The U.S. Army Veterinary Corps presented several awards during the 10th Annual Force Health Protection Conference held Aug. 4-10 in Louisville, Ky.
Lieutenant Colonel Neal Woollen was awarded the inaugural Daniel Holland Leadership Award for his distinguished leadership qualities. Throughout his career, Lt. Col. Woollen has proved himself as a leader and a veterinary pathologist. He filled a key role in the national response to the 2001 anthrax attacks, participated in field research on the Ebola virus, was a member of the United Nations Special Commission inspection team in Iraq, and commanded the Theater Army Medical Laboratory.
Currently, Lt. Col. Woollen commands the 248th Veterinary Medical Detachment in the Iraq theater of operations. The Army said he exemplifies the leadership, commitment to excellence, professionalism, patriotism, and selfless service that characterized Lt. Col. Holland's career.
Captain Jim Pratt received the Exceptional Junior Officer of the Year Award. Following activation from the Reserve, Capt. Pratt was deployed to Iraq as a civil affairs Veterinary Corps officer. On completion of his deployment, he volunteered for active duty and was assigned to the Department of Veterinary Science at the Army Medical Department Center and School in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Captain Pratt's knowledge, skills, and attributes as a leader quickly earned him greater responsibilities throughout the Veterinary Service. His exceptional efforts helped ensure individual success and mission excellence and will have positive, long-term effects within the Veterinary Corps.