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Colonel Jean Barido

Regional Health Command Central

Commander, Public Health Command - Central


COL Jean Barido earned her Nursing Diploma from Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing and her BSN from Regis College.  In addition to her bachelor’s degree, COL Barido earned the following masters degrees: Emergency and Disaster Management from Touro University, Family Nurse Practitioner from Uniformed Services University, and a Strategic Studies degree from the US Army War College.


COL Barido has completed the following Military courses: AMEDD Officer Basic, AMEDD Officer Advanced, Command and General Staff College, Advanced Nurse Leadership, and the Army War College.


COL Barido began her military career as a direct commission into the U.S. Reserves. She served in multiple positions at the 399th Combat Support Hospital in Taunton, MA. She was the first Nurse Corps Officer to serve as their Company Commander. COL Barido deployed to Kosovo during 2001 where she was assigned as the Head Nurse of the ICU and managed the critical care transportation team.  She accessed on to active duty in 2003. In 2005 COL Barido deployed to Afghanistan with the 249th Combat Support Hospital in support of OEF where she served as a critical care nurse and Nurse Manager of the Outpatient Clinics. During her deployment she was instrumental in establishing a Critical Care Residency program for Afghanistan Doctors. Her active duty assignments include: Chief of Education and Training, Head Nurse of the Urgent Care Clinic and Chief of Hospital Operations, Moncrief Army Community Hospital, Fort Jackson, SC; Family Nurse Practitioner, Battalion Surgeon for the 68 W program, and the Taylor Burke Clinic Chief, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX, and the Assistant Deputy of Medical Affairs for the Assistant Secretary of the Army Manpower and Reserve Affairs. COL Barido previously served as the Deputy Commander for Nursing, Moncrief Army Community Hospital, Fort Jackson, SC. She is currently serving as the commander of the Public Health Command - Central region.


COL Barido’s military awards include: Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (5), and Army Achievement Medal (2).  She has also been awarded the Army Staff Identification Badge. COL Barido received the following awards: 804th Medical Brigade Rumbaugh Award (Outstanding Nurse of the year), Palmetto Gold Award (South Carolina Outstanding Nurse), USU Esprit de Corps, Distinguished Clinical Performance Award (GSN, USU).


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