day activities in an artillery battalion and compare some of the medical practices then and now.During his distinguished military career, Dr. Blanck also served as commander of Walter Reed Medical Center North Atlantic Region Medical Command and director of professional services and chief of Medical Corps Affairs for the U.S. Army Surgeon General. Other assignments included assistant chief of the General Medicine Service in the Department of Medicine at Walter Reed, assistant dean of student affairs at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine and chief of the Department of Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center. His academic credentials include teaching positions at Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University School of Medicine, The Uniformed Services University, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of North Texas Health Science Center Dr. Blanck’s military honors include Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service and Army Commendation Medals.
Dr. Blanck continues to be consulted as an advisor on bioterrorism issues and an expert in preparing the medical community to respond to mass casualty incidents or those involving weapons of mass destruction. In addition to his many speaking engagements and advisory positions, he chairs task forces on bioterrorism for both the Texas Medical Association and the American Osteopathic Association.
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. For more information about this year’s Big Read Ephrata, visit their website at www.thebigreadephrata.org.
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