2019 Sonic Parade Marshals
Introducing the 2019 4th on Broadway Parade Marshals, Lt. General Dr. Bernhard and Mary Beth Mittemeyer. Dr. Mittemeyer is a retired 3-star General and former Surgeon General of the Army.
Before coming to Texas Tech University Health Sciences in 1986, Dr. Mittemeyer served 28 years in the Army, rising to the rank of Lieutenant General and retiring in 1985 as Army Surgeon General, the highest position open to Army physicians.
As Surgeon General of the Army from 1981 to 1985, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Army Medical Department and Senior Medical Staff Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Secretary of the Army.
Other key Army assignments have included: Chief of the Army Medical Corps, Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command in Korea , Division Surgeon and Medical Battalion Commander of the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam.
Dr. Mittemeyer holds numerous military decorations and citations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Army’s highest peacetime award, as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star Medal for valor in combat. Nonmilitary honors include an honorary Doctor of Law from Movarian College, an honorary Doctor of Science from William Jewell College and the Alumni Achievement Award in Health Policy from Temple University School of Medicine.
After retiring from the Army and before coming to the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, he was Senior Vice President and Corporate Medical Director of Whittaker Health Sciences in Los Angeles.
During his 24 years of service at Texas Tech University Health Sciences center, Dr. Mittemeyer served the institution in several key positions. In 1986 he was recruited to the position of Executive Vice President of the Health Sciences Center in which he served for 10 years, during which time he also served as Interim Dean of the School of Medicine for 3 years. In addition, during this period he was also instrumental in establishing the Department of Urology in which he then served as chairman until June of 2005 and then as a faculty member until retirement in 2010. It was also during that time period that he was instrumental in establishing Urological Care for Veterans at the Lubbock Veterans Affairs clinic.
Dr. Mittemeyer currently serves as Professor Emeritus in the Department of Urology at the Texas Tech School of Medicine. He also has been appointed by the President of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center as his special Assistant for Veteran Affairs.