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Donald C. Arthur
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Surgeon General of the Navy

In office

Donald Caldwell Arthur, Jr. is a retired U.S. Navy medical corps vice admiral (VADM). He entered the Navy in 1974 and eventually served as the 35th Surgeon General of the United States Navy (2004–2007).[1]

Accomplishments and decorations[]

Arthur's work on the Defense Health Board Task Force on Mental Health[2] reflected his advocacy for PTSD in service members and combat veterans. He addressed the stigma of mental health[3] in the military and made efforts to alleviate it. Arthur was an advocate for service members who incurred and suffered with Traumatic Brain Injury. Arthur was also an advocate for gay service members in the military.[4]

Credentials investigation[]

In 2005, author and activist B.G. Burkett urged then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen to investigate Arthur, claiming that some of his education credentials were inappropriate, because they had been obtained from unaccredited institutions, and that they had influenced his promotions within the Navy. In turn, Arthur claimed that he had been misinformed about the institution's accreditation, and that an internal investigation by the Navy had cleared him of any wrongdoing.[5]

Present activities[]

Arthur joined the TriWest Health care Alliances Executive Advisory Board in 2008.[6]


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