COLONEL DEBORAH L. WHITMER graduated in 1982 cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences with a minor in political science from the University of California at Davis. She was a distinguished military graduate of the University of California, Davis ROTC program and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in1982 into the Adjutant General Corps. In 1986, she graduated from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. In 2005, she graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno magna cum laude with a Doctorate of Philosophy in biomedical engineering. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2008.
Col. Whitmer served in the Army Reserves as the Battalion Adjutant/S1 for the 2nd BN, 361st
Infantry Training Brigade for three years in Sacramento, CA, while attending the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She then transferred to the US Army Veterinary Reserve Corps. Concurrently, Col. Whitmer established her All Valley's Veterinary Services (AVVS) practice and provided ambulatory medical and surgical care for mixed species, equine predominately, for nearly 20 years in the Reno/Sparks, Las Vegas, and California Sierra Nevada areas, including Herlong Army Depot and the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center. Col. Whitmer joined the 109th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services) then deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) as the Task Force MED North Area Veterinarian. Following deployments, she served as the 109th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services) deputy commander. Col. Whitmer was assessed onto active duty as a comparative medicine veterinary officer and was assigned as chief, Cellular Biology at the US Army Medical Research Detachment - Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (USAMRD-WRAIR), San Antonio, TX. While assigned to USAMRD-WRAIR she conducted directed energy (laser) retinal injury research. She was then assigned as chief, Analytical Toxicology Division, US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD), Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Col. Whitmer deployed again in support of OEF as the US Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) theater veterinarian. She returned to USAMRICD as deputy commander. For her next assignment, Col. Whitmer was selected as commander of the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), Natick, MA. Col. Whitmer was selected to attend Senior Service College at the College of Naval Warfare in Newport, RI. Col. Whitmer next was assigned as chief, Department of Veterinary Sciences at the Army Medical Department Center and School Health Readiness Center of Excellence. Most recently, Col. Whitmer was deputy chief of staff at the US Army Medical Command. Col. Whitmer now serves as the commander of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD.
Col. Whitmer's awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service
Medal (3OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army
Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (with M device)
Afghanistan Expeditionary Medal, GWOT Expeditionary Medal, GWOT Service Medal, and NATO Medal. She is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.