By Capt. Eren McBride, Tripler Army Medical Center Public AffairsMay 1, 2013
HONOLULU -- Thirteen members of the Pacific Regional Medical Command ohana were inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit at the annual Patriots Ball, April 27, here.
The Order of Military Medical Merit, or O2M3, is a unique, private organization that recognizes excellence and promotes fellowship and esprit de corps among Army medical personnel.
Joining the esteemed ranks of O2M3 in front of family, coworkers, and fellow Soldiers, were Lt. Col. Tim Bergeron; Navy Capt. Andrew Findley; Lt. Col. Stanley Garcia; Lt. Col. Gus Gogue; 1st Sgt. Willie Hairston, III; Brenda Horner; Lt. Col. John McMurray; Lt. Col. John Miller; Maj. Scott Mras; Master Sgt. Jess Walsh; Sgt. Maj. Darryl Warren; Lt. Col. Christopher Wodarz; and Col. Alex Zotomayor.
"I am honored to have received the Order of Military Medical Merit," said Col. Alex Zotomayer, chief, Department of Logistics, Tripler Army Medical Center. "The organization recognizes excellence throughout the Army Medical Department, with membership limited to a select few. As such, I am humbled to be included among its ranks. I will continue to uphold those high standards of excellence as I move forward in my military career."
Since April 1982, O2M3 has granted membership to 10,263 Army Medical Department personnel. Membership in the Order denotes distinguished service, which is recognized by Army Medicine's senior leadership.
While membership is typically granted to U.S. Army personnel, there are a few exceptions for service members from other branches or countries who have made a sustained contribution to the betterment of Army Medicine.
Navy Capt. Andrew Findley, deputy commander of clinical services, PRMC and TAMC, is the fourth DCCS in Tripler's history to receive the honor. Tripler's DCCS is traditionally held by a Navy captain.
"Becoming a member of O2M3 is one of the highlights of my military career," Findley said. "I have been fortunate to have worked with many outstanding people, past and present, and any success I've had is directly attributable to those people.
"My selection for O2M3 is more a recognition of them than it is of anything I might have done," Findley continued.
Any member of O2M3 in good standing may nominate other worthy individuals for membership.
"I was honored to receive the award and I look forward to nominating other deserving individuals in order to recognize their hard work and dedication to military medicine," said Maj. Scott Mras, deputy chief financial officer, Resource Management Division, TAMC.