Brig. Gen. Scott Dingle, Army Medicine's newest general officer, is Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (G-3/5/7) for the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Army Medical Command.
Dingle was promoted on 3 September 2015. This is his fourth assignment at the Office of the Surgeon General; his previous duty station was as commander of the 30th Medical Brigade, Sembach, Germany.
His job is to synchronize operations across the entire Army Medical Command and the Office of the Surgeon General. His responsibilities cover all aspects of healthcare delivery as well as healthcare management for the MEDCOM, including modernization, training, security, and intelligence. Dingle's role as DCS for Ops (G-3/5/7) touches almost every part of the MEDCOM and Army Medicine.
His team also plays a large role in helping to shape the MEDCOM of the future--and medical readiness is at the core of that future. Dingle said, "Medical readiness will be the catalyst for the Chief's [the Chief of Staff for the Army] overall readiness intent".
Although the Army has been downsizing to 450,000 active duty personnel, Army Medicine has to remain ready and relevant to the needs of the entire Army. Regardless of the final personnel strength, Army Medicine has to ensure that the Army is medically ready.
"Army Medicine has to be current with the pace of change," said Dingle. At one point Army Medicine was aligned with TRICARE regions, he said. Now we have realigned to Regional Health Commands to ensure that we are ready, reliable, and relevant for the future. This will allow the full spectrum of medical capabilities to be at the tip of the sword in support of the Soldier.
"We need our Soldiers to know we are delivering the quality of care and meeting the requirement to support the Force, whether in peacetime or in combat," Dingle said. "They can count on Army Medicine without any shadow of a doubt."
Dingle has deployed twice. In December 2002, he deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom as the Ground Combat Planner for Combined Joint Task Force-180. In December 2004, he supported Operation Iraqi Freedom, as Chief of Medical Plans and Operations Multinational Corps in the Iraq Surgeon's Office.
Dingle's military occupational specialty is 70H--Medical Operations Officer. He noted with honor and pride some of his firsts. He was the first active duty 70H to be selected for general officer and the first medical service corps officer to attend SAMS--the School of Advanced Military Studies--a school for planners and operations officers that follows general staff college. In addition, he is the 16th general officer to graduate from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dingle is a graduate of the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and the National War College. He commissioned as a Medical Service Corps Officer through the ROTC Program at Morgan State University.
His degrees include a Master of Science in Administration Degree from Central Michigan University, a Master of Military Arts and Science Degree from School of Advanced Military Studies, and a Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
He has numerous awards and medals including the Legion of Merit (two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Bronze Star Medal, and the Army Surgeon General's prestigious 9A Proficiency Designator.
"We [Army Medicine] are great at what we do. We have always provided world-class health care. We have to be part of an Army that is ready to fight and win wars by providing combat casualty care in support of any contingency anywhere in the world-at a moment's notice," Dingle added.
"It's an exciting time to be in the Army Medical Department," Dingle said. "It's a time of change, it's a time of great progress, and it's a time of unprecedented success."