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Army Capt. Rosalynda Uy was recently selected as the Junior Officer of the Year (JOY) for Fiscal Year 2012 by the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) Board of Directors.

WRNMMC Commander Rear Adm. (Dr.) Alton Stocks announced the selection of the pharmacy supply section chief during a Jan. 17 ceremony held in Memorial Auditorium. He called all of the officers in contention for JOY, which included those who won the quarterly awards, “winners.”

Army Col. Laurel S. Fields, chief of the Department of Pharmacy at WRNMMC, nominated Uy for JOY and called her an outstanding officer. “She proactively takes on issues and brings them to me with recommendations for resolution. This is what we expect all of our leaders to do -- proactively identify issues and develop courses of action to resolve those issues. It is unusual that someone who is so new as a military officer possesses her outstanding critical thinking and ability to make things happen,” stated the colonel.

Uy has been in the Army for two years, but she brought 16 years of pharmacy experience from the civilian sector with her to the military when commissioned into the Army’s Medical Service Corps.

“As a junior grade captain, Uy is unusual in that she joined the Army already having completed a clinical pharmacy residency, as well as worked as a supervisor in both a hospital pharmacy and a retail setting,” Fields added. “[Uy] has a wealth of knowledge in both her pharmaceutical skill sets and her ability to lead her staff. She thinks on her feet and is one of the best leaders on the pharmacy team. She is the epitome of what we expect in our upcoming, bright, young leaders and will continue to do great things for military medicine.”

Uy said it’s humbling to be chosen WRNMMC’s Junior Officer of the Year, and credits her selection to the help and support of her family, co-workers and department leadership.

“I thank the Department of Pharmacy for helping me to be named the Junior Officer of the Year for 2012,” the captain said. “I did not get here by myself, and every pharmacy staff member has contributed to my success.”

The pharmacist said she believes caring is important in health care delivery, and she stresses this to those whom she mentors. “It is better to be good and caring than great and not caring,” Uy said.