CAMP ZAMA, Japan – A U.S. Army nurse practitioner here became part of a prestigious military medical organization on Dec. 14.
Lt. Col. Dolores ‘Dolly’ Toney, deputy commander for nursing at U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Japan, was inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit, known as O2M3.
The O2M3 is a private organization founded in 1982 by the commanding general of what was then the U.S. Army Health Services Command.
O2M3 recognizes excellence and promotes fellowship and esprit de corps among Army Medical Department personnel. Membership in the order denotes distinguished service, recognized by the senior leadership of the AMEDD.
Toney was presented with a formal medallion indicating her membership in O2M3 in a ceremony at Camp Zama. Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle, Army surgeon general and commanding general of U.S. Army Medical Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. Diamond Hough, MEDCOM’s senior enlisted advisor, congratulated Toney on her achievement via video, as they were unable to attend in person.
Those officers and NCOs inducted into O2M3 are generally considered to be in the top 10 percent of their corps and field.
The awardee must be nominated for membership by an existing member. Awardees should have presented a level of service and contribution commensurate to a senior level officer, normally lieutenant colonel or above, or senior NCO, generally master sergeant or above.