Lieutenant Colonel Yolonda R. Summons
Yolonda Summons hails from Little Rock, Arkansas. Graduating from Little Rock McClellan High School she earned a full basketball scholarship to Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and being commissioned as a US Army Officer in May of 1992, Yolonda entered active duty in the US Army in October of 1993. In September of 2012 she will mark nineteen years of honorable service after attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Lieutenant Colonel Summons currently works as the Army Medical Department Deputy Chief of Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. She is also currently attending the Howard University School of Divinity in pursuit of her Doctorate of Ministry after receiving a Masters of Art Degree from Chapman University in Organizational Leadership.
Lieutenant Colonel Summons’ next assignment with the US Army (summer 2013) will be as the Troop Commander (Director of Hospital Operational Training and Development) for the US Army Element, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. In her extensive career with the US Army Yolonda has served in many capacities including multiple deployments to Iraqi and Kuwait; Brigade S1 (Director, Human Resources); Resident at the Command and General Staff College; Brigade G3 Air (Director, Aviation Operations); Battalion S1 (Director, Human Resources); Commander for a Headquarters and Headquarters’ Company for a Medical Brigade; Executive and Flight Operations Officer for a Medical Air Ambulance Company; Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commanding General at the US Army Medical Department Center and School; Executive Officer for a Medical Veterinary Detachment; and a Platoon Leader for a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.
Her military education includes attendance at the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Aeromedical Evacuation Officer Course, the UH-60 (Blackhawk) Aviator Qualification Course, Initial Entry Rotary Wing (Helicopter) Course, the Army Medical Department Officer Advance Course, the Combat Casualty Course, the US Airlift Planners Course, and the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course.
Yolonda has received numerous military awards and decorations including the Bronze Star Medal for her combat service, five Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals; four Army Achievement Medals; two National Defense Service Ribbons, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War of Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon. She proudly wears the Aviator Badge, the Expert Field Medical Badge and the Order of Military Medical Merit and Order of Saint Michael’s Medallions.