Former Martin man receives Legion of Merit award

Former Martin man receives Legion of Merit award
Former Martin man receives Legion of Merit award | Col. David L. Maness
Col. David L. Maness, the son of Lonnie and Brooksie Maness of Martin recently retired from the United States Army after 27 years of service. He graduated from Westview High School, attended the University of Tennessee at Martin and graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. Upon graduation, he received the Outstanding Chemistry Major Award. In 1980, he graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, IA. He completed his three-year Family Medicine Residency Program at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center in 1983. Maness graduated from the Family Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship Program, Department of Family Medicine, at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, NC in 1988 and obtained a Master of Strategic Studies degree in 2001 from the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA. Dr. Maness’ held many key academic, staff and leadership positions. His initial assignment after residency was Clinic Director, 45th Field Hospital in Camp Darby, Italy. Upon request of the Program Director, Dr. Maness returned to DDEAMC as a Team Leader and then became the Assistant Residency Director, Program Director/Assistant Chief, and Teaching Chief (Chair) for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, GA. During Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm Dr. Maness served as the Family Medicine Consultant for the Southeastern United States and Medical Director for The ODS/DS Mobilization Process. Next, Dr. Maness was assigned to 7th Medical Command in Heidelberg, Germany. He served as the Ambulatory Patient Care/Family Medicine Consultant and subsequently served as the Deputy Surgeon for the 30th Medical Brigade. In June of 1994, Col. Maness became the Department Chief/Teaching Chief, Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine at Martin Army Community Hospital, Fort Benning, Georgia and then became the Deputy Commander for Clinical Services (Chief of Medical Staff) and Director of Medical Education at the same institution. In 1997, Dr. Maness was selected for promotion to colonel, selection for colonel-level command and was also selected to attend the Army War College in residence. He served as the Commander, 115th Field Hospital at Fort Polk, LA and deployed to Tuzia, Bosnia as the Commander, Task Force Med Eagle on Eagle Base. Maness became the Deputy Commander for Clinical Services/Director of Medical Education at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, GA. Dr. Maness and his family then moved to Fort Bragg, NC where he served as Commander, Womack Army Medical Center- In his last assignment before retirement, Col. Maness served as the Dean, Academy of Health Sciences at the United States Army Medical Department Center and School at Fort Sam Houston, TX. Maness is a graduate of the Army War College, Command and General Staff College, the Army Medical Department Preventive Medicine Course, and the Army Medical Department Officers Basic and Advanced Courses. His military awards include the Legion of Merit with 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with fifth Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with fourth Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2nd award). Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd award), NATO Medal and the Texas Outstanding Service Medal. He is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit. In 200, Maness was selected to be a member of the University of Tennessee at Martin ROTC Hall of Fame. Dr. Maness is a Distinguished Member of the The United States Army Medical Department Regiment. Dr. Maness is board certified by the American Hoard of Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Professional memberships include the American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physician Executives, Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces, and the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians. Maness is married to the former Rose Marie Gattis of South Fulton, Tennessee. They have one teenager at home, James David (J.D.). Dr. Maness accepted a position with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis as the Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine.

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