Military Bios

Rear Admiral (Select) Karen Flaherty:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Nurse Corps Deputy Director of the Nurse Corps
She began her career as a Nurse Corps Officer at Quantico Naval Hospital where she served as a staff nurse, charge nurse on the Surgical and Orthopedic floors, and the Maximum Care Unit. In 1977 she was transferred to the Philadelphia Naval Medical Center and assumed the charge nurse role for a General Surgery Unit and the Obstetric and Gynecology Clinic. Rear Adm. (Sel.) Flaherty reported for duty as the Officer Programs Officer for Naval Recruiting Command, Navy Recruiting District New Jersey in 1979. She resigned her regular commission and accepted a commission in the Naval Reserve in 1982.
Rear Adm. (Sel.) Flaherty's reserve tours include Naval Hospital 404, Atlantic City, N.J.; Fleet Hospital 20, Philadelphia, Pa.; Fleet Hospital 20, Philadelphia; and, Fleet Hospital XX, Fleet Hospital 7, Fleet Hospital 22, and Fleet Hospital Fort Dix, all at Fort Dix, N.J. She served in a variety of roles during these tours, including Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, Officer-in-Charge, Training Officer, and Director of Nursing Services.
In February 1991, during Operation Desert Shield/Storm, she was recalled to serve with Fleet Hospital 15, Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Most recently, she served as CO of Naval Reserve OPNAV 093-106, prior to assuming her duties now as the Deputy Chief of the Navy Nurse Corps. Rear Adm. (Sel.) Flaherty is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation (two awards), National Defense Medal (two awards), Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Medal, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait Liberation Medals.
Rear Adm. (Sel.) Flaherty graduated from Skidmore College and received her Masterís of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently the Associate Director for Patient/Nursing Services at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
Effective date: 17 May 2004


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