Commander’s Biography

Colonel Bruce A. Schoneboom,
Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense

Colonel  SchoneboomColonel Bruce A. Schoneboom has a diploma in nursing from Saint John’s School of Nursing in Springfield, Missouri (1982). He later received a bachelor of science in nursing (1985) from Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma, and was then commissioned into the US Army. He holds a master of health sciences in anesthesia nursing degree (1991) from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, and a doctor of philosophy in neuroscience (2000) from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. He recently completed (2011) a master’s degree in national security strategy at the National Defense University’s National War College, Washington, DC. Colonel Schoneboom has held many leadership positions throughout his distinguished military career. Highlights from earlier assignments include serving as both an intensive care registered nurse in Landstuhl, Germany, and a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He also deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring
Freedom in 2006, where he served as the Detachment Commander for the  14th Combat Support Hospital located at Forward Operating Base Salerno.

Following teaching appointments at the University of Texas School of Nursing in Houston, Colonel Schoneboom returned to the Uniformed Services University as a faculty member. He held many key positions at USU including acting dean of the School for more than a year, department chair for the Graduate School of Nursing, director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program and GSN senator in the USU Faculty Senate. Colonel Schoneboom was the principal investigator of numerous funded grants and has an established funding and publication record. His research interests include investigating neuro-immune responses of the central nervous system to viral pathogens with known bioterrorist capabilities and the development of new monitoring technologies with operational and garrison applications.

He is recognized for his contributions to science and his exemplary service record. Colonel Schoneboom is the recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. He was awarded the “A” Proficiency Designator, the highest award given in recognition of professional accomplishment within the Army Medical Department. Colonel Schoneboom has been inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit, the National Academy of Practice, and as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. He was recognized at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, receiving the interagency award for leadership in nursing. In 2012, he received the John F. Garde Researcher of the Year award from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation. In 2014 he was the recipient of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Alumni Association’s Graduate School of Medicine Award.

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