Darlene M. Dodd

Darlene Dodd

Title: Nurse (Retired), Military Officer (Retired)

Location: Phoenix, Oregon, United States

Darlene Dodd, Nurse (Retired), Military Officer (Retired), has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nursing.

Ms. Dodd knew from an early age that she was destined to help others as a nursing professional. This desire in her career has led her down a path of providing these life saving services with the United States Air Force. She joined the Air Force in the late 1950s, becoming a staff nurse at the Randolph Air Force Base before relocating to the Ladd Air Force Base. In 1962, she relocated once again to the Selfridge Air National Guard Base. From 1963 to 1966, she worked as a flight nurse for the 22nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. In the late 1960s, her nursing skills brought her overseas to help the efforts at the Cam Ranh Air Force Base in Vietnam, the Da Nang Air Base in Vietnam and the Yokota Air Base in Japan. Upon returning to the states, she worked as a clinical coordinator in obstetrics-gynecology at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and as a clinical nurse coordinator in obstetrics-gynecology and pediatric services at the Keesler Air Force Base. From 1986 to 2004, she worked with the Bear Creek Corporation.

Ms. Dodd received her training at the Borgess School of Nursing, receiving a diploma in 1957. She became a diplomate of the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College in 1973. In 1987, she earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology and general studies from Southern Oregon University. She also completed postgraduate coursework at the institution. In 1959, she was a Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant with the US Air Force. In 1975, she rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with the service.

Outside of being a dedicated and skillful nurse, she has maintained affiliation with a variety of organizations that have allowed her to develop professionally. These include the DAV, VFW, the American Legion, the Society of Air Force Nurses, the Military Officers Association of America, the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Vietnam War Commemoration, the Air Force Association, Women of the Moose, Psi Chi and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She has been recognized for her work with a 2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and a Decorated Bronze Star.

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