Deployed CRNAs

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists is proud to recognize and pay tribute to the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who are stationed around the world and at home, administering safe, quality anesthesia care to the United States' Armed Forces.

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LTC Benjamin Riley, MNA, CRNA

LTC Benjamin Riley, MNA, CRNA
Currently serving: 945th FST, SOTF-Afghanistan
Deployed: October 2018-February 2019
Originally from: Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

LTC Riley is currently serving with:

LTC Scott Gadberry, MS, CRNA
Currently serving: 1872nd Head and Neck Team- Iraq
Deployed: October 2018-February 2019
Originally from: Kansas City, Kans.

MAJ Jeb Kotzian, DNP, CRNA
Currently serving: 945th FST, SOTF-Afghanistan
Deployed: October 2018-February 2019
Originally from: Elk River, Minn.

MAJ Justin Towne, MS, CRNA
Currently serving: 945th FST, SOTF-Afghanistan
Deployed: October 2018-February 2019
Originally from: Onamia, Minn.

LTC Riley:

LTC Benjamin Riley, MNA, CRNA

LT John Echeverria MSN, CRNA

Deployed: 2018

Of Interest: Served with expeditionary medical unit (EMU) Rotation 5 in Iraq, 2018, Navy Reserves. He was born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y., but he currently lives and practices in Fredericksburg, Texas. Nineteen years ago he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was a bandsman (trombone instrumentalist). He is married to his wife, Jordan, coming up on their two-year anniversary (Married in February 2017), and while he was deployed, the Echeverrias celebrated the birth of their first child, Quinn.

LT Echeverria:

LT John Echeverria, MSN, CRNA













Quinn:
Quinn Echeverria, Photo by Chanda's Photography, Boerne, Texas










Photo of Quinn by Chanda's Photography, Boerne, Texas

CRNAs Deployed 2003-2012

The following CRNAs were listed on the AANA website previously.
The AANA and its members are very proud of their service. Where possible, rank and credentials have been updated.

