VPHPM Residency Alumna Receives Meritorious Service Medal

Major Sarah Easter Strayer receives award for achievements in Kuwait

Major Sarah Easter Strayer, DVM, '14 MPH, dipl. ACVPM, was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal this past summer for her contributions to the success of the Area Support Group Kuwait mission. The Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to any Servicemember of the Armed Forces of the United States or to any member of the armed forces of a friendly foreign nation who has distinguished himself or herself by outstanding meritorious achievement or service.

Easter Strayer received the award in recognition of her achievements in the year she spent as the Command Veterinarian for Area Support Group-Kuwait, and her team's support in seven installations in five countries across the Middle East. "We were responsible for the care of about 45 military working dogs, 800 privately owned animals, and food inspection of 55 installation facilities and 50 commercial facilities," describes Easter Strayer. 

Easter Strayer completed the veterinary public health and preventive medicine (VPHPM) residency, and her masters of public health degree, at the U of M in 2014. During her residency she also received funding from the Veterinary Pioneers in Public Health Fund to travel to Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda for an international professional development experience.

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