2017 Tillman Scholar
Anthony joined the service after September 11th and went on to complete the Special Forces Qualification Course training as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant. In his 12 years of service and over the course of multiple combat deployments with 10th Special Forces Group, Anthony realized he wanted to be more than a medic and decided to pursue medical school to become a physician. Driven by this goal, he earned his undergraduate degree and started medical school at Texas A&M, all while serving on active duty in difficult and demanding leadership positions.
During his service, he took charge of the Special Operations Combat Medical Skills Sustainment Course that was responsible for training over 1000 medics a year from all branches of the military. In this position, he planned and implemented the restructuring of the course curriculum to better meet the needs of medics on the battlefield, including dedicating more time to hands on casualty scenarios and emphasizing realistic practice of medical skills.
After medical school, Anthony intends to continue serving with the National Guard as a military physician. He wants to continue to improve survival of casualties through superior medical training. He also hopes to continue his service as a physician in the VA Medical System, where he believes he can deploy his experience as a medic, instructor and leader.