The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 948 of Marysville is holding its 3rd annual Pearl Harbor Celebration on December 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Marysville Veterans Memorial Center, 211 17th Street in Marysville.
This year they will have the honor to have Rear Admiral Bonnie Potter as the guest speaker.
Rear admiral Potter was born and raised near Oakland California graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Animal Science, and received her MD degree from ST. Louis University School of Medicine. She completed medical school on a Navy scholarship, and came on active duty as a Lieutenant in 1975. She spent the first 20 years as a clinician and teacher of internal medicine, advancing to the rank of Captain. Following a tour as Chief Medicine/Residency Program Director at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, and Director of Medicinal Services, USNS Comfort during Operations Desert Shield/Storm, she transitioned into Executive Medicine. In 1997, she was promoted to Rear Admiral (lower half), becoming the first female physician in the military to be selected for “Flag” rank (Admiral or General). She served as Commander, National Naval Medical center, Bethesda, MD, lead Agent for Tricare Region 1, and Chief of the Navy Medical Corps. In 1999, she received her second star, and subsequent duties included Fleet Surgeon , US Joint Forces Command and Medical Advisor to Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic. She retired from active duty in 2003.
Rear Admiral Potter is board certified in Internal Medicine, with additional qualifications in Geriatrics, and she is a fellow if the American College of Physicians. She is the President of the Placer County Council of the Navy League, spent nine years as a member of the Northern California Retired Officers Community Boards of Directors, and six years as President of the Alpaca Owners Association Board of Directors. In 2012 she was awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution Ellen Hardin Walworth Medal for Patriotism and the President’s Volunteer Service Award for service on the Sacramento medical Reserve Corps. She is married to August Anema, and the live in Auburn, California where they raise Alpacas.
For additional information call Brock Bowen 530-713-1946