VADM Raquel Bono

Dir, Defense Health Agency
Defense Health Agency

A native of Texas and a University of Texas and Texas Tech Alumni, Vice Admiral (Dr) Bono has established an extensive and successful career in medicine, both as an accomplished combat surgeon, and health care leader.

Admiral Bono serves as the Director of the Defense Health Agency, headquartered in the Washington, DC area, where she leads a joint combat support agency, overseeing and managing the delivery of health care to almost 10 million Americans through 51 hospitals, 350 clinics, and the TRICARE health plan that includes a comprehensive civilian health care network.

The Defense Health Agency supports the Army, Navy, and Air Force in ensuring our military forces are healthy and medically ready for deployment, as well as ensuring our military medical teams are prepared to operate in austere environments around the globe for combat, humanitarian assistance, and disaster response.

These missions require the integration of numerous medical technologies into a seamless platform, giving providers and medical professionals the most cutting-edge, mobile, and secure technologies available. provide military members and their families an overall quality healthcare experience.

As part of the $50 billion DoD health care budget, the DHA provides shared services to the Army, Navy, and Air Force that includes health information technology, the TRICARE health plan, pharmacy, medical research & acquisition, medical logistics, medical education & training, public health, facility management, budget resource management, and contracting.

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