COL Carlene A.S Blanding served as the Chief, Medical Service Corps Branch at United States Army Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, KY.  Her previous assignment was as the Commander, Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital, Fort Polk, LA.  Prior to that she served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, Human Resources for the Northern Regional Medical Command, Fort Belvoir, VA.

Her military education consists of the Officer Basic Course (OBC), Officer Advance Course (OAC), Combat Casualty Care Course, Health Services Human Resources Manager Course (70F), Combined Arms and Services Staff School (CAS3), Force Integration Course, HealthCare Recruiter Course, Command and General Staff College (CGSC), Army Medical Department Executive Skills Course, Senior Leader Course, Medical Strategic Leadership Course, Pre-Command Courses and Senior Service College.  

COL Blanding’s civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. She earned a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan State University, in Mount Pleasant, MI, a Master of Education in Human Resources and Organizational Development from University of Georgia in Athens, GA, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA.

COL Blanding’s assignments are varied: Executive Officer, 168th Dental Activity, Yongsan, Korea; Chief, Officer Strength Manager and Chief, Personnel Actions Branch at MEDCOM, Fort Sam Houston, TX; Executive Officer for the 2d Medical Recruiting Battalion in Atlanta, GA; Brigade S1/Adjutant for the 32d Medical Brigade; G1, Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S); Commander, 5th Medical Recruiting Battalion, Fort Sam Houston; Deputy Director and Chief, Force Management Division in the Human Resources Directorate at the Office of the Surgeon General, Falls Church, VA.  COL Blanding deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Her awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (8th Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medal, Recruiter Badge, Excellence in Recruiting Award and the Department of the Army Staff Badge. She is a member of the Order Of Military Medical Merit.

She is the Health Services Human Resources Consultant (70F) to The Surgeon General.

She is married to Jervis and they have two awesome sons Gabriel and Kaleb.