Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, M.D., director of the Defense Health Agency, will deliver the keynote address during the University of Texas at Austin graduation on May 19.
In her role at DHA, Bono, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UT Austin in 1979, leads an organization responsible for ensuring the medical readiness of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.
The DHA oversees all aspects of military health, including military hospitals and health care research and technology programs, along with the military health plan serving more than nine million service members, retirees and their families.
“She has opened pathways for women serving in the military,” said Gregory L. Fenves, president of the university.
Bono was named a 2017 Distinguished Alumna by the Texas Exes alumni association for her contributions to military medicine.
Commissioned in 1979, she attended medical school at Texas Tech University. She also has an Executive MBA from the Carson College of Business at Washington State University.