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Nursing School honors distinguished alumnus (5/21/97)

The Army's top-ranking nurse, Brig. Gen. Bettye Simmons, will be honored May 23 with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, bestowed by the Nursing Alumni Association of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Brig. Gen. Simmons, currently serving as Command Surgeon of Forces Command at Fort McPherson, Ga., outside Atlanta, is a San Antonio native who graduated from Highlands High School in 1967. She received a bachelor's nursing degree from Incarnate Word University in 1971 and completed her master of science in mursing degree at the Health Science Center's School of Nursing in 1975.

She was promoted to brigadier general in a ceremony at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio in January 1996 and was named chief of the Army Nurse Corps a month earlier. At the time, the honoree, who entered active duty in 1971 through the Army Student Nurse Program, was one of only four women generals among 359 in the Army on active duty.

Her awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (with four oak leaf clusters) and the Army Commendation Medal (with two oak leaf clusters).

Contact: Will Sansom (210) 567-2570