As reported in August, one of the DCOE’s distinguished nurse practitioners, Sean Collins, PhD, UMMS Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Nursing, has been promoted to U.S. Army Reserves Brigadier General (BG) and will serve as a principal advisor to the Pentagon’s Director of Health Affairs on Guard and Reserve matters. BG Collins has served on the forefront of the diabetes epidemic for more than 30 years. He has seen the development of new insulins and other glucose control medicines, better pumps to administer insulin, improved systems for patient self monitoring, and new care management paradigms. Moreover, he’s helped implement those treatment advances for his patients’ benefit. He started as a clinical specialist in dialysis. That work led him to realize that 60% of patients on dialysis had that fate due to either high blood pressure or diabetes, so he redirected his efforts toward prevention. While he sees diabetes patients at the DCOE, General Collins also works on preventing diabetes among military veterans. “In the military, we now focus on healthy life style,” says General Collins, as he champions diabetes prevention among soldiers, returning veterans, and civilians.