Colonel Wendi Waits was born in Portland, Oregon, and calls Oregon and California home. She received her bachelor’s degree and commission from the United States Military Academy in 1994. She received her doctorate in medicine from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in 1998 and completed a psychiatry residency at the National Capital Consortium (NCC) in 2002.
Her military assignments have included the following: 2ID Division Psychiatrist, Camp Casey, Korea; Assistant Chief and subsequently Chief of Inpatient Psychiatry, Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC), Honolulu, HI; Chief of Behavioral Health Services, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Director for Behavioral Health, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (FBCH), Fort Belvoir, VA; and Chief of Adolescent Inpatient Behavioral Health, FBCH. COL Waits has served as the Director for Behavioral Health, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNNMC), since July 2018.
Colonel Waits deployed to Iraq in 2006, where she served as Fitness Section Leader, 1972nd Combat Operational Stress Control (COSC) detachment, and to Afghanistan in 2010, where she served as Clinical Operations (CLINOPS) OIC, 254th COSC detachment. She has supervised interns, residents, and other trainees as a member of the academic faculty at TAMC, Schofield Barracks, FBCH, and WRNNMC and has been an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. COL Waits is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at USUHS, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit, and a recipient of the MEDCOM “A” Designator.
Colonel Waits’ military education includes the AMEDD Officer Basic Course, the AMEDD Officer Advanced Course, and the Command and General Staff College Intermediate Level Education core course. Her awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 award), Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal (1 award), Army Commendation Medal (4 awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal (1 award), Army Achievement Medal (3 awards), National Defense Service Medal (1 service star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (5 awards), and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal. Her badges include the Air Assault Badge and the Army Physical Fitness Badge.