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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

Executive Director COL Young John Yauger, AN, USA,

COL Young (John) Yauger is the current Executive Director of TriService Nursing Research Program, the only Department of Defense (DoD) program dedicated to military nursing. TSNRP is responsible for funding, training, and disseminating military nursing research and evidenced-based practice. Over a 22-year career as an US Army Nurse, COL Yauger served as a critical care nurse, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), an assistant professor in nurse anesthesia, and deployed 3 times in support of the war on terrorism, most recently in 2018 conducting golden hour offset surgical team operations for the Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan.

COL Yauger earned a PhD in neuroscience from the Department of Defense’s
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). COL Yauger is the first US Army CRNA to become a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) service chief fellow. His research interests include combat/ expeditionary nursing, resuscitation, anesthesia, traumatic brain injury, innovative technology, and neuroinflammation.

COL Yauger began his nursing career as an Army ROTC 4-year nursing
scholarship recipient at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. During his time at Marymount, COL Yauger served as the school’s Student Nurses Association. After earning a BSN in 2000, COL Yauger commissioned into the Army Nurse Corps. Initially, he served as a medical-surgical, pediatric, and critical care nurse at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. In 2003 at the onset of the Global War on Terror, COL Yauger deployed with the 28 th Combat Support Hospital to Iraq as a critical care nurse. While on deployment, COL Yauger met several Certified Register Nurse Anesthetists, which solidified his decision to pursue advanced practice nursing in the
field of anesthesia. He attended USUHS for nurse anesthesia school and graduated as the outstanding student of the class in 2007. While serving at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he deployed as a CRNA with the 541 st Forward Surgical Team in Afghanistan in 2010. Next, He attended graduate school again to earn a PhD in Neuroscience. While in graduate school, COL Yauger studied the impact of iron on neuroinflammation following traumatic brain injury.

Following graduate school, COL Yauger served as an assistant professor at the
US Army Graduate Program of Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN). He is a published author and assistant professor of anesthesia, biochemistry, and leadership. During his assignment at USAGPAN, He deployed with the 759 th FRST and conducted Golden Hour Offset Surgical Treatment (GHOST) operations with the Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan. In 2020, COL Yauger served at DARPA 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 innovative
triage technology.

COL Young John Yauger, TSNRP Executive Director

COL Young John Yauger, AN, USA



Executive Board of Directors

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BG James (Jamie) D. Burk


Chief, Army Nurse Corps

BG James (Jamie) D. Burk received his commission in 1995 from the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) after graduating from East Tennessee State University with a BS in Nursing.


BG Burk’s past staff assignments include an Emergency Nurse with the 86th Combat Support Hospital, Ft. Campbell, KY. He served as an emergency nurse and Head Nurse at Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. In 2001, BG Burk was assigned to the 3rd Brigade 4th Region ROTC Headquarters at the Presidio of Monterey, CA as a Brigade Nurse Recruiting Officer. He was later assigned to Fort Bragg in May 2003 serving as the Medical Operations Officer for the 261st ASMB and later as the HHD, 261st ASMB Commander.


During this command, BG Burk deployed the detachment in support of OIF 04-06. Upon redeployment, he transferred to Womack Army Medical Center where he served as the
Head Nurse in the Emergency Department from 2006-2009. BG Burk later deployed with the 274th Forward Surgical Team as an emergency nurse in support of OIF and OEF. In
April 2011, BG Burk served at the US Army Human Resource Command as an Assignments Officer for the Army Nurse Branch. His other notable staff assignments
include the Executive Assistant to the Army’s Surgeon General, the Deputy Director for Nursing at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and Assistant Deputy Medical Affairs for the ASA Manpower & Reserve Affairs.

Brigadier General Jeannine M. Ryder

Maj Gen Jeannine M. Ryder, USAF, NC

Commander, Air Force Medical Agency (FOA)

Chief of Air Force Nurse Corps

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 RDML Robert J. Hawkins

Director, J5/5/7, Defense Health Agency

Director, U.S. Navy Nurse Corps

RDML Robert J. Hawkins enlisted in the Navy in 1983 and completed the Nuclear Power Training Program before serving on two submarines. He earned a BS in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina and was commissioned as an Ensign in 1993. He completed an MBA from Webster University, a Master of Science from Georgetown University, and a Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies at the Navy War College.


He holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the College of Nursing at Rush University and a PhD from the Rush University Graduate College. Hawkins completed a Graduate Certificate in Global Health from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Master of Public Health.


He served wartime deployments as a nurse anesthetist as part of Fleet Surgical Team Eight and as director of the graduate Nurse Anesthesia Program at the Uniformed Services University.

Maj 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.


Maj 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, Maj 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.

Research Interest Group Leaders & Deputies

LCDR Justin Hefley

CDR Justin Hefley, DNP, CRNA

Anesthesia RIG Leader

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Lt Col Kelley Henson, DNP, CPNP-AC

Military Family RIG Leader

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LTC Lisa Post,  PhD, MS, BSN

Anesthesia RIG Deputy


LCDR MaryPat Tobola, DNP, MSN,

Military Family RIG Deputy

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LTC Jonathan Yost, PhD, MSN, CRNA

Anesthesia RIG Deputy

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MAJ Melissa Miller, PhD, RN, CNOR

Health Systems/Informatics RIG Army Leader

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CDR Shawna Grover, PhD, ANP-BC, ACNS-BC, AOCNS

Biobehavioral Health RIG Leader

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Health Systems/Informatics RIG Navy Leader

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Lt Col Carla Wiese, PhD, MSN,

Biobehavioral Health RIG Deputy


Maj Brian Rottweiler,MS, APRN-CNS, AGCNS-BC, CMSR

Health Systems/Informatics RIG Air Force Leader

MAJ Angela Samorsorn

MAJ Angela Samorsorn, PhD, AN

Expeditionary Care RIG Leader

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Maj Angela Phillips, PhD, APRN,

Military Women's Health RIG Leader

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CDR Tony Torres, PhD, RN, ANP,

Expeditionary Care  RIG Deputy

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LTC(P) Lana Bernat, DNP, CNM, CPHQ

Military Women's Health RIG Deputy

RIG Leaders
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