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Kevin C. Kiley

Kevin Christopher Kiley
Major General Kevin C. Kiley
(pictured with the three stars of a lieutenant general)
Born (1950-10-18) October 18, 1950
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1976-2007
Rank Major General
Commands held Surgeon General of the United States Army
Battles/wars Operation Desert Storm
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (4)
Bronze Star
Army Commendation Medal
Expert Field Medical Badge

Major General (Ret.) Kevin C. Kiley (born October 18, 1950)[1] was the 41st Surgeon General of the United States Army and commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He was commander of Walter Reed Army Medical Center and North Atlantic Regional Medical Command twice, from 2002 to 2004, and as acting commander, March 1–2, 2007. He submitted his request to retire from the U.S. Army on March 11, 2007, in the wake of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center neglect scandal, and was removed from his nominative billet as a Lieutenant General. Pending retirement, he was assigned to a temporary billet at the General Officer Management Office at the Pentagon in the grade Major General. His retirement in the grade of Major General was subsequently approved.


  • Biography 1
    • Education 1.1
    • Work 1.2
    • Awards 1.3
  • Walter Reed Scandal 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4



Kiley was born in Pennsylvania on October 18, 1950,[2] and graduated from the Washington D.C. He served a surgical internship and then an obstetrics and gynecology residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.

He is a board-certified OB/GYN and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.


His first tour was with the 121st Evacuation Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, where he was the chief of OB/GYN services. He returned to the residency training program at William Beaumont Army Medical Center and served as chief of the Family Planning and Counseling Service. He then served as assistant chief of the department of OB/GYN.

He was assigned as the Division Surgeon of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York. He then assumed command of the newly activated 10th Medical Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, serving concurrently in both assignments. He returned to William Beaumont Army Medical Center, where he first served as the assistant chief, then chair of the department of OB/GYN.

In November 1990, he assumed command of the 15th Evacuation Hospital at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and in January 1991, he deployed the hospital to Saudi Arabia in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Upon his return, he was assigned as the Deputy Commander for Clinical Services at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

He assumed command of the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and what is now the U.S. Army Europe Regional Medical Command in Landstuhl, Germany, serving concurrently as the Command Surgeon, U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army.

Kiley then assumed the duties of Assistant Surgeon General for Force Projection; Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Health Policy and Services, U.S. Army Medical Command; and Chief, Medical Corps. His next tour was as Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School at Fort Sam Houston, where he continued as Chief of the Medical Corps.

Kiley served as commander of Walter Reed Army Medical Center and North Atlantic Regional Medical Command twice, from 2002 to June 2004, when Maj. Gen. Kenneth L. Farmer Jr. took command;[3] and for a single day as acting commander, March 1–2, 2007 (See "Walter Reed Army Medical Center Controversy," below).

In a public statement following his retirement submission on March 11, 2007, Kiley said: "I submitted my retirement because I think it is in the best interest of the Army. I want to allow Acting Secretary Geren, General Schoomaker, and the leaders of the Army Medical Command to focus completely on the way ahead and the Army Action Plan to improve all aspects of Soldier care. We are an Army Medical Department at war, supporting an Army at war - it shouldn't be and it isn't about one doctor."[4] Maj. Gen. Gale S. Pollock assumed the post of Acting Army Surgeon General.

Since his approved military retirement, Doctor Kiley has remained a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and secured a position with the Albany Medical Center in New York as chair of the department of OB/GYN where he continues to see patients.[5]


Among his awards and decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three oak leaf clusters), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal, the "A" professional designator, the Order of Military Medical Merit and the Expert Field Medical Badge.

Walter Reed Scandal

In February 2007, George W. Weightman, who had been fired by Harvey that day.

On the same day, the Post reported that Kiley had been aware of the issues at Walter Reed from his command in 2003.[7] Further reports surfaced that during a visit in 2004 to Walter Reed by Congressman Bill Young and his wife Beverly Young, a soldier was witnessed sleeping in his own urine. Beverly Young, after being ignored by a nurse over the issue, went to Kiley's office to complain. She was quoted on the incident stating:

"I went flying down to Kevin Kiley’s office again, and got nowhere. He has skirted this stuff for five years and blamed everyone else."[8]

Beverly Young wife of representative Bill Young, Wired Magazine

Kiley called the Post's reporting "a one-sided representation"[9] and "yellow journalism at its worst."[10] In his testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in March 2007, Kiley blamed junior officers for the conditions at Walter Reed.[11]

See also

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "[3]".


  1. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web
  2. ^ "MEMORANDUM FOR CORRESPONDENTS: No. 114-M". DefenseLINK News: Army Officers for promotion to Brigadier Generals.  
  3. ^ " Major General Kenneth L. Farmer Jr., M.D.," North Atlantic Regional Medical Command website
  4. ^ "Army Surgeon General Submits Retirement Request," March 12, 2007, US Army News Release
  5. ^ [4]
  6. ^ "Wounded and waiting: A slow medical evaluation process leaves many injured troops in limbo," February 17, 2007, Army Times; "Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration At Army's Top Medical Facility," February 18, 2007, The Washington Post; "The Hotel Aftermath," February 19, 2007, The Washington Post; "Hospital Investigates Former Aid Chief," February 20, 2007, The Washington Post; "Army Fixing Patients' Housing," February 20, 2007, The Washington Post
  7. ^ "Hospital Officials Knew of Neglect," March 1, 2007, The Washington Post
  8. ^ Shachtman, Noah (March 1, 2007). "Neglect at Walter Reed (Updated)". Wired. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Defense Secretary Sends Stern Message About Accountability," March 3, 2007, The Washington Post
  10. ^ "Walter Reed Stories Factual But Unfair, Medical Chief Says," February 23, 2007, The Washington Post
  11. ^ "BREAKING: Kiley Resigns". ThinkProgress. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
Preceded by
Maj. Gen. Harold L. Timboe
Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman
Commanding General of Walter Reed Army Medical Center
2002–June 2004
1 March 2007–2 March 2007
Succeeded by
Maj. Gen. Kenneth L. Farmer Jr.
Maj. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker
Preceded by
Lt. Gen. James B. Peake
Surgeon General of the United States Army
September 30, 2004–March 12, 2007
Succeeded by
Maj. Gen. Gale Pollock (acting)
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