Leadership

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Colonel Clinton K. Murray
Commander, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

Colonel Murray grew up in Lubbock, Texas. He received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Texas Tech University in 1991, medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 1996 and Master of Strategic Study degree from the Army War College in 2015. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 1999 and a fellowship in infectious disease at Brooke Army Medical Center/San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium in 2002.

He is currently the Commander of WRAIR. He previously served as the United States Forces Korea and United Nations Command Surgeon. He commanded the 1st Area Medical Laboratory, the Army’s only operational deployable laboratory for theater-level validation of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents from 2017-2019. He served as the deputy corps chief for the Medical Corps and Medical Corps specific branch proponency officer from 2015 to 2017, chief of the ID service at BAMC from 2011-2015 and program director for the combined Army and Air Force ID fellowship in San Antonio, Texas, from 2005-2012. He was the ID consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General from 2016-2020. He is professor of medicine at USUHS, fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America and master of the American College of Physicians.

He deployed as the senior medical officer of a medical company, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division to Ramadi, Iraq, in 2003-04 under the 82nd Airborne Division for six months and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force for the second six months. He deployed in 2012 for an infection control and ID review of 20+ U.S., coalition and Afghan medical treatment facilities. In 2013, he worked with the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, assisting the establishment of the ID/preventive medicine residency program of the Afghan National Army in Kabul. He returned to Afghanistan in 2015 with the Expeditionary Surgical Assessment Team supporting the Special Operations Command’s review of the golden-hour surgical capability. In addition, he performed research and teaching across Africa, Asia, Europe and South/Central America. He has published over 340 peer-reviewed manuscripts, guidelines, reviews and book chapters. His research areas include global health security, leptospirosis, multidrug-resistant bacteria such as MRSA and acinetobacter and combat-related injury infections including burns and extremity trauma.

His military awards include the ‘A’ Proficiency Designator in ID, Order of Military Medical Merit, Combat Action Badge, Parachute Badge, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, and International Security Assistance Force Operation NATO Medal. He received over 30 research, mentoring and teaching awards including the USU Alumni Association’s School of Medicine Award-Graduate of the Year, USU Distinguished Alumnus and The Surgeon General's Award for Military Academic Excellence (Lewis Aspey Mologne Award).

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Command Sergeant Major Natasha M. Santiago 
Command Sergeant Major, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

Command Sergeant Major Natasha Santiago started her career in October of 1998.  She attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) and was granted the military occupational specialty as a licensed practical nurse (LPN).  

She served as a medical and surgical nurse and coronary care staff nurse at WRAMC; staff LPN on the intensive care unit (ICU), Fort Belvoir, Virginia; non-commissioned officer in charge (NCOIC), Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic, Yongsan, South Korea then NCOIC, 121st General Hospital Field Site and Troop Medical Clinic Joint Commission Clinical Coordinator, Camp Humphreys, South Korea; squad leader, ICU wardmaster, platoon sergeant, HHD detachment sergeant, battalion operations NCOIC, and chief wardmaster, all with the 86th Combat Support Hospital, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where she deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn; NCOIC, Hospital Education and Staff Development and directorate NCOIC, Infant and Women’s Services, Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Senior Clinical NCO, first sergeant, and sergeant major at the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.  

Command Sgt. Maj. Santiago holds a Master of Sports Management degree with concentration in coaching theory and strategy from American Military University where she graduated with honors.  She is a Class 68 graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Sergeants Major Course.  Her military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, First Sergeant Course, Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course (Commandant’s List), Basic Healthcare Administration Course, Total Army Instructor Training Course, Combatives Levels I & II Courses, and the Unit Movement and Air load Planners Courses. 

Command Sgt. Maj. Santiago’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 bronze stars), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 5), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd Award), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation (1 OLC), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Bronze) and the Combat Action Badge.

Command Sgt. Maj. Santiago is an inductee into the Order of Military Medical Merit and is a recipient of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Award.