VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System
Michael Ojeda | 956-291-9427
Michael Ojeda assumed his current position as VISN 17 Compliance, Privacy, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer in February 2008. Mr. Ojeda previously worked as the Compliance Officer at VA North Texas and held other administrative roles since 2003. Mr. Ojeda has served in a variety of Senior Leadership roles at both VA North Texas Health Care System (Acting Assistant Director for Outpatient Services) and VISN 17 Heart of Texas Health Care Network. He has served as Acting Director and Acting Associate Director at the West Texas Veteran’s Health Care System and El Paso VA Health Care System. Mr. Ojeda is also a graduate of THE VHA Healthcare Leadership Talent Institute’s (HLTI) Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP). He has a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Homero S Martinez | 956-291-9332
Homero S. Martinez III was named Associate Director for VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (VATVCBHCS) in Harlingen, Texas, effective April 3, 2017.
Mr. Martinez joined the Air Force on 22 Apr 1993 and served enlisted until he was accepted to Officer Training School. He received his commission on 12 Jan 2001. Throughout his military career, he worked a variety of programs which include: Operations, Strategic Planning & Implementation, Recruiting, Financial Management, and Financial Services. He also worked for the following organizations: Air Education Training Command, Air Mobility Command, US Transportation Command and Air Combat Command. He was mobilized to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraq Freedom (Dec. 2004 – April 2005). While deployed, he served with the Multi-National Forces, Iraq. Mr. Martinez retired from the Air Force on 30 Apr 2013. Mr. Martinez is a Leadership Veterans Affairs Fellow, and a member of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Mr. Martinez holds an MBA, Bachelors, and Associate Degree. He is also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Eric D Kendle | 956-291-9333
Acting Chief of Staff
Dr. Kendle is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and combat Veteran who served two deployments during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was named the deputy chief of staff in August 2017, and was most recently commissioned to lead the health care system’s SAIL Project for Effects, Actions and Results (SPEAR) team.
Dr. Kendle began his military career with a direct commission into the Arizona Air National Guard in May of 1992. He joined the 162nd Fighter Wing as a general medical officer and then completed the Aerospace Medicine Primary Course in November of 1993 while simultaneously continuing his general surgery residency which he completed in 1996. In 2004, he was one of the first Air National Guard flight surgeons to serve in the Baghdad Expeditionary Medical Support facility (EMEDS) at Sather Air Base. There he served as a flight and trauma surgeon proving the worth and value of Air National Guard flight surgeons in the combat theatre. In 2005, he was selected as the Chief of Aerospace Medicine, 162nd Medical Group. In 2007 he served another tour in Iraq as Chief of Aerospace Medicine at the Sather AB EMEDS. In 2008 his 162nd MDG achieved a score of 98 during a Health Services Inspection, which was the highest score recorded by a medical unit at the time. This same Medical Group later received the Theodore Marrs Award in 2008 for its outstanding provision of medical support for all flying personnel and unit members. In February 2010, he was selected to take command as the 162nd Fighter Wing’s Medical Group commander. He led the Medical Group to Vigilant Guard Guam, a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IX Joint forces mass casualty and disaster preparedness exercise, in August of 2010.