Adventist Physician, Soldier Nominated to Rank
of Brigadier General in the U.S. Army
Seventh-day Adventist and graduate of Pacific Union College and Loma Linda University is poised to become the highest-ranking Adventist woman serving in the U.S. armed forces.
Colonel Loree K. Sutton, a psychiatrist by training, was nominated to the one-star general officer rank by U.S. President George W. Bush on May 10, 2007. Sutton is commander of Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Ft. Hood, Texas, a base located midway between Austin, the state capitol, and Waco. She assumed command of the center on July 7, 2005.
Colonel Loree K. Sutton, MEDCEN Commander [Photo: United States Army]
Her professional interests include Soldier and Family health, holistic fitness, resilience, trauma, stress, disaster medicine, addiction, medical governance, strategic planning and international relations.
Originally from the Loma Linda area, Sutton holds a medical degree from Loma Linda University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Pacific Union College. She is a soldier and psychiatrist whose professional interests include soldier/family health readiness, operational medicine, trauma, stress, resilience, holistic fitness, addiction, leadership, medical governance, public policy, and international relations. “Colonel Sutton has been a great partner and supporter of Metroplex Adventist Hospital in Killeen," says hospital chief executive Ken Finch.
Colonel Sutton has received numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Order of Military Medical Merit. She has earned the Expert Field Medical Badge and the German Armed Forces Efficiency Training Badge (Silver) and is authorized to wear the US Army 9th Infantry Regiment Manchu Warrior Belt Buckle, which is awarded after an arduous, all-night 25-mile march with full gear. She has served in a variety of operational positions both in the states and overseas, including a deployment to Operation Desert Storm.
Selected to serve as a member of Leadership Greater Washington (LW), class of 2003, she was subsequently elected to serve on the organization’s board of directors from 2003-2004.
Colonel Sutton completed her Internship and Residency training in Psychiatry at Letterman Army Medical Center, located at the Presidio of San Francisco, California. Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Colonel Sutton is licensed to practice medicine in California and New Mexico. She is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and a distinguished graduate of the National War College.