JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – Lt. Col. Sara Molloy, an Australian exchange officer assigned to the Field Force Integration Directorate (FFID), US Army Medical Center of Excellence (MEDCoE) was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the Ambassador of Australia to the United States, the Honorable Arthur Sinodinos, during an investiture ceremony at the Australian Embassy, Washington, DC, March 31, 2022.
The Distinguished Service Medal is a unique Australian medal, earned by Molloy for meritorious achievement in his previous work in his home country.
According to a press release from the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC), “Lieutenant Colonel Molloy has made an outstanding contribution to the development and delivery of a Human Performance Program for North Queensland and the Australian Army. . His exceptional leadership, interpersonal skills and expertise provided a holistic approach to improving cognitive and physical performance while reducing physical injury and increasing resilience. The long-term positive effects on soldiers and their physical and mental well-being will be an exceptional force multiplier for the Army in years to come.”
Molloy is assigned to MEDCoE as part of an exchange agreement between the Army medical education and training facility and RAAMC. According to Colonel Jon Baker, Director of FFID, MEDCoE has had an Australian exchange program for over 18 years. The MEDCoE usually sends a 72D Environmental Science Officer to Australia as part of the exchange.
“The exchange program is highly effective as it enables the exchange of valuable experience and knowledge between military medicine and the Australian military,” said Baker, who worked with an Australian doctor before Molloy, a medical services officer. “Both officers were first-rate experts in their fields, and Sara exemplifies the best of the Australian Army.”
Molloy, who has nearly 20 years of service in the Australian Army, has been posted to MEDCoE since 2020. At FFID, she is responsible for developing options to enhance medical capabilities within the division as a unit of action, as well as the refinement and strengthening of medical capabilities in support of the multi-domain task force.
Baker said, “Sara has been invaluable to MEDCoE force modernization efforts.” He describes Molloy as a significant contributor to the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) military sector panel. “Lieutenant. Colonel Molloy’s involvement with this panel has proven invaluable in his charge of developing evidence-based strategies, tactics and goals that, if pursued, will improve physical activity, fitness physical, health, and readiness of U.S. service members, their families, and veterans. .” Baker credits Molloy’s superior subject matter expertise for enabling him to contribute very comprehensive and actionable recommendations that will appear prominently in the panel’s published product pending final editorial review and expected publication later in 2022. .
Molloy is as grateful for the experience she had as an exchange officer as she is for the prestigious medal and recognition of her achievements by her home country.
“It is a great honor to be recognized for an organizational effort focused on our employees,” said Molloy. “I was fortunate to work with influential leaders, who believed in a vision and empowered the team to succeed.” She believes this honor would not have been possible without the brilliant ideas of her soldiers, a dedicated staff, and the confidence and empowerment invested in her by those she describes as inspiring leaders and mentors.
Molloy, who was recently selected for a Joint Medical Command in the Australian Army, is acutely aware of the added credibility the award gives her. Molloy’s focus remains on her current job and how she could contribute to the United States and the Australian military in the near future.
“As far as what’s next for me, I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned working with the US military and the Medical Center of Excellence with my Australian counterparts,” Molloy said. “In a job where victory matters, strategic alliances and partnerships are essential, and it was a great honor to serve in the United States military.”
Molloy’s tenure with MEDCoE’s Field Force Integration Directorate ends in December 2022. To learn more about MEDCoE, visit https://medcoe.army.mil/.