Colonel Deydre S. Teyhen
Commander, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Colonel Deydre S. Teyhen was born in Canton, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Arts in sports science at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1993. She earned a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the U.S. Army-Baylor University in 1995, completed her Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Texas in 2004, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Baylor University in 2008. Col. Teyhen graduated with distinction from the U.S. Army War College with a master’s degree in strategic studies in 2014.
Prior to assuming command of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Col. Teyhen commanded the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks. Prior to that she served as the Assistant Chief of Staff-Public Health at the Army’s Office of the Surgeon General where she led the Army’s Performance Triad initiative and oversaw Army Medicine’s response to public health diseases, such as the Zika and Ebola viruses. As the Commander, Public Health Command Region-South, she led public health efforts over the 11 southeastern states, Puerto Rico, Honduras, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Prior assignments include: deputy director, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center at Fort Detrick, Maryland; associate professor and director of the Center for Physical Therapy Research for the U.S. Army-Baylor University doctoral program in physical therapy at Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Officer-in-Charge of Task Force 10 Delta Med in Al Kut, Iraq; chief of Musculoskeletal Care Center and chief of Physical Therapy at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, Fort Meade, Maryland; chief of Outpatient Physical Therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C.; chief, Physical Therapy, 21st Combat Support Hospital in Tuzla, Bosnia; and physical therapist at Darnall Army Community Hospital, Fort Hood, Texas.
Col. Teyhen’s research portfolio focuses on Soldier health and medical readiness (public health, musculoskeletal medicine, behavioral health, resiliency, imaging, and technology). Her research accomplishments include over $5 million in grants, 80 peer-reviewed publications, 110 presentations at conferences, and 130 invited lectures. Col. Teyhen is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a Cooper Institute Certified Health Promotion Director. Key military awards include the Legion of Merit (2OLC), the Army Medical Department’s Order of Military Medical Merit, the Surgeon General’s “A” proficiency Designator, and the U.S. Army War College Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research. Key civilian awards include Outstanding Dissertation Award from the University of Texas, the American Physical Therapy Association Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Academic Faculty Member, and inducted into the Kinesiology and Health Education Distinguished Alumna Hall of Honor, University of Texas, Austin, Texas.
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.