COLONEL NANCY A. DEZELL
Chief of Staff and Director, Program Integration
Force Health Protection and Readiness
Colonel Nancy A. Dezell is Chief of Staff and Director of Program Integration for the Office of Force Health Protection and Readiness (FHP&R), which oversees Department-wide efforts to develop and implement policies and programs related to DoD deployment medicine, force health protection, national disaster support, and medical readiness for 2.3 million Service members and DoD beneficiaries.
Prior to joining FHP&R, Col Dezell served as Chief of Medical Force Development and Formal Training Division, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. There she executed a training budget of $10.2 million and guided more than 190 formal training programs for 40,000 medical personnel at 22 locations around the globe. As a senior member of the Air Force Nurse Corps Board of Directors and Force Development Team, Col Dezell directed the force development of more than 1,200 nurses, led the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) Academic Integrated Process Team, and was a key leader in designing the $985 million METC at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
During her Air Force career, Col Dezell served as a nurse manager, health care integrator, Chief Nurse, Wing Inspector General, squadron commander, Associate Director for Air Force Nursing Services, Associate Director for Medical Manpower and Organization, and Commander of the 882nd Training Group at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.
Col Dezell holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing form Mercy College, Detroit; a Master of Science in Nursing, Maternal-Child Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, AFIT, from the University of Cincinnati; and a Master of Military Operational Art and Science from the Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
Col Dezell attended the Interagency Federal Healthcare Institute in Washington, D.C.; the Enterprise Leadership Program at Darden Business College, University of Virginia; the DoD Medical Health Service CAPSTONE, Joint Medical Executive Skills Institute; the Air Command and Staff College in residence, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama; and Air War College via correspondence.
Col Dezell is the recipient of the Legion of Merit medal, the Meritorious Service medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the AF Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with bronze star device, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Col Dezell is married to Lt Col (USAF-Ret.) Craig Dezell.