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Major General Deborah C. Wheeling (Retired)



Deputy Surgeon General for the Army National Guard

Major General Deborah C. Wheeling assumed duties as Deputy Surgeon General for the Army National Guard, Office of the Surgeon General on 1 November 2005. As Deputy Surgeon General, General Wheeling provides consultative services and strategic planning in all aspects of medical readiness, health care, medical personnel, medical operational and training issues that comprise the critical medical readiness indicators pertaining to the Army National Guard and its more than 340,000 Citizen Soldiers.

Major General Wheeling began her military service in September 1975 with a direct appointment to the Army Nurse Corps. Her experiences have encompassed a myriad of assignments within both Active and Reserve Components, serving as the Assistant Surgeon General for Mobilization, Readiness and Army National Guard Affairs prior to assuming the Deputy Surgeon General position in 2005.


1975 Columbia University, BSN, Nursing
1980 Duke University, MSN, Adult Oncology
2001 Army War College, MS Strategic Studies


1. Sep 73 - Jun 75, Army Student Nurse Corps, Columbia University, New York, New York
2. Sep 75 - Oct 75, AMEDD Officer Basic, FT Sam Houston, Texas
3. Oct 75 - May 76, Staff Nurse, Orthopedic Surgery, Silas B Hayes Community Hospital, FT Ord, California
4. May 76 - Aug 76, Student, Maternity/Gynecology Course, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
5. Sep 76 - Aug 79, Staff Nurse/ Assistant Head Nurse, Gynecology/ Gynecologic Oncology, Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Denver, Colorado
6. Sep 79 - Oct 80, Staff Nurse, USAR 3264th Augmentation Hospital, Durham, North Carolina, attached USAR 312th Evacuation Hospital, Greensboro, North Carolina
7. Nov 80 - Sep 81, Head Nurse, Obstetrics and Gynecology Outpatient Clinic, USA MEDDAC, FT Bragg, North Carolina
8. Oct 81 - Jun 83, Head Nurse, General Surgery/Urology Outpatient Clinic, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Oncology, Hematology/Oncology Service, USA MEDDAC, FT Bragg, North Carolina
9. Jun 82 - Jun 83, PROFIS, 5th MASH, 44th Medical Brigade, FT Bragg, North Carolina
10. Jul 83 - Dec 83, Student, AMEDD Officer Advanced Course. XO, 2nd Platoon. Ft Sam Houston, Texas
11. Jan 84 - Sep 84, Staff Nurse Hematology/Oncology, Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Medical Service, Brooke Army Medical Center, FT Sam Houston, Texas
12. Feb85 - Sep 91, State Chief Nurse, HQ, STARC, West Virginia Army National Guard, Charleston, West Virginia
13. Oct 91 - Feb94, Special Project Officer, Health Services Branch, HQ, STARC, New York Army National Guard, Latham, New York
14. Jul 94 - Dec 96, State Chief Nurse, HQ, STARC, New York Army National Guard, Latham, New York
15. Dec 96 - Dec 99, Deputy Commander, DET 6, STARC Medical Detachment, HQ STARC, New York Army National Guard, Latham, New York
16. Jan 00 - Oct 02, Chief, Clinical Services, National Guard Bureau Surgeon's Office, Army National Guard Readiness Center, Arlington, Virginia
17. Nov 02 - present, Deputy Surgeon General for the Army National Guard, Office of the Surgeon General, Falls Church, Virginia


Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Commendation Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Good Conduct Medal
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
National Defense Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Service Stars)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Silver Hourglass)
Army Superior Unit Award
The Order of Military Medical Merit
The Surgeon General's 9A Proficiency Designator


1LT USAR 12 Jun 75
CPT USAR 15 Sep 77
MAJ ARNGUS 17 Jan 86
COL ARNGUS 24 Jul 97
BG ARNGUS 19 Nov 03
MG ARNGUS 18 Nov 05

(Current as of November 2006)