Captain Maureen Pennington

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Captain Maureen Pennington: Captain Maureen Pennington
Captain Maureen Pennington, United States Navy nurse Years of active duty: 20 Education: Saint Joseph's College (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) and Old Dominion University (Masters of Nursing Administration) Honors: Among her many honors, she received the Bronze Star for her service in Fallujah, Iraq.

A United States Navy nurse for over 20 years of active duty, Captain Maureen Pennington was the first Nurse Corps officer to command a surgical company in Iraq.

She was awarded the Bronze Star for her service in Fallujah, Iraq, where she managed a string of trauma centers. In 2007, she received the Minerva Award® from the Women's Conference® for service during Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as seven world wide humanitarian medical missions and the Spirit of the Immortal chaplains Award presented to individuals who exemplify the spirit of compassion for others regardless of difference in faith or ethnicity.

Maureen initiated a preventative medical program called Population Health focused on mammography while stationed at the Robert F. Bush Naval Hospital in Twentynine Palms.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1986 from Saint Joseph's College and began active Naval Service as a Nurse at Naval Hospital, Newport, Rhode Island, later that year. Captain Pennington was the charge nurse of Neurosurgery at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA, and during this assignment was deployed for eight months on the USNS Comfort TAH-20 in support of Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield. Developing the skills required for operational medicine and her passion for working within the multinational healthcare system, she spent the next seven years providing healthcare to children in third world countries as a volunteer with Operation Smile.

While assigned in Virginia she completed her Masters of Nursing Administration at Old Dominion University. During Commander Pennington's assignment at Naval Medical Center she volunteered for assignment and deployment to Iraq as Company Commander of Charlie Health Services Company 1st Medical Battalion, 1st MLG(fwd) for seven months.

She is certified by the Certification Board of Perioperative Nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and is a board member of the San Diego Operating Room Nurses Association. She is also the recipient of three Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Medal and various other ribbons and campaign medals. She also achieved designation as a Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer.