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Commander Tamara V. Trank was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. She graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in June 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology. She continued her graduate studies at UCLA, earning a Master of Science degree (1992) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree (1996) in physiological science with a specialization in neuroscience. Her dissertation work in the field of neuromotor control of locomotion earned her a "Graduate Women of the Year" award. After completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ, Cmdr. Trank accepted a commission as a lieutenant in the medical service corps (designator 2305; research physiologist) of the U.S. Navy in August 1998.
 
Trank completed officer indoctrination school in Newport, RI in November 1998 where she earned the Lt. Thomas Eadie award for military and academic excellence. Following accession training, Commander Trank reported to Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, CA where she served as a staff scientist and program manager.
 
Cmdr. Trank left active duty in December 2001. As a selected reservist, she served as a patient administration officer in a medical unit attached to Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton where she functioned as the unit's assistant OIC and administration officer. In August 2004, she was recalled to active duty at the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) in Washington D.C. At BUMED, she mobilized medical reservists to support operations in Afghanistan and to backfill CONUS military treatment facilities. In May 2006, she accepted another reserve recall to OPNAV N122 as a manpower analyst where she maintained the billet base for the medical and manpower, personnel, training, and education enterprises. Trank joined the human resources - full time support community (HR-FTS; designator 1207) in August 2008.
 
As a newly minted HR officer, Commander Trank reported to Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Richmond in May 2009 as the enlisted programs officer (EPO). During her tenure as EPO, Richmond earned District of the Year. In 2010, she transitioned to recruiting/operations officer and was responsible for both officer and enlisted recruiting mission. In July 2012, Cmdr. Trank returned to the OPNAV staff as the N131 head, officer accession planner. During this three-year assignment, she developed annual accession plans responsible for commissioning over 12,000 active duty officers and accessing more than 6,000 reserve officers.
 
Trank completed a master of arts degree in national security and strategic studies, with distinction, from the Naval War College in 2007 and a MBA from Webster University in 2008.
 
Personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy Commendation Medals, three Navy Achievement Medals, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Recruiting Service Ribbon, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
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