Today's Army Nurse Corps is the product of the wisdom, foresight, and strength of its past leaders. From its founding in 1901, it greatly benefited from a series of remarkable leaders who led it through peace and war, laying a sound foundation for the great organization it is today. The Corps has also been fortunate to have the skills of talented nurse historians such as Colonel (Retired) Mary Sarnecky, DNSc, who wrote biographical sketches of the first fourteen Superintendents and Chiefs of the Army Nurse Corps, and in 2003 generously donated them to ANCA for publishing on the web.
In 2013 Dr. Sarnecky did an update of the series, and in 2021, Colonels (Retired) Karen Gausman and Nancy Molter combined forces to update the page with short bios of the three most recent Chiefs.
Full official portraits are shown for all. Our thanks to the Army Medical Department Museum, custodian of the framed oil portraits of the earlier Chiefs and Superintendents.