Colonel Cheryl Taylor-Whitehead
Colonel Cheryl Taylor-Whitehead has served as the Commander, Weed Army Community Hospital since 31 May 2012. She previously served as Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander for Administration, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, TX.
Colonel Cheryl Taylor-Whitehead was a Distinguished Military Graduate of Dillard University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology along with a Medical Service Corps commission. She earned a Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University in 1988 and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2012.
Colonel Taylor-Whitehead began her active duty career in 1986 as a medical logistician. She was assigned as Chief, Supply and Services, 15th Evacuation Hospital, Fort Belvoir, VA and Fort Polk, LA. In 1988, she served as the Chief, Services Branch later followed by Chief, Logistics Division, Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital, Fort Polk, LA. In 1991, Colonel Taylor-Whitehead was reassigned to the 43rd Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH), Camp Humphreys, Korea. While with the 43rd MASH, she served as the Company Commander, Chief, Supply and Services, Chief, Personnel Division, and Chief, Operations and Training. Upon returning to the continental United States in 1993, COL Taylor-Whitehead joined the team at the U.S. Army Medical Command, Fort Sam Houston, TX, where she served as the Chief, Mobilization and Contingency Planning Branch and Command Logistics Review Team Member.
Changing career paths in 1995, Colonel Taylor-Whitehead was subsequently assigned as Chief, Patient Administration Division, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, Fort Leonard Wood, MO. In 1998, Colonel Taylor-Whitehead went abroad to serve as the Medical Regulating Officer, HHC, 30th Medical Brigade, Heidelberg, Germany for a brief period before moving to the V Corps Surgeons Office as the Patient Administration and Professional Filler Systems Management Officer. While in Germany, she deployed to Kosovo (Camp Bondsteel) to serve as the Chief, Patient Administration and Medical Regulating Officer, Task Force Medical Falcon. Upon redeploying in 2001, Colonel Taylor-Whitehead served as the Chief, Patient Administration Division, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, TX.
In 2003, Colonel Taylor-Whitehead was selected to serve as Deputy Commander for Administration and Troop Commander, Lyster Army Community Hospital, Fort Rucker, AL where she transitioned the inpatient facility to a health clinic. She served a consecutive tour as Deputy Commander for Administration, Weed Army Community Hospital, Fort Irwin, CA. In 2007, Colonel Taylor-Whitehead was selected to serve as the Director, Patient Administration and Integration, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Patient Administration Consultant to the Commanding General, North Atlantic Regional Medical Command, Washington, DC. In July 2009, she assumed command of the Lawrence Joel Army Health Clinic, Fort McPherson, GA and in July 2011 transitioned the treatment facility to closure in keeping with Base Realignment and Closure initiatives.
Among COL Taylor-Whitehead’s awards are the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (9th award), Army Commendation Medal (5th award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd award), Kosovo Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal. She is also a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.