School Of Pharmacy Alumnus Promoted To U.S. Army Colonel
School of Pharmacy alum Jeffrey J. Neigh, Deputy Chief of the Pharmacy Service Line in the Office of the Surgeon General, has been promoted from Lt. Colonel to Colonel in the Army.
"On April 12, a beautiful spring day with cherry blossoms in near full bloom, Mrs. Drennen and I attended the promotion ceremony," said School of Pharmacy Associate Dean Dr. James Drennen.
The event was held at the flagpole in front of the American Pharmacists Association, on Constitution Ave, NW, Washington D.C., within sight of both the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Monument.
Brigadier General Telita Crosland administered the Oath of Office and provided remarks during the ceremony. Colonel Neigh's wife, Jessica Neigh; daughter Katie Neigh; parents Joe and Judy Neigh, from Butler, PA; brother Steve and Joe Neigh's sister Eileen were in attendance, as well as a number of friends and co-workers.
"Colonel Neigh provided moving comments during the ceremony, acknowledging his family, friends, leaders whom he admired, and of course his alma mater- Duquesne University," said Drennen.
Neigh is an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate from Duquesne, where he earned his Pharm.D. degree and was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps in 2000. He completed a PGY-1 residency in Pharmacy Practice at Brooke Army Medical Center in 2005, and a dual Masters Degree program in Business and Healthcare Administration in 2013 from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.
His military education includes the Army Medical Department Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Staff Services School, Command and General Staff College-Intermediate Level Education, Defense Strategy Course, and the Interagency Institute for Federal Healthcare Executives. Neigh maintains Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties board certification on Pharmacotherapy.
Neigh has served in a variety of clinical, operational and leadership positions including Chief, Inpatient Pharmacy, Darnall Army Community Hospital, Fort Hood, TX; Pharmacy Practice Resident and Chief, Clinical Pharmacy, Brooke Army AL; Assistant Chief and Chief of Pharmacy, Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, GA; and Chief of Pharmacy, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, KY. He most recently served as a Federal Fellow at the American Pharmacists Association in Washington, D.C. in 2017 as part of the Army's Training with Industry Program. Neigh deployed as the Chief of Pharmacy with the 21st Combat Support Hospital in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
His military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Pharmacy recognitions include the 2010 Albert B. Prescott Award and 2011 Parata-Pharmacy Times Next Generation Pharmacist. Colonel is the highest rank he can achieve as a pharmacist in the Army.
Neigh has been married to his wife Jessica for 14 years, and they have three children - Katie (12), Natalie (7) and Isaac (5).
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