USO Tribute Cincinnati 2018 Honorees

Colonel (Dr.) Brad Wenstrup, USAR,
Member of Congress – Honorary Chair

Dr. Brad Wenstrup grew up watching Medical Center and knew from an early age that he wanted to help others as a doctor.
After completing undergraduate work at the University of Cincinnati, Brad earned a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree in 1985 from the William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago.
After completing his surgical residency at Thorek Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Wenstrup established a private practice in Cincinnati and treated patients in southwest Ohio for over 26 years. In 1999, Dr. Wenstrup joined and became a partner with Wellington Orthopedic and Sports Medicine in Cincinnati, where he served on the Executive Committee and as Operations Chairman.
Dr. Wenstrup is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He served as the Podiatric Surgical Residency Director for Christ Hospital in Cincinnati before entering Congress.
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Wenstrup joined the Army Reserve in 1998, where he now holds the rank of colonel. From 2005-2006, he deployed to Iraq, where he served as the Podiatrist, the Chief of Surgery, Assistant Deputy Commander, and the Director of the Would Care Clinic with the 344th Combat Support Hospital. In addition to treating U.S. troops, the 344th was responsible for Detainee Healthcare throughout the Iraqi theater, with the heart of the mission taking place at Abu Ghraib Prison Hospital.  In 2017, Dr. Wenstrup was promoted to colonel and is currently assigned to the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army Reserve as a medical policy advisor. During his time in Congress, Wenstrup also fulfills his Reserve duties by serving at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.
Dr. Wenstrup’s first experience with public service came in 2010, when he was appointed as a member of the Cincinnati Board of Health. In 2012, he was elected to represent the people of Ohio’s Second Congressional District.  In the 115th Congress, Dr. Wenstrup serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Selection Committee on Intelligence, and the House Veterans Affairs Committee, where he serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health.   He is also is a member of the House Doctors’ Caucus, a group of health care professionals who are working to implement free market health care solutions based on their combined experience as doctors and nurses. 
Brad lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Monica, and their son, Brad Jr, and daughter, Marie. 

Annemarie E. Orr OTD, OTR/L – Honoree

 Annemarie E. Orr OTD, OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist in the Amputee Service at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. Annemarie is a native of Coronado, California and went on to earn her B.S. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and her Master’s and Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. Since beginning tenure at Walter Reed, her clinic work has focused on the comprehensive care of military service members, retirees and dependents with polytrauma and amputations.  She currently holds positions as an associate investigator on research studies on surgical and rehabilitative advancements in upper and lower extremity amputations and prosthetic technologies. She is also a contributing author to various textbooks, clinical practice guidelines and articles on the topic of rehabilitation of amputations, and is an avid supporter of adaptive sports programming for injured service members.  

Laura Friedman, Physical Therapist – Honoree

 Laura is a Physical Therapist for the DoD Osseointegration Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Ms. Friedman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Communications from California State University of Fullerton, Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy at University of Hartford, and a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at A.T Still University of Arizona. Ms. Friedman has over 18 years of experience of a diverse background that includes amputee care rehabilitation at Kessler Adventist Rehabilitation Center (KARC), Walter Reed Army Military Center (WRAMC), National Navy Medical Center (NNMC) & Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), outpatient neurological (KARC) & orthopedic rehabilitation (WRAMC & WRNMMC), along with the Total Joint team (NNMC). Ms. Friedman has been an employee, as a Physical Therapist, for the DoD since 2004.  Ms. Friedman was an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University teaching Prosthetics and Orthotics for five years from 2005 to 2011.

Atossa (Ati) Tahvildary, The White House – Honoree

 Atossa (Ati) Tahvildary has been serving as a physician assistant in the Department of rehabilitation for past 10 years, participating in Amputee, Opioid, mobility and general rehabilitation clinic. 
Prior working as a PA, she had completed Master of Science in chemical Engineering in 1996. She graduated from PA program at UMD, and Howard University in 2005. She also completed graduate program in surgery for PAs at Adventist health care in Maryland.

