By Arvin Temkar, UCSF News
An outpatient clinic at Fort Sam Houston Army base in San Antonio has been named the Captain Jennifer M. Moreno Primary Care Clinic, honoring the USF nursing alumna who was killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2013.
First Lt. Jennifer Moreno ’10 was part of an elite special operations team that built relationships with women in Iraq and Afghanistan. She died in a bomb explosion, while running to help wounded soldiers. The 25-year-old was posthumously promoted to captain and awarded a Bronze Star with valor and a Purple Heart.
A ribbon cutting ceremony for the renamed clinic, formerly the Fort Sam Houston Primary Care Clinic, was held on July 24. The clinic features a bronze plaque outside the main entrance with Moreno’s picture. Inside the building is a display case holding some of Moreno’s personal effects and awards, including her USF nursing and ROTC patches.
“It hurts to lose a dear friend, but I am honored and ecstatic that for as long as that clinic stands people will hear of Jenny’s story,” said Cpt. Ryan Bautista ’08, a USF friend and mentor. “With the clinic having around 3,000 outpatient visits daily, that many people will be saying, ‘I’m heading over to the Moreno Clinic.’ That, in itself, is both unreal and beautiful.”
Fort Sam Houston, where Moreno completed basic training, is the headquarters for the Army Medical Command and the Army Medical Department Center and School.
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