Lieutenant Colonel Jodi K. Sangster
Public Health Activity-Guam Commander
Lieutenant Colonel Jodi K. Sangster is the current Commander of Public Health Activity – Guam (PHA-Guam), an Activity small in numbers but with a large mission. PHA-Guam contains branches located on Guam, Singapore, and New Zealand; they provide comprehensive veterinary services and public health support to a diverse array of stakeholders throughout the Western Pacific, Southeast Asia, Antarctica, and Oceania.
She hails from Bozeman, Montana, and is a 2000 graduate of Cornell University as well as a 2005 graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, she was commissioned into the Army as a Veterinary Corps Officer. Her first duty site was in the Mojave Desert at Edwards Air Force Base, where she spent two years as the Section OIC. She then proceeded to the Deputy Commander position at the 51st Medical Detachment (Veterinary Medicine) in Pulaski Barracks, Germany. In this capacity, she oversaw the transition of the 51st MDVM to Dog Center Europe, where she became the OIC. From 2010-2013, she completed a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, where she was twice awarded the resident clinical teaching award. She obtained board certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2013. Following the residency, she was assigned as the clinical specialist for the 64th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service Support) in Baumholder, Germany. During this time she deployed for 10 months as the Theater Clinical Specialist in Kandahar, Afghanistan, overseeing the care of over 1200 working dogs theater-wide. Her most recent position was as the clinical instructor for the First-Year Graduate Veterinary Education program at Ft. Campbell, KY, where she trained nine new CPTs in animal medicine and leadership.
LTC Sangster possesses a certification in Strategy and Policy Development from the U.S. Army War College. She is a graduate of the AMEDD Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the AMEDD Clinical Proficiency Course, the USDA Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician Course, the Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Course, Common Core Command and General Staff College, and the Joint Medical Executive Skills Institute Healthcare Management Course. Her military decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon (3). She earned the Expert Field Medical Badge in 2006 and was inducted into the AMEDD’s Order of Military Medical Merit in 2015.
LTC Sangster is not married and has no children but does have two cats.