She is currently a member of White House medical unit.

 Peter Paul Anderson, Prosthetist – Honoree

 Peter Paul Anderson is a certified prosthetist-orthotist and lead lower extremity prosthetist with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Since Jan. 2013 he has been involved in the rehabilitation and development of prosthetics for military patients and their family members.
Prior to Walter Reed, Mr. Anderson had ten years under his belt working and volunteering in the prosthetics and orthotics field in Texas, Virginia, Haiti and in Las Vegas, Nevada while his wife was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base.  Mr. Anderson has dedicated his life’s work to the advancement of full-service care and quality of life restoration for his patients’ and their families.
Outside of work, Mr. Anderson enjoys golf, fishing, surfing and spending time with his wife and two dogs.

Steven Springer, Army – Honoree


Steven Springer earned a Bachelor of Science Degree of Nursing in 1986 from Widener University. Steve Springer is one of two Nursing care Coordinators for the Amputee Service which encompasses the Military Advanced Training Center (MATC) located at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.  He has been working for this program since 2003.

He served in the US Army for 20  years with assignments including Ft Benning as an enlisted infantryman and Officers Candidate School, Ft Belvoir, VA and Ft Leonard Wood, MO as an Engineer Officer; as a nurse he served at Ft Eustis, VA; Ft Sill, OK; Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii; the US Military Academy, West Point and Ft Hood, TX.

His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), and the Army Commendation Medal (2OLC) and the Army Achievement Medal (1OLC) the Expert Field Medical Badge and the Ranger tab.

He currently resides in Potomac Maryland with his wife Barbara and they have two sons, Nicholas and Michael.


Robert Bahr, Physical Therapist – Honoree

Robert Bahr has been a Physical Therapist for 43 years, splitting his career with active military service for twenty four years around the globe and continued civilian service following military duty.  After graduating from the University of Kansas, Lawrence with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Duke University with a Master's of Science degree in Physical Therapy, Robert worked in a home health agency in Nashville, Tennessee for three years before starting a twenty four year career on active duty with the US Army Medical Department.   He served primarily in the Southeastern United States and Germany.  Assignments included Fort Gordon, GA as a staff therapist, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD as chief of a small clinic,  Fort Hood, TX as the Assistant Chief of the Clinic, Fort Lee, VA as clinic chief, 130th Station Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany as the Assistant Chief, Fort Benning, GA as Chief of the clinic, Fort Gordon, GA as Chief of the clinic, Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC as the Assistant Chief, and at Fort Myer, VA as the Chief of the clinic.  After retirement, he continued to serve the military community at Fort Belvoir hospital.   In 2004, Robert took a job in Physical Therapy at the Military Advanced Treatment Center (MATC) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, working as a contractor primarily with amputees from Iraq and Afghanistan.   He became a government civilian and continued to work at the Military Advanced Treatment Center with eventually being transferred to the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.  He currently is the longest serving physical therapist in the MATC.   He has also devoted time to the Achilles International Track Club which supports disabled individuals in the military and civilian communities.  He has been instrumental in developing and maintaining the Segway’s for Vets Program from its inception.  Over the years he has had a positive impact on the patients he has seen.

