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  • Silver Caduceus Conference 2025

    Silver Caduceus Conference 2025

    Save the date! Our 2025 Conference will be held 16 – 18 October at the San Antonio Marriott Airport Hotel location. We will provide more details at a later date to book rooms at our group rate. If you have ideas for a theme, topics to cover, or want to volunteer then we want to hear from you. Additionally, we are looking for people to help coordinate and host AOC specific dinners on the evening of 15 October. Please contact Monica Douglas ( or Stacy Holman ( with your suggestions.

  • SCA Certificate of Appreciation

    SCA Certificate of Appreciation

    LTC(RET) James (Jim) Whitmire was recently recognized by the Silver Caduceus Association (SCA) with the presentation of a certificate of appreciation for his long-standing initiative and outstanding contributions in support of the association. Jim joined the SCA in 2006 and served as its Membership Coordinator from 2009 through 2014. He was a lifetime member and served on numerous reunion committees held in San Antonio and most recently served as the Committee Chairman of the 2023 SCA Reunion.

    Unfortunately, Jim’s award could not be formally presented along with taking a photo because Jim was undergoing chemotherapy for Pancreatic cancer and several attempts to meet had to be cancelled due to Jim’s treatment schedule or health issues. Ultimately, Jim was presented with his certificate while he was hospitalized at Brooke Army Medical Center and stated that he was very appreciative of the honor and the SCA’s recognition of his work. Shortly after that Jim passed away on the 11th of April 2024. He will be missed.

  • Internment of COL (RET) Ted Hussey at Arlington Cemetery on 20 Sept 2023 at 1100 hours

    Internment of COL (RET) Ted Hussey at Arlington Cemetery on 20 Sept 2023 at 1100 hours

    For MSC's in the Washington DC area. There is an interment at Arlington Cemetery on 20 Sept 2023 at 11:00am for Colonel (Retired) Ted Hussey, Medical Service Corps, who died 2 April 2021. His wife LTC (Ret) Nora Hussey along with his son Chris Hussey, his wife and grandson will be attending the ceremony.

  • AHIMA Foundation's 2022 Scholarship Program

    AHIMA Foundation's 2022 Scholarship Program

    The program is designed to provide scholarships for members of the military and uniformed Services. Specifically: spouses of active-duty military and uniformed services, veterans and their spouses, wounded warriors and their spouses and surviving spouses.

    Applications for AHIMA Foundation's 2022 Scholarship Program opened on Friday, June 3rd, 2022. This program is open to AHIMA Student Members enrolled in an associates, bachelors, masters, or doctoral degree program. 2022 applicants can expect new application platform and increased scholarship award amounts. To learn more about eligibility requirements, award amounts, and the application process, visit AHIMA Foundation's Scholarship page. To learn more about AHIMA's Student Membership ($49 annually) visit the AHIMA Membership page.

    Applicaton and Award Dates for 2022

    Online applications opened: Friday, June 3rd, 2022

    Online applications close: Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

    Awards Distributed to Schools: Friday, December 30th, 2022

    About the Online Application

    The online application process will involve answering a number of essay questions, attaching transcripts, requesting recommendations, and verifying enrollment, all of which must be completed within the system by the deadline. Applications are screened for completeness and forwarded to the AHIMA Foundation Scholarship Review Committee for review and ranking. Applications are scored using a point system. The committee rates applications based on the following criteria:

    1. Cumulative Grade Point Average and Enrollment Verification
    2. Commitment to the HIM, HIT or HI Profession
    3. Essay Questions and Academic Success
    4. Quality and Relevance of References
    5. Clarity and Completeness of thought including clear and concise sentences with proper use of grammar.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    1. Applicants must be an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) at the time of the application deadline
    2. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CAHIIM) for Health Information Management, Health Information Technology, and Health Informatics education in the United States. Applicants who are enrolled in programs that are in candidacy for CAHIIM accreditation are not eligible.
    3. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 (out of 4.0) or 4.5 (out of 5.0)
    4. Applicants must have at least 12 credit hours remaining to complete their educational program, after the scholarship award date (after December 31).
    5. Applicants must submit a completed online application with all required elements marked as "Complete" by the deadline.
    6. Applicants must not have already received an AHIMA Foundation Scholarship during the time they are pursuing their current degree. A student may receive only one scholarship per degree.

    Other Links

    1. Scholarship Application Tips
    2. Veteran Scholarship Application (to Apply Now)
    3. Foundation Press Release - AHIMA Foundation Offers $100K in Scholarships
  • November US Army Medical Service Corps South Korea / Pacific Leader Professional Development event November 23 (KST)

    November US Army Medical Service Corps South Korea / Pacific Leader Professional Development event November 23 (KST)

    LTC Marcus D. Perkins

    LTC Marcus D. Perkins was born in DeRidder, Louisiana. In October 1996, he enlisted as an X-ray Technician and commissioned through Officer Candidate School in September 2005 as a Distinguished Military Graduate. For over 23 years, LTC Perkins has served within the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) as a senior noncommissioned officer and as a commissioned officer, in a broad array of command and staff level positions in support of the military health system; various capacities as a planner, medical materiel logistician, and acquisition contracting and program management.

