Commander’s Biography

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

Colonel Roman BilynskyColonel Margery Hanfelt hails from the mountain town of Gunnison, Colorado. She obtained a bachelor of science and was awarded the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University. After six years of private practice in rural Wyoming and Nebraska, she was commissioned into the US Army Veterinary Corps. She earned a Master of Science degree in Food Science (microbiology emphasis) from Kansas State University and is board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM). She holds the AOC of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, with a skill identifier of Instructor. Her military education includes the Army Medical Department Officer Courses, military Pre-Command Courses, Command and General Staff College, and she is a 2016 Senior Service College graduate of the United States Army War College earning a Master of Strategic Studies.
Colonel Hanfelt’s past assignments include Deputy Chief, Veterinary Services North, Defense Health Agency, Falls Church, Virginia; Commander, 463rd Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service Support) and Acting Commander, 14th Combat Support Hospital (Rear)(Provisional), Fort Benning, Georgia; Commander, Japan District Veterinary Command and the reflagged 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 OLC), Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1st OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3rd OLC), Air Force Achievement Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal. She has also received the James Lovell award (2011) and the BG Elia Veterinary Excellence Service 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), the Advisory Board of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine (CPCVM), and is a member of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians (NAFV) and the American Association of Food Safety and Public Health Veterinarians (AAFSPHV). She is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and was awarded the AVMA’s annual Meritorious Service Award for 2012 for efforts executed in response to Japan’s historic triple disaster of the M9 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant disaster in 2011. She has co-authored 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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