Deputy Commander, Nursing - Biography
Lt. Col. William Amsink
Lieutenant Colonel (Lt. Col.) William Amsink started his military career as a combat infantryman, assigned to the 1st Battalion/75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA in 1986. Shortly after returning from Desert Storm in 1991, he left active duty as a Staff Sergeant and continued serving as an Infantryman in the Georgia National Guard. He graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and received a direct commission in August 1996. He obtained a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Baylor University in 2005 and completed Command and General Staff College in 2008. His first duty assignment after commissioning was at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, where he served as a Certified Oncology Nurse on the Internal Medicine and Oncology ward, and later as a staff nurse on the Orthopedics, Surgical, and Same Day Surgery wards.
Lt. Col. Amsink’s tours include Medical/Surgery, PACU Nurse, Head Nurse Same Day Surgery, ER Nurse and Evening Supervisor at USA MEDDAC, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. After graduate school at Baylor University, he served as the Executive Officer, Deputy Chief Resource Management, and Nurse Methods Analysts at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center Fort Gordon, GA. From Fort Gordon, he deployed to Iraq with the 31st CBT SPT Hospital and served as the Emergency Room OIC for 15 months.
After deployment, he was assigned to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), Population Health, where he managed several healthcare initiatives and programs and taught the TRICARE Medical Management course at several locations around the world. He served as the Nurse Methods Analyst, and the Chief of Nursing Operations, Brooke Army Medical Center and Chief of Operations, USA MEDCOM Inspector General Office, Fort Sam Houston, TX and now is currently serving as the Deputy Commander for Nursing and Patient Support Services for McDonald Army Health Center, USA MEDDAC Fort Eustis VA.
His awards and decorations include, the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Secretary of Defense Service Badge and the Order of Military Medical Merit.