Lead Instructor


Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Kirsten M. Verkamp, MSN, RN

Kirsten Verkamp is a registered nurse with almost 22 years of active duty Air Force service. During her service, Kirsten’s duties ranged from obstetrics, primary care, population health, education and training, and nursing administration.  Kirsten was one of the first volunteers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany to care for USS Cole members in October 2000.  While deployed to Craig Joint Theater hospital at Bagram Afghanistan in 2009, Kirsten cared for countless wounded warriors and was inspired by their passion for the mission and desire to return to their fellow servicemen and women.  Upon return from Afghanistan, Kirsten completed Air Education and Training Command Instructor Training and taught 10 active duty and 3 reserve and guard mid-level nursing leadership courses per year transitioning from Sheppard AFB to the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Medical Education and Training Campus.  She completed her active duty service at Wilford Hall, where her career began.  During her final assignment, Kirsten capitalized on her triad of expertise – nursing, education, and administration – in the Trainee Health Clinic, Trainee Health Surveillance Flight, En Route Patient Staging System, and Basic Operational Medical Cell.  In addition to an honorable Air Force career, Kirsten is blessed with an amazing husband and four children.  She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from West Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.