Pharmacist Tammy Karamarinov began her career with the U.S. Air Force in 1996 when she assumed the position of Officer in Charge of the inpatient/outpatient pharmacy in San Antonio, Texas. In that role, she oversaw day-to-day operations of the pharmacy and its 85 employees. After just one year of service, Tammy Karamarinov received a promotion to First Lieutenant, and in 1999, she earned the title of Captain and won the Air Force Commendation Medal. Tammy Karamarinov’s next assignment took her to Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, where she served as Flight Commander of the clinic pharmacy. She supervised 12 employees and ran two of the pharmacy’s locations.
Ms. Karamarinov regularly consulted with providers regarding patient medications, and she won the Air Force Commendation Medal again in 2002. In 2002, Tammy Karamarinov returned to the States and took the role of Chief of the Inpatient Pharmacy for the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. In that position, she oversaw the work of 23 employees, acted as element leader, and received a great deal of recognition. She was named AFMC Company Grade Pharmacist of the Year in 2002 and AFMC Field Grade Pharmacist of the Year in 2005. Additionally, Tammy Karamarinov earned a promotion to Major in 2005 and received the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal. At Tammy Karamarinov’s next post in Colorado Springs, she served as Flight Commander of the pharmacy and provided support to five different locations. She oversaw 31 employees and received the Meritorious Service Medal for the second time in 2008.
Tammy Karamarinov retired from the Air Force in 2008 and took part in a ceremony honoring her, which was held in Abingdon, Virginia, at Greenway Haven. The University of Tennessee Honor Guard posted its colors and presented a flag-folding ceremony to celebrate Tammy Karamarinov’s years of outstanding service to her country. Today Tammy Karamarinov serves as a pharmacist at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, where she works with inpatients to prepare their intravenous feeding programs, a practice known as total parenteral nutrition. In addition, she consults with providers regarding medication therapy for patients. She recently presented a seminar on trauma and mass-casualty situation response at a Joint Forces Pharmacy Seminar held in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Ms. Karamarinov holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from The University of Oklahoma, where she made the Dean's list for three yea