Army 2nd Lt. Alex Villahermosa recently became the first-ever Uniformed Services University (USU) medical student to receive the Order of the Military Medical Merit or O2M3. The award was presented by the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) for his significant contributions to the Regiment.

On February 11th, 2021 Villahermosa was recognized for his achievements during a small ceremony at USU. “I didn’t tell him that we were doing this today. I have been stringing him along for the last year, and he had no idea that this was going to happen,” said Dr. Althea Green-Dixon. Green-Dixon is director of recruitment of the Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program, a partnership between the USU and the military services that provide enlisted servicemembers the opportunity to meet the requirements to be accepted to medical school.

The Order of Military Medical Merit is a unique, private organization founded by the Commanding General of U.S. Army Health Services Command in April 1982 to recognize excellence and promote fellowship and esprit de corps among Army Medical Department (AMEDD) personnel. Membership in the Order denotes distinguished service which is recognized by the senior leadership of the AMEDD. Members are given a certificate and a handsome medallion that signifies to all they meet that they are members of the Order.

Before coming to USU for medical school through the Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program (EMDP2), 2nd Lt. Villahermosa had served for several years on active duty as an Army Special Forces “Green Beret” medic, demonstrating service and leadership in a variety of medical and educational roles.