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Brigadier General (Dr.) Sharon Bannister

Brigadier General James H. Dienst, Director, J7 (Education and Training), Defense Health Agency, Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Virginia

Deputy Assistant Director, Education and Training
Defense Health Agency

Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Sharon Bannister is the Deputy Assistant Director, Education and Training, Defense Health Agency, Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Virginia. She directs the joint development and sustainment of the Department of Defense medical training initiatives and academic policy, leading 509 staff across two regions with an annual operating budget of $61.5 million. She is directly responsible for the three medical institutes that graduate over 28,000 enlisted medical personnel annually, provide combat trauma and joint medical operations training to over 260K DoD personnel, and provide leadership training opportunities for approximately 10,000 current leaders of military healthcare organizations. Additionally, as the Assistant Surgeon General for Dental Services, the general provides policy and operational advice to the Air Force Surgeon General on matters involving the dental practice of 1,000 dentists and 2,500 technicians. 

Prior to this assignment, General Bannister served as the Deputy Program Officer of the Military Health System Program Management Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Virginia. She was charged with leading and coordinating the DoD’s response to all applicable provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 within a joint context to drive unprecedented reform to the $52B Defense Health Program while enhancing the DoD’s medical readiness and medically ready force. 

General Bannister is a graduate of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Case Western Reserve School of Dentistry, Cleveland, Ohio. General Bannister earned her Masters of Science from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. General Bannister is a Fellow at both the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists.

General Bannister’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.

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