BG Mary Link received a direct commission into the Army Nurse Corps in 1983 and has served in a variety of clinical and staff positions. While on active duty, BG Link served as an Emergency Room nurse at Fort Ord, CA, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Reserve assignments took her to Fort Snelling, MN, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX, and the Army Reserve Personnel Command in St. Louis, MO. In these postings BG Link gained valuable experience in mobilization operations, nursing supervision, and medical personnel policy and management. She complemented her reserve assignments with civilian employment as an Emergency Room Nurse, Trauma Nurse Coordinator, and Clinical Supervisor, Occupational Medicine.
BG Link’s Active Guard Reserve assignments include Career Manager, Branch Chief, Nurse Branch, Army Reserve Personnel Command and Deputy Director, Health Services Directorate, Human Resources Command, St. Louis, MO. In 2004 she was assigned as Assistant Director, Reserve and Medical Manpower, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness), Pentagon, Washington, D.C. BG Link assigned as Commander, AMEDD Professional Management Command, Morrow GA. Her next assignment was as Army Reserve Senior Staff Nurse, USA MEDCOM, Fort Sam Houston, TX. BG Link deployed as Commander, 3d MDSC, OCP FWD, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait in mid 2010 returning in spring 2011 and served as Deputy Surgeon, Clinical Operations, Office Chief Army Reserve in Washington DC until her release from AGR assignment.
BG Link was assigned to the Army Reserve Medical Command May 2012. The Army Reserve Medical Command provides trained, equipped and ready, skill-rich Citizen-Soldiers, to meet medical requirements across full spectrum military operations.
Her military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Order of Military Medical Merit, and the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge.
In her civilian career, BG Link serves as the OTSG rep to the Health Promotion Risk Reduction Team (HPRR), Department of the Army, Office of the Surgeon General, Falls Church, Virginia.
A native of Ravenna, Nebraska, BG Link graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education and a Masters Degree in Health Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. She is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, a 2005 graduate of the Army War College, and completed the Joint Forces Reserve Orientation Course. She is the proud mother of two sons, Matthew and Jacob.