LTC Weinke - Rodriguez AHC Commander (Photo by William Bowman)
Lieutenant Colonel Rachel J. Wienke is a native of Farwell, Michigan. In 1993, she joined the Army as a PATRIOT Missile Crewmember. After serving in Germany and Saudi Arabia as an enlisted Soldier and NCO, she was awarded a Green-to-Gold ROTC Scholarship. She completed the ROTC program as a Distinguished Military Graduate at Central Michigan University. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology (Magna Cum Laude) and received her commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps in 1999.
LTC Wienke’s military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course (Distinguished Graduate), the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Officer Basic Course (Commandant’s List), the NBC Defense Officer Course (Honor Graduate), the Unit Movement Officer Course, the Mountain Leader Combat Service and Support Course, the Personal Information Carrier/Field Deployable Record Course, the Safety Officers Course, the Health Services Human Resource Managers Course, the Cadre Training Course, the AMEDD Officer Advanced Course, the Basic Healthcare Administration Course, the AMEDD Executive Skills Course, the Army Battalion Pre-Command Course, and the AMEDD Pre-Command Course. She completed Intermediate Level Education at the Command and General Staff College, where she earned the 6Z Strategic Studies Additional Skill Identifier. Her civilian education includes a Master’s Degree in Management from Wayland Baptist University, with a Human Resources specialization, where she was recognized as the 2007 Outstanding Graduate, Master of Arts in Management. LTC Wienke has been certified since 2007 by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
LTC Wienke served as a Treatment Platoon Leader in Charlie Company, 10th Forward Support Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, NY; Battalion S-1/Adjutant for 10th Forward Support Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, NY; Battalion S-1/Adjutant for 10th Logistics Task Force, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo; Brigade S-1/Adjutant for 32d Medical Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, TX; Company Commander, Bravo Company, 232d Medical Battalion, Fort Sam Houston, TX; Medical Personnel Officer, United States Army Central Surgeon’s Office, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Chief, Military Personnel Division, Irwin Army Community Hospital, Fort Riley, KS; Assignment Officer for Medical Corps Branch at Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, KY; Troop Commander/Chief, Human Resources Division for Ireland Army Community Hospital, Fort Knox, KY; Deputy Commander for Administration/Chief, Human Resources Division, Ireland Army Community Hospital, Fort Knox, KY; and Deputy Commander for Personnel/G-1, 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support), Fort Shafter, HI.
LTC Wienke’s awards and decorations include five Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, seven Army Achievement Medals, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with a bronze star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with one campaign star (CS), the Kosovo Campaign Medal with one CS, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal with a bronze star, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, and the NATO Medal (Kosovo). Additionally, she was awarded the 2003 Health Services Medical Service Corps Award of Excellence, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, two Army Superior Unit Awards, the Expert Field Medical Badge, and the Norwegian Foot-March Skill Insignia (Bronze). The Surgeon General awarded her the 9A Proficiency Designator to recognize her professional expertise and achievements. LTC Wienke is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.
LTC Wienke is married to Carmen Vega, a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who is originally from Ciales, Puerto Rico. They have two cats, Millie and Zamaris.