MG (Ret) Barbara Holcomb, RN, BSN, MSN
Barbara Holcomb is a retired Army Major General, having served 33 years as a leader in nursing, healthcare, medical research and logistics. She served in command positions at every rank from Captain onward. She deployed to Iraq during Desert Shield/Desert Storm; Kosovo during Operation Joint Guardian; and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Her last military assignment was as the 25th Chief, Army Nurse Corps and as Commanding General, Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, in Frederick Maryland. She retired on 01 JUN 2020.
She is a 1987 Distinguished Military Graduate of Seattle University Army ROTC where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She earned a master’s degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Kansas, a master’s level Certification in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University, and a master’s in Military Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA. She is a graduate of the Master Leadership Program of Greater San Antonio, Class XVII. The program focuses on preparing attendees for service on non-profit boards or civic commissions.
Barb is the CEO of her own consulting company, Barb Holcomb Consulting, LLC., working in areas of medical research strategy, federal health care planning, leadership, and team and organizational development. She serves as an advisor to Echelon Med-Tech LLC and is on the executive board for Q30.
As a Veteran, Barb continues to serve by volunteering a clinical nursing shift once a week in the Brooke Army Medical Center Emergency Department. She is Vice President for 360MVP and the Vice President of Operations for The Patient Institute, both non-profit organizations in the San Antonio area. She is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association, Army Nurse Corps Association, Sigma Theta Tau, Intl., Veterans of Foreign Wars, Association of United States Army, Military Officers of America Association, Master Leadership Program Alumni Association and the Mil-Civ Club of San Antonio.