USO Tribute Cincinnati 2017 Honorees

Dr. Scott Sayre – Honorary Chair

Dr. Scott Sayre, DDS is president of Advance Dentistry and has been a longtime supporter of the USO. His family’s history in the armed forces, his own service in the US Air Force Reserve, and a lifelong commitment to leadership have all led Dr. Sayre to take a personal and active role in the USO, its community, and its mission.  Joining the USAF in 2004, Dr. Sayre received direct commission to Lt. Col. and served as Chief of Dental Services for the 445th Aerospace Medicine Squadron at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He was promoted to Col. in 2008 and later assumed the role of the unit’s Commander. Working with his team to evolve the unit’s operating systems and standards, Col. Sayre was responsible for the medical/dental and preventative well-being of 2500 service members.  Prior to retiring from the USAF in 2016, Col. Sayre deployed on annual tours to three foreign countries — Senegal, Ghana, and Guatemala. During all of these joint medical missions, he served as chief dentist and commander of the airmen involved, while performing thousands of procedures.  A pilot since the age of 17, Dr. Sayre is now a seasoned aviator with multiple certifications. He helped establish the Cincinnati Warbirds flight team and later joined the elite Lima Lima Flight Team, the world’s first civilian, six-ship, precision aerobatic flight demonstration team.  Dr. Sayre has been a part of numerous civic organizations and made many contributions to the Cincinnati community. But he is perhaps most proud of his family and wishes to acknowledge his wife (Janet), two daughters (Austin & Samantha), and three grandchildren (West, Finn, and Phoebe).


John Steele lived in Rochester, New York until age 16 where he attained the rank of Life Scout.  He moved to Cincinnati with his family just prior to the outbreak of World War II in 1941. Six months after Pearl Harbor, John joined the Navy and became a pilot. His rank was Lieutenant JG. John was a replacement pilot for Aircraft Carrier support in the South Pacific and he flew a TBM Avenger, the largest single engine airplane of the Navy. Replacement pilots follow bombing mission objectives when their comrades do not return.  Over the course of John’s military career, he served on eight different Aircraft Carriers for two years. John Steele flew 46 bombing missions and 84 submarine patrol missions during the War. After the War, John returned to Dartmouth College where he was a member of DKE fraternity and elected to Sphinx Senior Honor Society.  John graduated from Dartmouth College in 1948.
John is Vice Chairman of Hilltop Basic Resources, Inc., a leading regional company headquartered in Cincinnati engaged in the mining of limestone, sand and gravel and a producer of ready mixed concrete.  He has served in various capacities including Chairman and CEO.
John has served as Chairman or President of the following community organizations:  Salvation Army Advisory Board, Cincinnati Art Museum, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum.  In addition he served as a Board member of many other organizations, including the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Edgecliff College, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing.  He was one of three people to receive the 1998 Spirit of Construction Award presented by the construction industry of Greater Cincinnati.   John is a member of the Commonwealth Club of Cincinnati and the Queen City Optimists Club.
Recognized by the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America – 2015.  Inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Business Hall of Fame – 2016.
John was married to Dorothy Conroy and had four children.  After her death, he married Lela Emery.  Now approaching his 93rd birthday, John has had many hobbies including tennis, golf, horseback riding, skiing and sailing.

J.H. “JAY”  MAGEE - World War II

Jay was born on November 11, 1923 in Harrison County, Ky., the youngest of three children born to W.T. and Helen Magee.  At an early age, the family moved to the Oakley neighborhood of Cincinnati, where Jay spent his youth.  Jay graduated from Withrow High School in June of 1941.  Upon graduation , he entered the apprentice training program at the Cincinnati Milling Machine Company, where he was working when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in December of 1941.  Jay enlisted in the Marine Corps the day after the Pearl Harbor attack and left for basic training at Paris Island, S.C. on December 29, 1941.  Following basic training, Jay shipped out to New Zealand  in June of 1942 with the 1st Marine Division as a gunner with a machine gun platoon in Company D attached to Company C of the 1st Marines.  There they prepared for the invasion of Guadalcanal.  Jay participated in action against the Japanese at Tulagi from August 7 to August 9, 1942.  He then participated in the invasion of Guadalcanal on August 10, 1942, spending 5 months first securing and then guarding the airfield on the island.  The Marines on Guadalcanal were relieved by the army in December of 1942 and were sent back to Australia to regroup and prepare for their next mission-the battle of New Britain.   Company C of the 1st Marine Division was front and center in the Battle of New Britain in October of 1943..  Their  target was a critical Japanese base and supply depot located on the North end of the island.  Jay’s Company was assigned to protect the PT boats and tenders, which were located away from the headquarters area.  One of the PT boats was carrying the future President Kennedy.  During the fighting, Jay was called back to Headquarters on the Southern end of the island and a small plane was sent to transport him there with all of his gear.  The plane made a wet landing in the Pacific due to mechanical problems.   Both the pilot and Jay were unhurt, but unfortunately the pilot could not swim.  Jay was able to help the pilot find something floating at the crash site to hold on to and Jay then made a 3 hour swim to the nearest shore to find help. Exhausted from his swim, he found a native who swam out to the pilot with an empty oil drum that he used as a float to pull the pilot to shore.  All of Jay’s gear was lost, but both he and the pilot were safe.  Jay never learned why he was called to headquarters.  Jay next participated in action at Cape Gloucester from December of 1943 to April of 1944.

