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Our View: Honoring Rear Admiral Bonnie Potter

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Rear Admiral Bonnie Potter Statue Fundraiser
Elegance in the Garden
When: 7:30 - 10 p.m. Saturday
Where: 995 Lincoln Way, Auburn
tickets: $30 and are available at:
eventbrite.com/e/rear-admiral-bonnie-potter-statue-fundraiser-elegance-in-the-garden-event-                    tickets-45216381414#tickets
 
The goal of the Honoring Bonnie Potter Committee is to raise sufficient funds in order to create a statue commemorating Admiral Potter and her accomplishments in addition to highlighting her as a role model for young women everywhere who wish to rise to the highest levels of leadership. The funds required to accomplish this goal are approximately $40,000. The statue itself will be created by renowned artist Douglas Van Howd. This Saturday, don’t miss the opportunity to visit one of Auburn’s hidden gems, the Armed Forces Pavilion and Community Garden, to honor Bonnie Potter. Fabulous food, drink, live music and fire dancers are all a part of the event.
According to information contained in Potter’s Wikipedia article, she has had a long, important career in the armed forces:
Potter completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the Naval Regional Medical Center Oakland, where she was chief resident from 1978 to 1979. She remained at NRMC Oakland as a staff internist and residency training officer until 1983.
She was assigned as assistant head, Internal Medicine Department, Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia, from 1983 to 1987. She also served as the command intern coordinator and transitional residency program director. In 1987, Potter transferred to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland, where she performed duties as the medicine clerkship coordinator, and physical diagnosis coordinator for National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda.
From January 1989 to April 1993, she served as the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, chairman and program director, Department of Internal Medicine. As head, Medical Services, USNS Comfort  from August 1990 until April 1991, she deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. From May 1993 to May 1995, Potter was stationed at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia, as the deputy commander and director of academic affairs.
She was the commanding officer of Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton from June 1995 to January 1997.  In 1997, her promotion to rear admiral marked her as the first female physician in the United States Navy to be selected for flag rank. Potter was then appointed as commander of the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, where she also served as the chief, Navy Medical Corps, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, D.C., from April 1997 to September 1999 and as the chairman, Region 1 TRICARE Executive Board from July 1998 to August 1999.
In 1999, Potter was nominated to the rank of rear admiral and in December 1999, reported as fleet surgeon, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Additional duties included command surgeon, U.S. joint forces command and medical advisor, allied command, Atlantic. 
Potter and her husband retired to California in 2003 where she is active in the Navy League and raises alpacas.
An amazing career.  An extraordinary event.