Deputy Chief of Staff for Support, G-1/4/6, U.S. Army Medical Command
BG Ron Stephens began his service as a high school senior with the Georgia Army National Guard as a Private in the infantry. While in the Guard, he attended North Georgia College on the Georgia Military Scholarship. Upon earning a Bachelor’s Degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Chemistry, as a Distinguished Military Graduate, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve and attended the Medical College of Georgia, earning his Doctor of Medicine degree under the Health Professions Scholarship Program.
After completing a Transitional Internship at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, he served as a General Medical Officer at Ft McClellan, AL. Subsequently, he completed a three-year residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. BG Stephens has served as the Chief of a PM&R Service and the Chief of a Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation (Womack Army Medical Center). He has also been a Squadron Surgeon (1/167 Cavalry), Brigade Surgeon (18th Field Artillery-Airborne), Division Surgeon (25th Infantry), Corps Surgeon (XVIII Airborne), Command Surgeon for the National Defense University, and Command Surgeon for US Forces-Iraq. He has served as the Deputy Commander for Clinical Services of a fixed hospital (Ireland Army Community Hospital) and a deployed Combat Support Hospital (86th). He has deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and twice to Iraq. BG Stephens commanded the BG Crawford F. Sams U.S. Army Health Clinic, Camp Zama, Japan, the Bassett Army Community Hospital, Fort Wainwright, AK, and Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC. He also served in the Pentagon as the Assistant Deputy for Medical Affairs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Prior to assuming his current position as the MEDCOM Deputy Chief of Staff for Support (G-1/4/6), BG Stephens was the Deputy Commanding General for Regional Health Command-Pacific and Market Manager for the Puget Sound Military Health System.
BG Stephens is board certified in PM&R and is a licensed acupuncturist. He has made numerous presentations at the local, national, and international levels. His military schooling includes the AMEDD Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff Officer’s Course, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the AMEDD Executive Skills Course, the Interagency Institute for Healthcare Executives, and the Capstone Course for Military Health System Leaders. BG Stephens is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit, the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, a Kentucky Colonel, and served as the Consultant to The Surgeon General for PM&R.
BG Stephens’ awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, and others. He has earned the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Airborne wings of the French and German Armies.