After boarding a transport ship for the next invasion, Jay was pulled off the transport ship with his gear and shipped stateside for officer candidate school at Colgate University in  New York, where he spent the remainder of the war.  Jay was honorably  discharged  from the Marines on January 12, 1946.  After his discharge, Jay returned to Cincinnati and re-entered the apprentice training program at the Cincinnati Milling Machine Co. , where he had a 30+ year career as a machinist and machining foreman in the Special Machines Department of the “Mill”.  Jay also met his future wife, Edna Sims, in Cincinnati.  Jay and Edna were married in January of 1947 and enjoyed 67 years together, raising 3 sons- Mark (Jodi), Jay (Nadine)  and Scott (Carole) at their home in Mariemont.   Jay has 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, with that number continuing to grow.  Jay was active in the Montgomery Community Baptist Church, singing in the choir for many years.  He was also a member of the Oakley Masonic Temple.  Jay played softball into his mid 60’s and also enjoyed golf and gardening.
Following his retirement , Jay and Edna spent their winters in Naples , Florida, where he enjoyed walking on the beach and fishing in the Gulf.  A favorite time was when his grandchildren would visit. Jay and Edna also enjoyed traveling to many foreign countries with a close group of friends and spending many vacations in Colorado with their friends.   Jay is now enjoying living at the Deupree House in Hyde Park, where his favorite activities are his daily workout and walk and the bi-weekly bingo game.

Bill Fee - Vietnam

Bill Fee spent most his career working here in Cincinnati with the E.W. Scripps Co. for 32 years, retiring in 2010 after having served as Vice President and General Manager of WCPO-TV for twelve years, from 1999 through 2010.   Bill was born and raised in Cincinnati, and graduated from Walnut Hills High School in 1965.  After a year in college, at the age of 19, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967, and volunteered for infantry and service in Vietnam.  He served in combat as a rifleman with the First Infantry Division.  He was wounded in combat in November 1968 by a rocket propelled grenade, and spent ten months in three different Army hospitals, undergoing four operations to repair a badly damaged shoulder. Bill received a medical discharge, with a permanent 40% disability in August 1968, and returned to school, graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a BA and MA in German Literature.  He worked at the University of Cincinnati for five years, and in 1978 joined WCPO-TV.  Bill and his wife, Sally, also a Cincinnati native, have two grown children, and three grandchildren, all of whom live in Cincinnati.  In 1984 Bill and fellow Vietnam veteran Earl Corell co-directed the fundraising, design and dedication of the Greater Cincinnati Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Eden Park.  After more than a year of painstaking fundraising, the Memorial was dedicated in April 1984.  The infantry company in which Bill served continues to stay in touch fifty years after they fought together in Vietnam. Friendships forged in battle have empowered this group of veterans to meet for a 20th and 40th reunion.  Their battalion commander in Vietnam, Richard Cavazos, is now a retired four star general, and “his boys” continue to visit him in San Antonio. In 2016 Bill published his first book – Memoir of Vietnam 1967 – detailing the story about his military service in Vietnam with the First Infantry Division, and the impact the war has had on his life in later years.
Bill has been involved in the Cincinnati community for many years, having served on the boards of the Cincinnati Arts Commission, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Boy Scouts, the Ohio Association of Broadcasters, and he is Past President of the boards of Cincinnati Public Radio (WGUC & WVXU) and the Cincinnati and Ohio Chapters of the March of Dimes.  Bill has served on the steering committee for the Cincinnati USO, and currently serves on the board of trustees of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, and is a volunteer with  Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati and United Way.
Bill is a three time cancer survivor, currently in remission from a battle with pancreatic cancer in 2016.  He credits his wife Sally, his family and friends, and his faith for his recent recovery, and plans on spending many more years in service to his community.