    His assignments include the Single Integrated Medical Logistics Manager for AFRICOM and Chief, Medical Logistics Planner for United States Army Africa; Executive Officer for US Army Health Contracting Activity, Deputy Medical Acquisition Consultant for Contracting, four years in Acquisition and Procurement; Deputy Surgeon, Securities, Operations, Medical Planner, and Group Medical Supply Officer, 1st Special Forces Group; Joint Medical Logistics Officer, Combined Joint Special Operation Task Force – Afghanistan; Medical Planner, Joint Special Operation Task Force – Philippines. In 2013, he was selected to serve as the Senior Medical Operations Officer for the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) where he served two combat tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He serviced as the Brigade Supply Officer (S-4), 32 Medical Brigade; Delta Company Commander, Brooke Army Medical Center; Medical and Mortar Platoon Leader, 2-4 Infantry Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain; Medical Company, Executive Officer, Medical Platoon Leader, and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Executive Officer 94th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain where he served two combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007 to 2009.

    LTC Perkins’ military education includes the Officer Candidate School, AMEDD Officer Basic and Advanced courses, the Medical Logistics Management course, Health Services Plans, Operations, Intelligence, Security and Training, Airborne and Air Assault Schools, Aerial Delivery and Materiel Officer course, NATO Partner Joint Medical Planners course, Junior Officer Week, AMEDD Iron Major Week, the Unit Movement Officer Course, Contract Management Course for Senior Leaders, AMEDD Acquisitions Officer Course for Contracting and Program Management, Intermediate Level Education at The Command and General Staff College and Lean Six Sigma (Green Belt). He graduated magna cum laude from Webster University with a Master’s in Procurement and Acquisition Management and Wayland Baptist University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Technologies.

    His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (seven oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (eleven oak leaf), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (one oak leaf cluster), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award (one oak leaf cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Noncommission Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the ISAF NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Parachute Riggers Badge, the Canadian Army Parachutist Badge, the Australian Army Parachutist Badge, member of the Order of Military Medical Merit, Junior Officer Awardee and Iron Major Awardee.

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  • COL (Ret) Vaughn E. Caudill Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

    COL (Ret) Vaughn E. Caudill Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

    COL Caudill has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of Military, Accounting, Comptroller, and Higher Education

    SAN ANTONIO, TX, August 23, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Vaughn E. Caudill with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, COL Caudill celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

    Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1973, COL Caudill spent 32 years (15 active 17 reserve) in the US Army Medical Department, advancing to colonel in 200 I and serving in Indiana, Alabama, Maryland, Texas, and other locations before concluding his military career in 2005. His civilian career was with the US Air Force Services Agency (15 years) and as Deputy Comptroller 502 CPTS, Joint Base San Antonio (9 years) which is the largest comptroller squadron in the Department of Defense. He also became a respected certified public accountant, garnering a reputation with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington during the early 1980s. He later served as a comptroller with the U.S. Army Biomedical Research and Development Laboratory in Maryland and Chief MEPRS Branch Health Service Command. Furthermore, he enjoyed teaching as an adjunct professor of accounting at Webster University and as an accounting instructor at Vincennes University at Fort Benjamin Harrison and Frederick Community College in Maryland.

    In 1996, COL Caudill authored a correspondence course, titled "Resource Management for the Army Medical Department Officers." It was an interesting and rewarding opportunity. Because of his military career, Mr. Caudill has enjoyed membership with several organizations, including the American Society of Military Comptrollers, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Silver Caduceus Association, Kentucky Colonel, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Military Officers Association of America.

    Mr. Caudill received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration at Morehead State University in 1973 and 1975, respectively. He is a certified public accountant in Texas and Maryland and a Chartered Global Management Accountant through the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He passed all four parts of the CPA exam the first time with an 81 average. He holds several other professional certifications as well, including as a Certified Defense Financial Manager, Certified Data Processor, Certified Systems Professional and holds a commercial pilot's license.

    Professionally, COL Caudill is active as a member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers. The organization honored him several times with a National Distinguished Performance Award for Education, Training and Professional Development, as an Alamo City Chapter Resource Manager of the Year, Outstanding Comptroller/Deputy Comptroller (2003 & 2010) and with a National Leadership Award. Mr. Caudill was National President of the American Institute of Certified Computer Professional.

    Mr. Caudill was named to Men of Achievement and has been listed in several prominent biographical publications for his accomplishments, including the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, 5,000 Personalities of the World, Personalities of America with a total of 17 biographical publications. Additionally, he was named Army Comptroller of the Year in 2004, inducted into the Morehead State University Hall of Fame in 2016, and named Outstanding Certified Public Accountant in Government Lifetime Contribution Award by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 2021. A celebrated Marquis listee, Mr. Caudill has been cited in the 251h edition of Who's Who in Finance and Industry and the second and third editions of Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America.