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Lt. Col. Sandra M. Escolas earned the 9A Proficiency Designator and the Order of Military Medical Merit.

LTC Sandra M. Escolas earned the 9A Proficiency Designator and the Order of Military Medical Merit. Photo by Steven Galvan

Escolas earns proficiency designator, O2M3

By Steven Galvan, Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
02 FEB 2013

“2012 was a very good year for me,” said LTC Sandra M. Escolas, burn center executive officer and one of the clinical trials in burns and trauma task area managers. Escolas, a research psychologist (71F), was referring to the 9A Proficiency Designator Certificate of Achievement that she was presented by the Army Surgeon General and her membership into the Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3).

The 9A Proficiency Designator recognizes highest level of professional achievement within each of the Corp’s specialties or sub-specialties in the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) by the Surgeon General. Escolas made significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge in psychology through extensive publication and active national professional organization membership.

The O2M3 is a unique, private organization that recognizes excellence and promotes fellowship and esprit de corps among AMEDD personnel. Membership in the Order denotes distinguished service which is recognized by the senior leadership of the AMEDD.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the highest honor Medical Service Corps,” Escolas said.

Escolas entered the Army as a PFC to serve as a signals intelligence analyst (98C). After three years of service she returned to civilian life to start a family and earn a college degree. Ten years later, Escolas received her Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Psychology and joined the Army as a captain for duty as a research psychologist.

“It has taken a lot of work to get here,” she said. “But it’s worth it. I absolutely love my job and these honors validate that I am helping our Soldiers and that my contribution is important. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and the outstanding leaders and soldiers I have been blessed to work with and learn from.”