1st Medical Recruiting Battalion Commander

Lt. Col. Merbin Carattini

Lt. Col. Merbin Carattini is the Battalion Commander for 1st Medical Recruiting Battalion. His previous assignment the Executive Officer to the Deputy Commanding General for Operations, U.S. Army Medical Command, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. He also was assigned as the Chief of Commanding General’s Strategy and Innovations Group in the U.S. Army Regional Health Command - Pacific, as well as, duties as the Special Assistant to the CEO of the Hawaii Enhanced Multi-Service Market, Command Surgeon for U.S. Army Pacific, and 18th Chief of the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps.

Previously, Carattini was the Executive Officer, Deputy Commanding General for the U.S. Army Pacific Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii where he served as the catalyst between U.S. Army Pacific Command with Department of the Army, USPACOM, USPACOM Service Components, International Allies and subordinate commands. His formative assignments include: Senior Strategy Planner, at U.S. Army Pacific Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii; Support Operations Officer, 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he led all the external medical support to the 82nd Infantry Division (ABN) and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 10 and transitioned to Operation New Dawn; Commander, U.S. Army Air Ambulance Detachment at Joint Task Force Bravo, Soto Cano, Honduras; Chief of Current Operations, 44th Medical Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Operations Officer, 57th Air Ambulance Company, Fort Bragg North Carolina, in which he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom 1, 3, and 5 and the Executive Officer and Platoon Leader, C/210th Forward Support Battalion, Fort Drum, New York.

Carattini is a graduate of the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course (Flight School), Army Medical Department Captains Career Course, Command and General Staff College, School for Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) and the Joint HQDA Strategic Studies Seminar in the United Kingdom.

Carattini is a Distinguished Military Graduate and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and his commission from University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. He holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Degree and Organizational Leadership from Webster University, Saint Louis Missouri, a Masters in Military Arts and Sciences Degree – General Studies from the Command and General Staff College, Fort Benning, Georgia, and a Masters in Military Arts and Sciences in Theater Operations and Operational Art from the School for Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is a member of the distinguished Order of Military Medical Merit and Order of Saint Michael.

Carattini’s awards, decorations, and honors include the Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Medal (Numeral 2), Army Commendation Medal with (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster). He has earned the Combat Medical Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Senior Army Aviator Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

Carattini is married to Maritere, and they have three children. Gianel (17), Andres (14) and Mia (6).