Military Advisory Board

Our military advisory board provides H4HUS with a unique perspective - an empathy and understanding as to what a returning veteran may need and the experience he or she endured while serving our Country.



Major General Philip Volpe most recently served as the Commanding General at the Army Medical Department Center and School in San Antonio, Texas, before retiring on 1 June 2013 after a distinguished career of 30 years on active duty. He is a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician and was commissioned as a Captain in the Medical Corps in 1983, entering the Army via the Health Professions Scholarship Program.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pre-Professional Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. His internship and residency training in Family Medicine were completed at Tripler Army Medical Center from 1983 to 1986.

Dr. Volpe is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine. He was selected as the Uniformed Services Family Physician of the Year in 1996 and served as the President, Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians from 2003 to 2004.

His military education includes the AMEDD Officer's Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff Officer’s Course, and the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania where he was awarded a Distinguished Writing Award for publishing a Personal Experience Monograph on his experiences as the Task Force Ranger Surgeon in Somalia in 1993.

His military assignments (in chronological order) included Clinic Commander & Officer-In-Charge, Medical Dispensary, Multinational Force and Observers, Sinai, Egypt; Residency Staff Physician and Clinic Director, Family Practice Residency Program, Womack Army Medical Center, Ft. Bragg, NC; Division Surgeon, 82D Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, NC; Command Surgeon, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and Commander, Joint Medical Augmentation Unit (JMAU), Ft. Bragg, NC; Hospital Commander, 28th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Bragg, NC; Department Chief (Teaching Chief), Department of Family Practice & Emergency Medical Services, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI; Brigade Commander, 62nd Medical Brigade, Ft Lewis, WA; Commander, 18th Medical Command / 121st General Hospital (Seoul Community Hospital); Command Surgeon, United States Forces Korea / Eight US Army; and Deputy Command Surgeon, United Nations Command / Combined Forces Command, Republic of Korea from 2002 to 2004; the Assistant Surgeon General for Force Projection (ASG-FP), Office of the Surgeon General, Department of the Army, the Pentagon, Washington, DC.

After being promoted to BG on 1 Oct 2005, MG Volpe served as the Commanding General, 44th Medical Command (Airborne), the Command Surgeon for XVIIIth Airborne Corps and the Director of Health Services at Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 2005-2007. He then served as the Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force – National Capital Region Medical at Bethesda Naval Base, Maryland from 2008-2010. While serving at the Joint Task Force, MG Volpe was promoted to Major General on 11 May 2009. He then served as the Commanding General of Western Regional Medical Command and Senior Market Executive for TRICARE Puget Sound at JBLM from 2010-2012, and finally culminating his diverse career as the Commanding General of the AMEDD Center and School in San Antonio, Texas from 2012-2013. Several of MG Volpe’s assignments included Joint, Interagency, Combined and/or International duties and responsibilities.

In addition to his assignments, MG Volpe also served on the Joint Healthcare Vision 2010 Project from 1996-1998; the Combat Trauma Care Futures Committee from 1998-2001; served as the Military and Operational Medicine Consultant to the Surgeon General from 1998-2003; served as a Military Delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians from 2002-2005; served as an Advisory Board Member for the Citizen-Soldier Support Program from 2006-2009; and served as the Co-Chair of the Department of Defense Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide by Members of the Armed Forces from 2009-2011.

During MG Volpe’s military career, he participated in a variety of deployments to include: Operation JUST CAUSE in Panama (2nd Ranger BN / USSOCOM); Operation HURRICANE ANDREW RELIEF in South Florida (Command Surgeon, 82nd ABN DIV); Operation RESTORE HOPE in Somalia (Command Surgeon, Task Force Ranger); Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY in Haiti (JSOTF Surgeon); Operation CLEAN SWEEP (Hurricane Fran Relief) in North Carolina (Hospital CDR); and numerous classified special operations missions.

His awards and decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device for valor, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead and 2 Bronze Stars, the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal with 2 Service Stars, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Korean Order of National Security Merit Medal (the Samil Medal). He has also been awarded the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Combat Medical Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Combat Parachutist's Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Army Staff Badge. MG Volpe possesses the Surgeon General's “A” Proficiency Designator in the field of Family Medicine. He is a recipient of the Corby Award from the University of Notre Dame for distinguished military service and a recipient of a Public Service Award from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. MG Volpe is a proud member of the AMEDD Regiment and the Order of Military Medical Merit.

