Commissioned in June 1979, Vice Admiral Bono obtained her baccalaureate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and attended medical school at Texas Tech University. She completed a surgical internship and a General Surgery residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and a Trauma and Critical Care fellowship at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine. Her senior officer assignments include: Executive Assistant to the 35th Navy Surgeon General and Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; Commanding Officer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville; Chief of Staff, Deputy Director Tricare Management Activity; Deputy Director, Medical Resources, Plans and Policy, Chief of Naval Operations; Command Surgeon, U.S. Pacific Command; Director, National Capital Region Medical Directorate, Defense Health Agency and the 11th Chief, Navy Medical Corps. Vice Admiral Bono is a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and has an Executive MBA from the Carson College of Business at Washington State University. Her personal decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal (three), Legion of Merit Medal (four), Meritorious Service Medal (two), and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two).