COL Kral began his military career by enlisting in the Georgia Army National Guard (GAARNG) in 1984. Following 5 years of service with the 151st MI Battalion in Atlanta, GA, COL Kral graduated from North Georgia College in 1989 with a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) and was subsequently commissioned a 2LT in the United States Army Medical Service Corps. His military training includes the AMEDD Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Joint Medical Planners Course, Combined Arms Staff Support School, Resident Command and General Staff College, and the Combat Developer Course. He holds a Master’s of Science in Management of Technology (MSMOT) from University of Texas San Antonio and is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps with Level 3 certification in IM/IT.
COL Kral’s first Active Duty assignment was to the 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, TX where he served 3 years as Ambulance and Treatment Platoon Leader in C/502nd FSB, Tiger Brigade, including 9 months attached to 2nd Marine Division during Operations Desert Shield/Storm. Additional assignments include Chief Administrator, Yongsan Healh Clinic, Seoul, Korea; Commander, 560th Medical Company (GA), Camp Humphreys, Korea; Instructor, Officer Basic Course, Fort Sam Houston, TX; Chief, Information Management Division, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Executive Officer, Western Region Dental Command, Fort Lewis, WA; G6, 30th Medical Brigade, Heidelberg, GE and Baghdad, Iraq; Chief, Medical Information Systems Division, Directorate of Combat Doctrine Development, Fort Sam Houston, TX and AMEDD Chief Technology Officer (CTO), MEDCOM CIO/G6, Fort Sam Houston, TX, and AMEDD Capability Manager for Operational Communications and IM/IT, MEDCOM CIO/G6, Fort Sam Houston, TX. He currently serves as the Director for Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), MRMC, Fort Detrick, MD.
COL Kral’s Operational deployments include Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
COL Kral’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (2nd Award), Meritorious Service Medal (6th Award), ARCOM (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal, the Combat Medical Badge, the Expert Field Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He also holds the Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3) from the Army Medical Department.