1st Forward Surgical Team and 67th Combat Support Hospital,
U.S. Army, 2004

10th Combat Support Hospital and 28th Combat Support Hospital, 2003

21st Combat Support Hospital, 2003

325th Combat Support Hospital, 2008

CDR Deana Lynne Abernathey, CRNA, USN(ret), 2003

MAJ John Ahle, CRNA, 2004

Captain Michael S. Arnold, MSN, CRNA, USN, 2006

Captain Jaime T. Bagnell-Leonardo, MSN, CRNA, 2003

MAJ Wm. Keith Barnhill, PhD, CRNA, ARNP, DAAPM, 2003

1LT Jacob Bayani, CRNA, 2003

Captain Michelle Beach, MSN, CRNA, 2003

MAJ Robert E. Bland, MSN, CRNA, USAF(ret), 2007

COL Deborah J. Lytal-Britton, MS, CRNA, 2004

MAJ Nelson Burgos-Viera, MSN, CRNA, 2003

Captain Kathleen Cabral, MS, CRNA, 2007

LTC(ret) J. Benjamin Campbell, MSNA, MS, CRNA, 2003

CDR Michael Clark, MS, CRNA, 2003

Captain Joseph Cosentino, Jr., CRNA, USN(ret), 2003

MAJ Jennifer Coyner, PhD, CRNA, AN, 2005

CDR Nancy L. Curll, DNP, MSN, CRNA, NC, USN, 2003

Colonel Edward Cyr, MSN, CRNA, NP, USA(ret), 2007

MAJ Rich Del Sesto, MS, CRNA, APRN, USA, 2007

Captain Ray Devlin, DNP, MSN, CRNA, 2007

MAJ John Dulaveris, CRNA, AN, 2005

MAJ Steven P. Eby, CRNA, 2004

LTC Thomas J. Evans, DNP, MS, CRNA, USAF(ret), 2007

LTC Thomas G. Fevurly, DNP, MSN, CRNA, CCRN, USAF, 2004

CDR James W. Flood, MA, CRNA, NC, USN(ret), 2005

LTC Jack Freeman, CRNA, 2008

MAJ Jose Garcia-Sanchez, BSN, CRNA, 2003

LTC John Gasko, DNP, CRNA, 2008

1LT Charles F. Graci, MSN, CRNA, 2004

Captain Michael Greco, DNP, PhD, CRNA, CRN, 2004

Colonel Stephen A. Greene, CRNA, 2003-2004

LTC Shawna M. Greiner, PhD, MSN, CRNA, CDE, USAF, 2007

Captain Mark Grieves, DNAP, MSNA, CRNA, 2005

Captain Jill Guttman, MSN, CRNA, retired, 2006

MAJ(ret) Edward G. Gyukeri, Jr., MS, CRNA, AAS, NP, APRN, 2003, 2007

MAJ Walter B. "Brad" Harman Jr., CRNA, USA(ret), 2003

MAJ Katherine A. Heath, MSNA, CRNA, 2003

1LT Dale Heron, MSN, CRNA, 2003

Captain Jerry R. Hill, CRNA, 2004

MAJ Gerard T. Hogan, Jr., DNSc, MSN, CRNA, ARNP, 2003

Captain Lisa J. Hogan, DNP, PhD, MSNA, CRNA, 2003

Captain Aaron F. Holloway, MSN, CRNA, 2004

Captain Dennis Horn, CRNA, CPT, AN, 2003

MAJ Bill Howie, DNP, MSNA, CRNA, CCRN, 2005

Captain Rich Jacobsen, MSN, CRNA, 2007

Captain Jeff Joyce, CRNA, APRN, 2003

Captain James Kelley, MSN, CRNA, 2004

CDR Pamela Ellen Kilmartin, MSNA, CRNA, USN, 2004

MAJ John W. Kirkwood, MSN, CRNA, USA(ret), 2003

LTC Paul Kowalczyk, DNAP, MS, CRNA, CCRN, USAF, 2003

Captain David J. Kolodji, MSN, CRNA, 2003

1LT Shane Kotula, CRNA, 2004

MAJ David T. Kwiatkowski, MSN, CRNA, 2004

MAJ Linda S. Lentz, CRNA, 2003

CDR Karin E. Lundgren, MSN, CRNA, NC, USN, 2004

MAJ Terrence M. Mark, Jr., DNAP, MSN, CRNA, CCRN, CEN, 2009

Captain Carolyn McLaughlin, MSNA, CRNA, 2008

MAJ Steven R. McColley, DSc, CRNA, APRN, RRT, 2003

LCDR David B. McMindes, MS, CRNA, USN(ret), 2004

LTC Laurie J. McMullan, MSN, CRNA, APRN, USAF(ret), 2004

MAJ Doug C. McOuat, MSNA, CRNA, APNP, 2003, 2005

Captain Ramon Medina, CRNA, APRN, 2008

1LT Alison Melle, MAE, CRNA, 2008

Captain Zenon "Sonny" Mercado III, MSN, CRNA, 2003

LT Richard W. Merryman, MS, CRNA, APRN, 2003

MAJ Roger Meyers, 2004

MAJ Mary E. Miller-Mazza, MSN, CRNA, APRN, 2003

MAJ Anne Mitzak, CRNA, AN, ANP, 2005

MAJ Mike Mulhearn, MSN, MS, CRNA, NP, AS, USAF(ret), 2005

Captain Steven Mund, DNP, MS, CRNA, FACHE, 2004

Navy Reserve Fleet Hospital, Great Lakes, 2007

CDR Larry Owens, MSN, CRNA, APRN, NC, USN(ret), 2007

MAJ Christopher P. Parisi, MS, CRNA, 2004

Captain Scott Pearson, MSN, CRNA, CCRN, 2008

COL Dalene Perdue, MSN, CRNA, FNP, USAF(ret), 2003

COL Susan M. Perry, PhD, CRNA, ARNP, FAAN, USAF(ret), 2003

Captain Nancy Quinlan, CRNA, 2003

Captain Valerie Wynn Redmon, MNA, CRNA, APRN, AN, 2003

LTC Mark L. Richardson, MSNA, MSN, CRNA, USAF(ret), 2003

MAJ Paul B. Robertson, BS, CRNA, AAS, 2003

MAJ Hector Santiago, MSN, CRNA, 2008

1LT John A. Sarette, MSN, CRNA, 2004

MAJ JoAnn Scholl, CRNA, APRN, 2004

Captain Janet Shepherd, MSN, CRNA, 2003

MAJ Lorraine Slomovic, MS, CRNA, 2003

