Military Bios

Rear Admiral Richard A. Mayo:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Medical Corps Deputy Director and Program Executive Officer,
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs)
Rear Admiral Mayo is the Deputy Director and Program Executive Officer of TRICARE Management Activity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), Washington, D.C.
As Deputy Director, Rear Adm. Mayo is responsible for the operation and overall performance of the Department of Defense's TRICARE-managed health care program for members of the Uniformed Services, their families, retirees and other eligible beneficiaries. He directs a staff of 185 and an annual Defense Health Program budget of $11 billion with oversight including the effective provision of high-quality, accessible health care for 8.7 million beneficiaries worldwide.
Rear Adm. Mayo is a native of Nashua, N.H. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Northeastern University, Boston, Mass., followed by his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in General Surgery in June 1975 at Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany, N.Y.
Rear Adm. Mayo was commissioned in the Navy in January 1971 and reported for active duty in July 1975. His military assignments have included: Assistant Medical Officer and General Surgeon, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42); Staff Surgeon, Naval Regional Medical Center, Jacksonville, Fla.; Staff Surgeon, Head, Surgery Department, Director, General Surgery Training Program, and Director for Surgical Services, Naval Hospital (NH) Portsmouth, Va.; Executive Officer, NH Charleston, S.C. From August 1990 to March 1991, he deployed to Saudi Arabia as Commanding Officer, Fleet Hospital Five. This was the first deployment of a Navy Fleet Hospital in a real contingency situation and the hospital was awarded a Navy Unit Commendation.
Rear Adm. Mayo previously served as Commanding Officer, NH Bremerton, Wash., from October 1992 to July 1994. He was the Deputy Assistant Chief for Health Care Operations at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, D.C., followed by the Assistant Chief for Health Care Operations. From October 1997 until October 1998, he was the Lead Agent of TRICARE Pacific. He served as Fleet Surgeon/Director for Fleet Medical Operations, Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet from December 1996 until June 1999. While there, he was selected to flag rank.
From July 1999 until July 2001, he served as the Deputy Director for Logistics, J-4, Joint Staff, responsible for medical readiness. Prior to his present position, Rear Adm. Mayo served as the United States Pacific Command Surgeon and principal advisor to the U.S. Pacific Command on all medical matters. He was directly responsible for all PACOM medical units and the delivery of all medical services to beneficiaries in the Pacific.
Rear Adm. Mayo's military awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with Three Gold Stars), Meritorious Service Medal (with Gold Star), Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, as well as numerous other campaign and service medals.
Updated:11 December 2003


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