Defense Health Agency
DHA Seal
ActiveOctober 1, 2013
Part ofMilitary Health System (MHS)
Garrison/HQFalls Church, Virginia
DirectorLTG Telita Crosland
Deputy DirectorDr. Michael P. Malanoski
Distinctive unit insignia worn by U.S. Army element
Shoulder sleeve insignia worn by U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force elements

The Defense Health Agency (DHA) is a joint, integrated combat support agency that enables the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force medical services to provide a medically ready force and ready medical force to Combatant Commands in both peacetime and wartime. The DHA is in charge of integrating clinical and business operations across the MHS and facilitates the delivery of integrated and reasonably priced health care to MHS clients.

The DHA’s global workforce of almost 140,000 civilians and military personnel provides medical services to tricare beneficiaries and their dependents.


The United States Department of Defense established the DHA as part of a larger effort meant to reorganize its health care programs and services. The reorganization was based in part on the recommendations of a task force that issued a report on the management of U.S. military health care in 2011.[1] Under the old system, many aspects of military health care were managed by the individual armed services (Army, Navy, and Air Force).[2][3]


The organizational structure of the Defense Health Agency.

The DHA operates under the authority and oversight of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. Assistant Secretary Jonathan Woodson, M.D., established the DHA's organizational structure, including six directorates (see organization chart, right).[4]

National Capital Region Medical Directorate

The National Capital Region Medical Directorate is a medical directorate within the DHA.[1]

Education & Training Directorate

Medical Education and Training Campus
See: Medical Education and Training Campus § Academics

List of directors

No. Director Term Service branch
Portrait Name Took office Left office Term length
Douglas J. Robb
Robb, Douglas J.Lieutenant General
Douglas J. Robb
October 1, 2013November 2, 20152 years, 32 days
U.S. Air Force
Raquel C. Bono
Bono, Raquel C.Vice Admiral
Raquel C. Bono
(born 1957)
November 2, 2015[5]September 4, 20193 years, 306 days
U.S. Navy
Ronald J. Place
Place, Ronald J.Lieutenant General
Ronald J. Place
September 4, 2019[6]January 3, 20233 years, 121 days
U.S. Army
Telita Crosland
Crosland, TelitaLieutenant General
Telita Crosland
January 3, 2023[7]Incumbent1 year, 21 days
U.S. Army

See also


  1. ^ a b Basu, Sandra. "AF General Named to Head Defense Health Agency in New MHS Governance Model." Archived December 26, 2013, at the Wayback Machine U.S. Medicine. July 2013.
  2. ^ Traynor, Kate. "Defense Health Agency Makes Its Debut." Archived December 26, 2013, at the Wayback Machine American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. December 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "Defense Health Agency - About TMA". Archived from the original on December 13, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2017.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) on the website
  4. ^ "About DHA" page Archived December 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine on the website
  5. ^ "DHA Change". November 2, 2015.
  6. ^ Gilbert, Jackie (September 4, 2019). "Lt. Gen. Ronald Place becomes third DHA Director".
  7. ^ "Major General Telita Crosland (USA)". General Officer Management Office. Retrieved December 12, 2022.