Major General Mary E. Link received her direct commission in the Army Nurse Corps in 1983, and has served in a variety of clinical and staff positions throughout her career.
While on active duty, MG Link served as an Emergency Room nurse at Fort Ord, CA, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. As a traditional Army Reservist, her assignments took her to Fort Snelling, MN; Brooke Army Medical Center on Fort Sam Houston, TX; and the Army Reserve Personnel Command in St. Louis, MO. In these assignments, MG 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.
MG Link’s Active Guard Reserve assignments include Career Manager and Branch Chief for the Nurse Branch with Army Reserve Personnel Command, and Deputy Director of the Health Services Directorate at Human Resources Command in St. Louis, MO. In 2004, she was assigned as Assistant Director for Reserve and Medical Manpower with the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness), at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Following that assignment, MG Link was selected to be the Commander, U.S. Army Medical Department Professional Management Command in Morrow, GA. Next, she served as the Army Reserve Senior Staff Nurse for U.S. Army Medical Command at Fort Sam Houston, TX.
MG Link deployed as Commander of 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support) at Operational Command Post Forward on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait from 2010 to 2011, and served as Deputy Surgeon of Clinical Operations for the Office of Chief Army Reserve in Washington, DC until her completion of duties under the AGR program. In 2012, MG Link was selected for a dual-hatted assignment to serve as the Army Reserve Medical Command’s Deputy Commanding General while also serving as the Assistant Surgeon General for Mobilization Readiness and Army Reserve Affairs, an Individual Mobilization Augmentee position, at the Office of the Surgeon General.
In 2015, MG Link was selected to command Army Reserve Medical Command, an organization comprised of more than 8,000 personnel located at units throughout the nation which provide trained, equipped and ready, skill-rich Citizen-Soldiers to meet medical requirements across a full spectrum of military operations.
Her military awards include the Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), 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 capacity, MG Link served as Program Manager for Public Health Division of Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Virginia. MG Link retired from her civilian position on November 24th, 2018.
A native of Ravenna, Nebraska, MG Link graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education and received 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 and CAPSTONE.