Colonel Kathy Spangler
Colonel Kathy Spangler was born into an Air Force Family. In 1996, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bellarmine College in Louisville, Ky., receiving her ROTC commission in the Army Nurse Corps.
Colonel Spangler currently serves as the Director of Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. Belvoir Hospital is a 120-bed, 1.3 million-square-foot military community hospital that serves a regional population of 250,000 personnel with over 100,000 enrollees receiving inpatient and specialty care services supported by 55 specialty clinics, a Warrior Pavilion (for combat injured/wounded/ill), Inpatient Addictions Program, DiLorenzo Pentagon Health Clinic, and two satellite family health centers at Dumfries and Fairfax, Va.
She most recently served as the Commander of SHAPE and Brussels Healthcare Facilities from June 2019-June 2021. Previous assignments were Director for Patient Care Integration, G-3/5/7, Office of the Surgeon General from July 2018-June 2019, Commander of Andrew Rader Army Health Clinic, Fort Myer, Va. from July 2016-July 2018 and the Director for Nursing of the DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. from August 2014-June 2016. Her other military assignments include: Chief, Inpatient Nursing Services and Clinical Nurse Officer in Charge of the Family Care Ward at Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, Colo.; Clinical Nurse Officer in Charge of the ICU, 10th Combat Support Hospital, Camp Bastion, Afghanistan; Chief, Nursing Performance Improvement, Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, N.C.; Head Nurse for a Multi-Specialty Inpatient Unit (Ward 65), Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; transitioned between Company Command, Chief, Community Health Nursing, and Nurse Educator at the Wellness Center, U.S. Army MEDDAC, Heidelberg, GE; Chief, Community Health Nursing at Bayne Jones Army Community Hospital and FORSCOM Clinical Staff Nurse with the 115th Field Hospital, Fort Polk, La.; Staff Community Health Nurse, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; Staff Nurse, Medical Surgical Unit, Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, Colo.
Colonel Spangler earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Bellarmine University with an emphasis in Executive Leadership, a Master of Science from University of Maryland with an emphasis in Health Services Leadership/Management and Nursing Education, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Her military education includes the AMEDD Basic and Advanced Courses, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College-Intermediate Level Education and the U.S. Army War College.
Her awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and NATO Medal. She also earned the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Silver), a proud member of the Official Order of Military Medical Merit and the recipient of the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe Recognition Award.