TICONDEROGA Mark S. Wright, RPA-C, was recently recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He is employed by Dr. J. David Bannon, MD, FACS, practicing at 543 Bay Road, Queensbury, and 19 Montcalm St., Ticonderoga. Wright, a lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard, is a physician assistant specializing in orthopedics and flight medicine. He recently completed five years as a medical officer for the Civil Support Team Weapons of Mass Destruction. There he developed and implemented an occupational health program and provided medical support and emergency care to team personnel. He also advised the commander and civilian medical personnel on the treatment of weapons of mass destruction exposures, as well as, helping to integrate the National Disaster Medical System. Wright also practiced at Brunswick Naval Air Station in Maine as an Army APA-C in the Naval Flight Surgeon Section. Upon completion of his tour he was awarded the Army Meritorious Service Medal. His professional accomplishments include being elected as the National Chair for Medical Standards in the Medical Team Working Group\National Guard Bureau Civil Support Teams. Wright also researched on how to develop medical teams for communities vulnerable to natural disasters, terrorist attacks or small rural communities that have high volume tourists traveling into remote areas; specifically, the Special Medical Advanced Reaction Teams. Wright is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine Physician Associate Program and carries a master of science degree in Physician Assistant studies from the Chicago Medical School/University of Health Sciences. He lives in Fort Ann with his wife, Cathy, and their two children.