Captain John C. Maitha enlisted for military service as a combat medic in 2002. He volunteered and was selected for service with the 75th Ranger Regiment and received follow on medical training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. CPT Maitha served in 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment as a platoon medic, company senior medic, and medical platoon sergeant where he deployed nine times in support of Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Additionally, he served on the 75th Ranger Regimental staff as the Medical Force Modernization NCO (Non Commissioned Officer).
CPT Maitha earned a Bachelor and a Master of Science degrees in Physician Assistant Studies from the Interservice Physician Assistant Program in San Antonio, Texas, and then commissioned as an officer in 2016. He served as an Aeromedical Physician Assistant in 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment located at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. Then he was assessed and selected to serve as the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment Physician Assistant where he deployed three times in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He is currently the Field Craft Training Officer in Charge at the Combat Medic Specialist Training Program, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.
CPT Maitha’s military education includes the Senior Leader Course, Basic Officer Leader Course, Captains Career Course, Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties, Medical Effects of Ionizing Radiation course, Army Flight Surgeon Course (Long), Tactical Combat Medicine Course, Jumpmaster School, Ranger School, Special Operations Combat Medic Course and Airborne School.
CPT Maitha’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with V device (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Bronze Star Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Medical Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Army Basic Flight Surgeon Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge.
He is happily married with four children.
Acknowledgments: This biography was written by CPT John Maitha and was submitted to the Society in April 2023. Photographs are courtesy of CPT Maitha.
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