Lieutenant Colonel Lauren L. Pecher
Public Health Activity-San Diego Commander
Lieutenant Colonel Lauren Pecher was born to a military family on 18 March 1977 at Darnall Army Community Hospital on Fort Hood, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1999. She attended the Virginia – Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine as a Health Professions Scholarship Program recipient, earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and joining the US Army Veterinary Corps in 2005.
LTC Pecher’s initial assignment was as Officer in Charge of the Fort Hood Veterinary Treatment Facility on Fort Hood, Texas. During her time at Fort Hood, she also served for six months as acting Chief of North Texas Branch Veterinary Services. She was subsequently assigned to Fort Richardson, Alaska as Chief of Fort Richardson Branch Veterinary Services from 2007- 2010. Following Alaska, she was assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and immediately deployed to Iraq to join the 218th MED DET (VS) where she served as 5th Squad OIC at COB Adder, responsible for provision of veterinary service support to the USD-South area of operations. After redeployment to JBLM in September 2011, she remained with the 218th for an additional year to ensure continuity and assist with unit preparations for a follow-on deployment to Afghanistan, and was then reassigned to the Department of Technical Services at Public Health Command Region West where she served as the Food Protection Program Manager. In 2013, she relocated to Fort Collins, Colorado to complete her Long Term Health Education and Training program, earning a Masters of Public Health degree with a specialization in Epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health at University of Colorado – Denver and achieving board certification in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. LTC Pecher was next assigned to the 106th MED DET (VSS) in Korea, serving as S3 OIC from 2015-2017 and as Executive Officer from 2017-2018. She returned to CONUS in July 2018 for duty as the Deputy Director of the Veterinary Services and Public Health Sanitation Directorate at the Army Public Health Center in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. She assumed command of Public Health Activity – San Diego on 28 June 2019, and recently achieved primary selection to assume CSL command in CY2021.
LTC Pecher's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), a Meritorious Unit Citation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Korea Defense Service Medal.
LTC Pecher has been married for 14 years to Mr. Martin L. Michel. They have 2 children; Tristan (14) is a rising 9th grader, and Keara (12) is a rising 7th grader.