In 2009, Rear Admiral Eleanor Valentin became the third commander of the U.S. Navy Medicine Support Command and was appointed the 16th director–and the first female director–of the Navy Medical Service Corps (MSC). She earned B.S. degrees in zoology and psychology from the University of Washington and a master of public health (health policy and planning) and a master of science in public health (biostatistics) from the University of Hawaii. Rear Admiral Valentin was commissioned a lieutenant junior grade in 1982 and served in administrative officer and department head assignments in the United States and Japan. From 1994 to 1997, she was director for administration at the Naval Medicine Clinic in Pearl Harbor and subsequently became branch head for TRICARE Marketing and Communication.