Commander’s Biography

Colonel Margery Hanfelt,
Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense

Colonel Roman BilynskyColonel Margery Hanfelt received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1987, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 1992, and a Master of Science degree in Food Science from Kansas State University in 2004. After six years of private practice in rural Wyoming and Nebraska, she was commissioned into the US Army Veterinary Corps, following in the service footsteps of her father, a Korean War infantryman, and her brother, a Navy Petty Officer.

Colonel Hanfelt’s military education includes the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Officer Courses, Army battalion and brigade Pre-Command Courses, Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College where she also earned a Master of Strategic Studies. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and holds the Army Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator for Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
Colonel Hanfelt’s previous assignments include Deputy Chief, Veterinary Services North, Defense Health Agency, Falls Church, Virginia; Commander, 463rd Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service Support) and Commander, 14th Combat Support Hospital (Rear)(Provisional), Fort Benning, Georgia; Commander, Japan District Veterinary Command/Public Health Command District-Japan, Camp Zama, Japan; Chief, Food Protection Branch, Department of Veterinary Science, AMEDD Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Deputy Commander, Veterinary Laboratory Europe, Landstuhl, Germany; Officer-In-Charge, 3rd Squad, 106th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service), Yongsan, Korea; and Chief, Hill Air Force Base Veterinary Section, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
Colonel Hanfelt’s military awards and decorations include the Army Superior Unit Award (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Force Achievement Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal. She is also a prior recipient of the James Lovell award and the BG Charles V.L. Elia Veterinary Excellence Medallion, and is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.
Colonel Hanfelt serves on the Examination Board for the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM); the Executive Committee of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF); and the Advisory Board of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine (CPCVM). She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), National Association of Federal Veterinarians (NAFV), and the American Association of Food Safety and Public Health Veterinarians (AAFSPHV).
Colonel Hanfelt was awarded the AVMA’s annual Meritorious Service Award for 2012 and was previously selected for the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Phi Tau Sigma Honor Society for Food Science. She is also a co-author on published papers in Environmental Microbiology, Applied Environmental Microbiology, and the AMEDD Journal.
COL Hanfelt is a proud daughter, sister of seven, aunt of 14, and great-aunt of four.

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