Rhonda Cornum, Director of Health Strategy at TechWerks, and former Director of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Initiative for the US Army, talks about how to create a strong Army and society.
Director of Health Strategy, TechWerks;
Former Director, Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Initiative, US Army
in conversation with THOMAS GOETZ
Rhonda Cornum joined TechWerks as director of health strategy in 2012. Before that, as a brigadier general in the US Army, she was the first director of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, the model for universal promotion of physical and psychological health within the Department of Defense. She previously served as assistant surgeon general for force projection, responsible for preparing soldiers and units for deployment, and commanded the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, the evacuation hub for Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, and Europe. During that assignment, she spearheaded development of the Joint Patient Tracking Application, an innovative electronic health-records system. Cornum is also a professor of military and operational medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Thomas Goetz is executive editor of WIRED magazine and author of the book The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine. Since Goetz joined WIRED in 2001, the magazine has been nominated for 18 National Magazine awards and has won nine times, including the top award for General Excellence three times. His cover stories at WIRED have been selected for both the Best American Science Writing and the Best Technology Writing anthologies. Before joining WIRED, Goetz held posts at the Village Voice, then at the Wall Street Journal, and The Industry Standard.
Rhonda Cornum, former Director of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Initiative for the US Army, details new initiatives to change the training of Army recruits. Cornum highlights a new policy that will temper drill sergeant screaming, and she argues that that tactic is a more effective training method.