MSG David Brian Smith entered the Army on June 20, 1990.  Upon completing Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, MSG Smith underwent training as a Single Channel Radio Operator at Fort Gordon, Georgia.  Following AIT, MSG Smith attended Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia and was assigned to the 82nd Signal Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division.  During his 8 ½ years in the 82nd Airborne, MSG Smith deployed to Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1991), in addition to numerous training deployments including to the Joint Readiness Training Center, the National Training Center, and the Jungle Operations Training Center.  In August 1999, MSG Smith was assigned to 1st Battalion 10th Special Forces Group (A), in Stuttgart, Germany.  During his assignment to 1/10 SFG (A), MSG Smith conducted numerous training scenarios across Europe, including the former East Germany, Romania, Spain, and Scotland.  Over the course of his assignment, MSG Smith conducted three separate deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Sarajevo Yugoslavia in support of our nation’s interests.  In October 2001, MSG Smith attended Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) at Fort Bragg North Carolina, and was selected for attendance to the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC).  Upon completion of the Qualification Course, MSG Smith was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group, as a Special Forces Communications Sergeant in October 2003.  Over the course of his Special Forces career, MSG Smith conducted 5 combat deployments to Afghanistan and other areas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).  In addition to his combat deployments, MSG Smith has conducted numerous training and advising deployments across Europe, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia.
MSG Smith’s awards include: 2 Meritorious Service Medals, 2 Bronze Star Medals, 2 ARCOM with “V” devices, 2 Purple Hearts, and the Canadian Commander-in-Chief unit citation.

MSG Smith has been injured in combat twice in Afghanistan, in 2006 and again in 2010. In 2010, MSG Smith was severely wounded by an IED while dismounted and spent three and a half years at Walter Reed recovering from his injuries.  In 2011, during MSG’s Smith’s time at Walter Reed, he began attending Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. MSG Smith was inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda in March 2015 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies in 2015.
Currently MSG Smith is attending Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program in the School of Foreign Service and is expected to graduate in December 2017 with a Masters of Arts in Security Studies.
MSG Smith and his wife Meredith have been married for 23 years and have two children.


Stephanie Morris entered the U.S. Army in April 2012 and completed basic training in Fort Jackson, SC in June of 2012. Following basic training completion, Stephanie went on to Advanced Individual Training in Fort Lee, Virginia. In November 2012, SPC Morris deployed with the 32nd Transportation Company to Bagram, Afghanistan.  Seven months into deployment, on June 18, 2013, Stephanie’s unit received indirect fire of two rocket propelled grenades. Three Soldiers from her unit were killed in action and SPC Morris was Case-Vac to Bagram hospital with lower body injuries, and then transported to Landstuhl, Germany.  SPC Morris arrived at Walter Reed Medical Center on June 23, 2013 and since then has undergone over 20 surgeries. It was also here where she found an outlet and a path to normalcy that didn’t seem possible before through her involvement in adaptive sports. SPC Morris began to rekindle her love for volleyball and basketball, learning how to transfer her skills to sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball.  Assigned to the Warrior Transition unit in June 2016, SPC Morris represented the Army at the Department of Defense Warrior Games held at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY. Three days after the conclusion of the games on July 1, she had her left leg amputated and a year later went on to compete in the 2017 DOD Warrior Games representing the U.S. Army for hand cycling, air rifle, seated discus and shotput, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball.
SPC Morris is a recipient of the Afghanistan Campaign MFOAL Army Commendation Medal, Combat Action Badge, NATO Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, and Purple Heart.