Tyler R. Donnell

MAJOR, U.S. Army

Tyler Donnell is currently assigned to Joint Base Lewis-Mc Chord with the 7th Infantry Division. He arrived at JBLM after completing his last duty with the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering at the United States Military Academy.

Tyler Donnell is a Field Artillery Officer, who has been stationed and deployed from Fort Hood, Texas throughout his nine-year career. He has deployed in support of Operation Iraq Freedom three times with the First Calvary Division, completing his third deployment on December 27th 2009. He has spent a total of 39 months in the Iraqi Theater of Operations, with 27 months in Baghdad, Iraq and the final 12 months in the Northern Provence of Kirkuk.

During this time, Tyler was assigned to the Second Brigade Combat Team where he served as Battery Commander of Bravo Battery, 3-82 Field Artillery. Prior to that his assignments include Operations Officer and Battalion Fire Direction Officer for 3-82 Field Artillery Regiment; Aide-de-Camp to the Assistant Division Commander – Maneuver during Combat Operations in Baghdad, Iraq; and Firing Battery Platoon Leader 1-82 Field Artillery, First Brigade Combat Team, First Calvary Division. He has completed U.S. Army Ranger and Air Assault courses as well as the Field Artillery Officer Basic, Advance courses, and Intermediate Level Education.

His military awards include Bronze Star Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and Combat Action Badge. He was awarded a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Science Degree in Applied Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

Tyler and his wife Dena have a son, Devin and a daughter, Avalin. The family resides in Olympia, WA. In their free time, the Donnells enjoy cycling and outdoor activities in the Olympic Peninsula.

Dena M. Donnell


Dena graduated with honors from Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Florida and shortly thereafter left for boot camp in Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri. She attended advanced individual training for Combat Medics and Radiology Specialist in Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. She finished the second phase for Radiology school in Ft. Carson, Colorado at Evans Army Community Hospital and went on to be stationed with MEDDAC at Reynolds Army Community Hospital in Ft. Sill., Oklahoma. There she became well trained and efficient in the modalities for diagnostic radiology, orthopedic radiology, ultrasound, mammography and CT. She went on to a short tour at the Aberdeen Proving grounds in Aberdeen, MA., where she became certified in hospital biohazard/hazmat procedures and joined Ft. Sill MEDDAC’s hazmat unit in the field. She spent some time as the Non-commissioned officer in charge (NCOIC) of Ft. Sill’s Troop Medical clinic’s Radiology department. When it was time to re-enlist, Dena decided to close the chapter on nearly 7 years of active duty, and set her sights on finishing college. She remained in Oklahoma after the Army life, and attended Cameron University as a pre-med/biology major to pursue a career in orthopedic medicine. Thanks to a mutual passion for cycling, it was during this time Dena met her now husband, Tyler, while he was attending the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course at Ft. Sill.

While at their next duty station, in Ft. Hood, Texas, Dena also attended school to also become a certified fitness trainer, which combined her passion for fitness and helping others. Upon completion of her courses, she was certified through the National Federation of Professional Trainers and started her own business venture, DMD Fitness. Dena was able to take her business with her on to their next duty assignment in Monterey, California. While Tyler worked on his Master’s in Physics at the Naval Postgraduate School, she spearheaded a program to offer fitness boot camps to military spouses on the Monterey Presidio. She also joined the Naval Postgraduate Cycling team, where she was able to coach cyclists new to the sport.

Dena and Tyler are currently residing in Washington with their two kids, Devin and Avalin, 2 dogs, Thunder Dog and Sprockette and a 3 legged cat named Tricycle. Tyler is stationed at JBLM with the 7th Infantry Division and Dena is finishing school for her Master Fitness certification. The family still enjoys cycling around Olympia, doing anything considered adventurous, and helping other veterans.



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He transitioned into Management Consulting / Executive Selection with the firm of Staub Warmbold & Associates and during his last two years (1984 through 1986) headed up their Stamford, Connecticut based office.

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