Lieutenant Colonel Stephen M. DeLellis, USA
Hero of Military Medicine Honoree
LTC DeLellis serves as the Deputy Command Surgeon for the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) at Fort Bragg, NC. He entered active duty as a Private in 1983. After successful completion of Basic Training, Infantry AIT, and Airborne School at Fort Benning, he served as an Infantryman, Team Leader, Squad Leader, and Battalion Assistant Operations Sergeant for the 1st Bn. 75th Rangers at Hunter AAF, Ga. From 1988 to 1998 LTC DeLellis served as a Team Member and Team Leader in the Army’s Special Missions Unit at Fort Bragg, NC.
Upon graduating from PA School, LTC DeLellis served as the Battalion PA for 3rd Bn. 325th Infantry, 82nd Airborne division, and the Battalion PA for 3rd Bn. 3rd Special Forces Group. From 2004 to 2014 he served as a Squadron PA, Family Medicine Clinic Supervisor, and Deputy Surgeon for the Army’s Special Missions Unit. LTC DeLellis served briefly as the Deputy Surgeon for the XVIII Airborne Corps before moving back to USASOC as the Chief of Medical Training and the Deputy Command Surgeon.
LTC DeLellis’ military education includes Ranger School, Jumpmaster school, Military Freefall School, Military Freefall Jumpmaster School, the Special Forces Qualification Course as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant (18D), High-Risk SERE, IPAP, Emergency Medicine Basic Skills course, Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties course, and Intermediate Level Education (ILE) for AMEDD Officers. LTC DeLellis was selected as an AMEDD Iron Major in 2012.
LTC DeLellis’ awards and decorations include the Expert Field Medical Badge, Combat Medic Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Master Freefall Parachutist Badge, President’s Hundred Tab, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.
Steve has proudly served in Operation Just Cause, Panama, Operation Gothic Serpent, Mogadishu, Somalia, Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti, Operation Deliberate Force, The Balkans, US Embassy Duty, Manila, Philippines, and has participated in eleven rotations in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.