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COL Margaret Berryman
Corps Branch Proponent Office
CAPT Robert Hawkins
Director Nurse Corps
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COL Margaret S. Berryman was born in Poland and immigrated to the United States of America in 1988. While in high school, she enlisted in the US Army National Guard and completed her Combat Medic (91B) training in the summer of 1998. She was awarded an ROTC Scholarship and attended Marion Military Institute, where she earned her Associate’s Degree and was commissioned as a 2LT in the Army National Guard. She went on to attend New York University and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree and was commissioned into the Army Nurse Corps. COL Berryman holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Hawaii, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. She is board certified as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist.
COL Berryman has served in hospital-based, joint, and operational assignments. Her military assignments include Clinical Staff Nurse on an Orthopedic Ward, Clinical Nurse Officer in Charge (CNOIC) of the Pre-Admission Unit, and Company Commander, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. from 2004-2008; Brigade Nurse, 4/25th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), Anchorage, AK, and deployed to Afghanistan (FOB Sharana) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, from 2008-2011; Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Telemetry and Medical-Surgical Wards, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI, from 2013-2014; Deputy Chief of Clinical Operations for the Office of the Command Surgeon, US Pacific Command (PACOM), Camp Smith, HI, from 2014-2015; Chief Nurse, Department of Primary Care at Martin Army Community Hospital, Fort Moore, GA, where she deployed to Puerto Rico in support of the Hurricane medical relief effort, from 2015-2018; Executive Officer, Office of the Commandant, at the Medical Center of Excellence, JBSA, TX, from 2018-2020; and Commander, McDonald Army Health Center, Fort Eustis, VA, from 2021-2023.
COL Berryman’s military education includes USAWC Fellowship with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Intermediate-Level Education, Interagency Institute for Federal Health Leaders Course, MHS Capstone Course, AMEDD Pre-Command Course, Officer Basic Course, Captain Career Course, Entry Level Executive Nurse Course, Iron Major Course, Basic Healthcare Administrator Course, Practice Manager Course, Asia Pacific Regional Strategies for Health and Security Course, and the USU Medical Executive Skills Course.
Her military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (four Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal. She holds the Parachute Badge, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and Armed Forces Service Medal. COL Berryman is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3).
COL Berryman is blessed to have two amazing children, Euan (age 12) and Eula (age 11). Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and enjoying the outdoors.
Captain Robert J. Hawkins is a native of Liverpool, New York. He enlisted in the Navy in 1983 and completed the Nuclear Power Training Program before serving on two submarines – the USS Sunfish (SSN 649) and the USS Henry L. Stimson (SSBN 655G). He earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina and was commissioned as an Ensign in 1993. In 1995, he completed an MBA from Webster University; he later obtained a Master of Science from Georgetown University in 2000 and a Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies at the Navy War College in 2016. He completed a Doctor of Nursing Practice at the College of Nursing at Rush University and a PhD from the Rush University Graduate College in 2007 and 2012, respectively. Hawkins completed a Graduate Certificate in Global Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Public Health Practice in May 2019.
Operationally, Hawkins served wartime deployments as a nurse anesthetist as part of Fleet Surgical Team Eight onboard the USS Wasp (LHD-1), the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), and the USS Bataan (LHD-5).
Hawkins assumed the role as the 27th Director of the Navy Nurse Corps on May 14,2023. He was Director of the Commander’s Action Group (CAG) at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery from 2021-2022. He was Commander of the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) from 2019-2021 and the Deputy Commander of NMCPHC from 2017-2019. From 2015 to 2017, Hawkins was the Associate Director of Surgical Services at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.
Hawkins is an experienced instructor holding education leadership positions as a clinical instructor, clinical site director, deputy program director, and chair and program director. He served as the Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program in the Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University from 2010 to 2014.
Hawkins wears the enlisted submarine warfare device and is surface warfare medical department officer qualified. His personal military awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (five awards) and the Navy Good Conduct Medal (two awards).
Hawkins is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
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