Captain Rob Smith, MSN, CRNA, 2003

Captain Henry A. Spradlin, MSN, CRNA, 2004

LTC(ret) Sue Springer, MSN, CRNA, ARNP, 2003, 2004

Captain Jim Spires, BSN, CRNA, 2007

Captain Charles G. Sweigert, MS, CRNA, 2004

Task Force 399, Combat Support Hospital, 2007

Captain Kenneth J. Thompson, CRNA, 2004

Captain Brian Trappe Gegel, DNAP, MSN, CRNA, 2003

MAJ Jason Trudell, MSN, MHA, CRNA, FACHE, 2012

MAJ Randee Turner, CRNA, 2008

Captain Jennifer A. Vest, CRNA, APRN, 2003

LTC(ret) Don Walter, MS, CRNA, 2003

LTC Donna E. Ward, MSN, CRNA, 2003

Captain Christopher S. Watters, MS, CRNA, 2003

LTC Kevin M. Whelan, MSN, CRNA, APRN, NNP, 2003

LTC John A. Whitfield, CRNA, 2005

Captain Christine D. Yanish, MSNA, CRNA, APRN, 2005

Captain(ret) Jason M. Zueck, MSN, CRNA, CS, 2003

1LT Brandon S. Zagst, CRNA, 2005

#MilitaryMonday is an AANA salute to military CRNAs and SRNAs. These profiles were originally shared on AANA's Facebook page, and for the purpose of sharing them via the website, they are featured below as well.

If you are a CRNA or SRNA who has served in the military and would like to be featured on the AANA Facebook page and in our Military Monday section, please contact Zach Timm

Debra Diaz, DNP, CRNA, APRN, CDR USN, (Ret.)

Posted November 18, 2019

#MilitaryMonday: We’re proud to feature Debra Diaz, DNP, CRNA, APRN, USN, CDR(ret.). CDR Diaz began her active duty Navy career as an Ensign in 1992 when she was accepted in the Duty Under Instruction, Full Time Out of Service Training Program as an SRNA. After becoming a CRNA in 1994, she was assigned as a staff CRNA at Naval Hospital Jacksonville (Fla.). She provided anesthesia support as the sole anesthesia provider for CV-67, USS Kennedy.

She spent 1997-1998 on Camp Lester, Okinawa, Japan, supporting CV-62, USS Independence and CV-63, USS Kitty Hawk. In December 1998 she was released from active duty and entered the Individual Ready Reserve until January 2004, when she affiliated with the Selected Reserves with Operational Health Support Unit Jacksonville, DET D in Miami. She served as specialty leader for CRNAs, Selected Reserves. In September 2007, CDR Diaz was mobilized to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with Navy Expeditionary Medicine Unit 2008 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, until August 2009.

CDR Diaz has received several awards, including the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Army Commendation Medal. In her civilian career, CDR Diaz recently retired as a staff CRNA in the third largest hospital in the country, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. She serves on the AANA Board of Directors as Director, Region 7.

Thank you for your service!

Military Monday: Debra Diaz, DNP, CRNA, APRN, USN, CDR(ret.)

CDR Diaz in the OR (left) and in uniform (right)

Ben Campbell, MSNA, MS, CRNA, LTC(ret)

Posted July 29, 2019

#MilitaryMonday: This week, we are proud to feature Ben Campbell, MSNA, MS, CRNA, LTC(ret), at left, below, who was deployed with forward surgical teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was stationed at Europe's largest military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.

Read more about LTC Campbell's previous deployments.

Thank you for your service to our country, Lt. Col. Campbell!

Ben Campbell, MSNA, MS, CRNA, LTC(ret)

Laura Wiggins, DNP, CRNA, Lt Col, USAF(ret)

Posted August 19, 2019

#MilitaryMonday: This week, we are proud to feature Lt. Col. Laura Wiggins, DNP, CRNA, USAF(ret.), Military Healthcare Simulation Educator at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. Lt. Col. Wiggins retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2018 after 25 years of service. She spent 14 years active duty as a CRNA and critical care nurse. The remaining time was in USAF Reserves at 445th at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio on a critical care air transport team (CCATT) and 911th in Pittsburgh as chief nurse executive of the Aeromedical Staging Squadron.

