COL Jonathan M. Kissane, MSC, USA (Ret)
Award Winner, 2018
The NMCWM presented the 11th Annual Major Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award to two incredible individuals. COL Robert Mabry, MD, MC, USA and COL Jonathan M. Kissane, MSC, USA (Ret) were presented with the distinguished award on October 11, 2018, at the historic Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg, PA.
COL Kissane served as a career Army Medical Service Corps officer and is currently a senior medical logistics consultant to the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. He has been recognized as the singular greatest driver of innovation in medical logistics. COL Kissane’s knowledge and appreciation of the limitations on forward medical elements led him to devise creative and highly effective solutions for medical resupply by division and brigade level medics and medical units.
“Jon Kissane has tirelessly and with great zeal pushed the envelope to ensure that providers had the right items in the right quantity at the right time,” states Brigadier General Richard Ursone (USA Ret). “Jon has had an enormous impact on medical logistics doctrine, training, policy, and operations and he is the singular greatest driver of innovation in the medical logistics arena.”
“The caliber of nominees continues to amaze us,’” explains NMCWM Executive Director David Price, “COL Mabry and COL Kissane carry on the Letterman tradition in entirely different yet essential ways. One on the combat medical care side and the other on the medical logistics side. Letterman knew that one cannot succeed without the other. These two gentlemen represent the best in military medicine and carry on the tradition of Major Jonathan Letterman whose innovations shape military and civilian medicine today.”
The Major Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award is meant to honor individuals, military units or entities, companies, organizations or project groups who are leaders in innovative efforts in medical care. These innovations carry over into civilian life, contributing to the advancement of medical processes and improved patient outcomes and quality of life for all.
The Letterman Award is a natural outcome of the mission and current programming of the NMCWM. Since 2004, the NMCWM has developed an ever-expanding series of training programs and research projects designed to aid medical and emergency management professionals in their daily tasks. By learning from the innovations of the past and understanding their relevance and application to current and future medicine, we can eliminate the repetition of mistakes and help to accelerate new processes and techniques.