USO Tribute Cincinnati 2016 Honorees

Herb Heilbrun – World War II

Herb Heilbrun – World War II
During World War II, Herb Heilbrun was the Airplane Commander of a B-17 Flying Fortress attached to the 15th Air Force, 301st Bomb Group, 32nd Squadron in Foggia, Italy. He flew 35 missions over Europe, logging 262 hours of combat time. A squadron leader, whose decorations include five major Battle Stars, four Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He completed his Air Corps tour of duty as a Test Pilot with the Bomber Branch of The Air Technical Service Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
Herb grew up in the same Cincinnati neighborhood with John Leahr, an African-American, but segregation kept them from knowing each other. In the war, Herb flew a B-17 bomber and John a P-51 fighter, but segregation again kept them apart.
In 1997, Herb attended a Cincinnati reunion of Tuskegee Airmen, who had flown cover for his squadron, finally met John and discovered their common backgrounds. The two became friends, and they spent 15 years presenting talks on the need for diversity.
Herb was awarded the prestigious Harvard Foundation medal in 2003 for his distinguished military service during WWII and his contributions to intercultural relations. In November 2014 he was elected to the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

Henry Armstrong – World War II

Henry Armstrong – World War II
A Kentucky native, Henry Armstrong enlisted in the Army during World War II at the age of 18. He took basic training at Ft. Bragg, NC and then served all through France as part of the 3rd Army. He then went to Germany to fight the battle at the Crossing of the Rhine River and then continued on through the southern part of Germany. In Austria, he was part of the first unit to contact the Russians and they fired the last shot in WWII.
Upon his return to the US, he was discharged from Camp Atterbury in Indiana. He re-enlisted and served another 41 years, retiring in 1984.
Several family members currently serve in the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. He has 6 children, 12 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 1 great great granddaughter.

Tony Murphy – Korean War


Tony Murphy enlisted in the US Army in 1949 and became a Gunnery Sergeant. He served 11 months in the Korean War, beginning in 1950, and fought in the battles at Heartbreak Ridge and Pusan. He was awarded Combat Action Ribbons and two Purple Hearts, among many other awards. Tony is a Westwood resident and a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 3620 in Cheviot.
Photo credit: Community Press

Gary Smith – Vietnam War

Originally from Cleveland, Gary Smith joined the US Navy in 1966 and served 28 months in combat, hostile fire and hazardous duty zones in Vietnam and surrounding areas of operation. He was involved in overt and covert operations on Navy vessels and with land forces as a Special Weapons/Ordinance Officer. He was officially released from active duty in 1970 as Lieutenant JG.
He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a BS in Design and went on to attend Xavier University’s Graduate School of Business. After his military discharge, he worked in the Packaging Advertising Design industry in many capacities from Creative Director to President/CEO and retired in December 2012.

Creighton Wright, MD – Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm


A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Wright graduated from Duke University where he was an Angier B. Duke Scholar and an honor graduate, Alpha Omega Alpha, from Duke University Medical School. He completed his general and cardiovascular-thoracic surgical residencies at the University of Virginia before serving in Vietnam as a member of the Department of Surgery and Vascular Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Colonel Wright then served in the US Army Reserve as commander of the 73rd Combat Support Hospital and then 256th General Hospital USAR. He was Chief of Professional Services for the 803rd Medical Group at King Khalid Military City in Saudi Arabia during The Gulf War. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Kuwait Liberation Medal and the Units under his professional guidance were awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Dr. Wright has previously received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Medal (with bronze star), the Southwest Asia Service Medal with two service stars, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.