She also deployed as a CRNA in 2006-2007 to Kyrgyzstan/Afghanistan and then as part of a CCATT in 2017 to Al Udeid in Qatar.

She is currently a CRNA at UPMC and BPW Medical Associates in Pittsburgh.

Thank you for your service to our country, Lt. Col. Wiggins!

Lt Col Laura Wiggins, DNP, CRNA, USAF(ret)

Steven J. Mund, DNP, CRNA, FACHE, CENP

Posted August 26, 2019

#MilitaryMonday: This week, we are proud to feature Steven J. Mund, DNP, CRNA, FACHE, CENP. Dr. Mund joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1996 as a 2LT (second lieutenant) and was assigned to the 114th Combat Support Hospital. After graduating from anesthesia school in 1998, he was promoted to 1LT (first lieutenant) and continued with this unit until 2002, going to the 945th Forward Surgical Team (FST) and being promoted to captain.

His unit was deployed in 2003 to Iraq, where they were assigned to the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment and opened the base in Al Asad. In 2004, he was sent as a replacement CRNA for the 629th FST serving as the sole anesthesia provider for the unit at Forward Operating Base Warhorse near Baqubah, Iraq.

Following his time in Iraq, in 2005 he was assigned to the U.S. Army Community Hospital at West Point. He then deployed to Afghanistan in 2007. He served as a CRNA on an FST near Tarin Kowt, where he was the sole anesthesia provider on the team. His team supported the 3rd Group of Special Forces serving in that area, and provided humanitarian aid to the locals, as well as cared for injured military members.

In 2008, he was promoted to Major.

From May to August 2009, he was at West Point, serving as a staff CRNA as one of their personnel was deployed down range.

Dr. Mund was honorably discharged from the Army in March 2014 after nearly 18 years of service. He has received numerous citations and awards, including the Army Commendation Medal (five times) and the Army Achievement Medal (two times). Thank you for your service to our country!

Steven J. Mund, DNP, CRNA, FACHE, CENP

Adria Laird, MSN, CRNA, APRN

Posted on September 9, 2019

For this week's #MilitaryMonday, we're featuring a CRNA who is caring for military members through the VA. Adria Laird, MSN, CRNA, APRN, started her journey at the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (VAHCS) in Shreveport, La., as a Veterans Affairs Learning Opportunity Residency (VALOR) student during her summer break from nursing school in 1999. After graduating from Grambling State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in nursing, she began her career as a registered nurse at the VAHCS.

After working nearly two years as an RN on a medical-surgical floor and a year and a half in MICU at the Shreveport VAHCS, she began anesthesia school at the Minneapolis VA School of Anesthesia and received her master's degree in nurse anesthesia through the University of Minnesota. Adria has been with VAHCS for 20 years and continues to be passionate and committed in caring for our nation’s veterans. Thank you, Adria!

Adria Laird, MSN, CRNA, APRN

Donnell Carter, MBA, MSN, CRNA, APRN

Posted September 16, 2019

#MilitaryMonday: This week, we’re proud to feature Donnell Carter, MBA, MSN, CRNA, APRN. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduating high school and spent four and a half years in the Navy before earning an honorable discharge and starting college.

During his Naval career, he was a Hospital Corpsman and earned the rank of petty officer. His first duty station was Naval Hospital Pensacola in Pensacola, Fla., where he maintained the health and physical readiness of sailors, pilots, and their families. After Pensacola, he served the 2nd Marine Air Wing at Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, N.C. He went on to serve in Operation Desert Storm with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C.

The military led him to become a nurse anesthetist, and it also gave him a global perspective and a love of travel. During his military career, he was fortunate to travel to Spain, France, Greece, Italy, and Israel, while performing joint training drills with NATO forces in the Mediterranean Sea.

Thank you for your service to our country, Donnell!

Donnell Carter, MBA, MSN, CRNA, APRN