Vanhoute retirees after 25 years in the armed services

KINGSFORD – SFC Dinah L. Vanhoute retired from the armed services after 25 years and was honored during a ceremony at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.

Vanhoute has served as a testing officer for the Curriculum and Instructional Standards Office (CISO), Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) at Patrick Air Force Base.

In this position, she provided testing and evaluation for 1,090-plus multi-service students comprised of 15 resident and 19 non-resident courses annually. She analyzed, validated, and continually improved the test bank. In addition, she served as a small group facilitator/instructor for the Equal Opportunity Adviser Course and the Army Service Specific Course.

She is the daughter of Roland and Maria Anderson of Kingsford. Vanhoute has four children and five grandchildren.

She received her bachelor of science degree in 1983 in health and physical education from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, and completed her master of arts degree in human resources in 2014 from Webster University.

Vanhoute also graduated from DEOMI’s Equal Opportunity Adviser Course in 2009. Her military education includes combat medic, emergency medical technician, practical nurse education, renal dialysis, advance trauma life support and critical care nursing.

She has received many awards including the Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 silver OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (2 silver knots), Army Reserves Component Achievement Medal (1 OLC), National Defense Service Medal (2 bronze stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 bronze stars) Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional development Ribbon (numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral 2), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (M device with bronze hour glass), and NATO Medal. Her unit awards include the Meritorious Unit Citation (1 OLC) and the Army Superior Unit Award.

Vanhoute attended basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. and advanced individual training (AIT) at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. Her assignments included 16th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital at Ft. Riley, Kan.; Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; A Co. 232rd Medical Battalion in Ft. Sam Houston, Texas; B Co. 168th Medical Battalion in Yongsan, Korea; Brooke Army Medical Center and the Army Medical Department Center & School at Ft. Sam Houston.

In addition, she was deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 with the 14th Combat Surgical Hospital in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.