To facilitate nursing research to optimize the health of military members and their beneficiaries


Foster innovative research, support partnerships, inform leaders, and support operationally relevant research and Evidence-Based Practice.

Strategic Goals

  1. Develop nurse scholars and facilitate TriService scholarly collaboration.

  2. Provide a TriService infrastructure to enhance military nursing research and advance Evidence-Based Practice.

  3. Support research and Evidence-Based Practice projects on areas relevant to military readiness and military nursing practice.

  4. Enhance strategic communication to TSNRP stakeholders to increase awareness and relevance of military nursing research and Evidence-Based Practice.

Research Interest Groups (RIGs)

RIGs are teams that connect multidisciplinary researchers, clinical nurses, and students with common interests for collaboration, mentoring, and education. Members gain opportunities to join research projects, step into leadership, and network with peers. RIGs are organized around the following priorities in military nursing:


Executive Director COL Young John Yauger, AN, USA, CRNA, PhD

A published author and professor of anesthesia, biochemistry, leadership, and health assessment, COL Yauger began his term as executive director of TSNRP in 2022. He also conducts research in resuscitative medicine/nursing and serves as an assistant professor at the US Army Graduate Program of Anesthesia Nursing.

In 2020, he was the first ANC officer to serve as a fellow at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. During this fellowship, COL Yauger served as a subject matter expert on neuroscience and combat anesthesia topics. His positive contributions focused project efforts toward the multi domain operational environment and led to the creation of new projects identifying potential artificial blood products and traumatic brain injury treatments. In 2017, he earned a PhD in Neuroscience from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) where he studied the impact of iron on neuro-inflammation following traumatic brain injury. He received a TriService Nursing Research Program novice researcher grant.


COL Yauger deployed with the 28th Combat Support Hospital to Iraq as a critical care nurse where he met several Certified Register Nurse Anesthetists which solidified his decision to pursue advanced practice nursing in the field of anesthesia. He attended Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) for anesthesia school and graduated as the outstanding student of the class in 2007. He deployed as a CRNA with the 541st and 759th Forward Surgical Team in Afghanistan.  

He began his nursing career as an Army ROTC 4-year nursing scholarship recipient and president of the Student Nurses Association at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.  When commissioned into the Army Nurse Corps, COL Yauger served as a medical-surgical, pediatric, and critical care nurse at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC.

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COL Young John Yauger


Executive Board of Directors

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Brigadier General Jack M. Davis

Chief, Army Nurse Corps Director
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

BG Jack M. Davis began his career in Armor and subsequently served as a Special Forces A-Team leader. He began service in the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) in 1989. BG Davis has had multiple assignments, including Brooke Army Medical Center in the Medical and Surgical section, with a follow-on assignment to the Surgical and Trauma Intensive Care Unit; Chief Nurse and Chief of Clinical Operations, 1st Medical Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas; 1st Medical Brigade Chief Nurse and Chief of Clinical Operations; 32d Medical Brigade, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas; fourth Commandant of the Medical Education and Training Campus, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. BG Davis’ education includes two bachelor’s degrees from Arizona State University and a Master of Nursing Science degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. His military education includes the AMEDD Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms Staff and Service School, Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.

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Brig Gen Jeannine M. Ryder

Commander, 711th Human Performance Wing
Air Force Research Laboratory

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Rear Admiral Cynthia A. Kuehner

Director, Navy Nurse Corps Commander
Naval Medical Forces Support Command

RDML Cynthia A. Kuehner earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Hawaii, a Master of Science in Nursing from the Uniformed Services University of the Heath Sciences, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She was commissioned as an Ensign in 1991. Her previous assignments include senior nurse of Bravo Surgical Company, augmented to the 1st Medical Battalion in Fallujah, Iraq; Senior Medical Officer and Executive Officer of the Provincial Reconstruction Team, Khost, Afghanistan; medical staff and primary care manager, Naval Health Clinic, Corpus Cristi, Texas; Executive Officer, Naval Medical Center San Diego, and Commanding Officer, Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan. Her recent staff assignments include commander’s action group and assistant deputy chief, medical operations, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery deputy chief, operations, plans, and readiness in January 2020. She assumed her current position of Commander, Naval Medical Forces Support Command and Director of the Navy Nurse Corps in August 2020.

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Brigadier General Anita L. Fligge

J-3/5/7 Director and Chief Nursing Officer

Defense Health Agency

Brig. Gen. Jeannine M. Ryder is Commander, 711th Human Performance Wing (HPW), Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson, Air Force Base, Ohio, and Chief of the Air Force Nursing Corps. The 711 HPW advances human performance and integration for air, space, and cyberspace through research, education, consultation and operational support. The Wing operates at seven geographically separated sites, and includes the Airman Systems Directorate and the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. Brig. Gen. Ryder oversees more than 2,000 personnel and an annual $400 million budget. She provides strategic direction for Air Force biotechnology, public health training, and aeromedical consultation. As Chief Nurse of the Air Force, Brig. Gen. Ryder creates and evaluates nursing policies and programs for 19,000 active duty, Guard and Reserve nursing personnel. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Boston College. She has commanded at the flight, squadron, and group level in both deployed and in-garrison environments.

Brig Gen Fligge also serves as the Commander of the Air Force Element at Defense Health Agency headquarters. As the Director, J-3/5/7, she is responsible for a $181 million budget and 674 personnel across eight geographic regions directing enterprise-wide operations, strategy, education, and training policy and programs. She ensures medically ready  operational support to military medical treatment facilities, Combatant Commands, the Joint Staff, and the Services. As the CNO, she maintains clinical and patient-care standards across both the health care delivery and medical readiness platforms. Brig Gen Fligge was commissioned into the Air Force Nurse Corps upon graduation from South Dakota State University. She served on active duty before transitioning to the Air Force Reserve. She  commanded an Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and Kuwait. She directed the development and sustainment of DoD medical training initiatives and academic policy.

Research Interest Group Leaders & Deputies


LTC John Reed

Anesthesia RIG Leader

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LCDR Justin Hefley

Anesthesia RIG Deputy

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Lt Col Sarah Huffman

Biobehavioral Health RIG Leader

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MAJ Amanda Canada

Biobehavioral Health RIG Deputy

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Lt Col Tonya White

Expeditionary RIG Leader

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MAJ Angela Samorsorn

Expeditionary RIG Deputy


LTC Tanekkia Taylor-Clark

Health Systems/Informatics RIG Leader

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Maj Stephanie "Jill" Raps

Health Systems/Informatics RIG Deputy

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LT Dehussa Urbieta

Military Family RIG Leader

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MAJ Wendy Hamilton

Military Family RIG Deputy


LTC Leilani Siaki

Military Women's Health RIG Leader


CAPT Jennifer Buechel

Military Women's Health RIG Deputy


Read 2021 TSNRP Annual Report