Captain Bono obtained her baccalaureate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and attended medical school at Texas Tech University. Commissioned in June 1979, she was selected for a surgical internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in 1983. She continued her training at Portsmouth until completing her residency in General Surgery, followed by a Trauma and Critical Care Fellowship at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia.
Shortly after her training, Captain Bono saw duty in Operations DESERT SHIELD and STORM as Head of Casualty Receiving, Fleet Hospital Five in Saudi Arabia from August 1990 to March 1991. Upon returning, she was stationed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and held a variety of staff positions including staff surgeon in the General Surgery Department, and surgical intensivist in the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit. During this time, she also served as an Attending Surgeon at the Burn Trauma Unit at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Her various appointed duties included Division Head of Trauma, Head of the Ambulatory Procedures Department (APD), Chair of the Laboratory Animal Care and Use Committee, Assistant Head of the Clinical Investigations and Research Department, Chair of the Medical Records Committee, and Command Intern Coordinator. She has also served as the Specialty Leader for Intern Matters to the Surgeon General.
In September 1999, she was assigned first, as the Director of Surgical Services and then as the Director of Restorative Care at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD during the Command’s reorganization to service line health care delivery. Her assignment at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery from September 2001 to December 2002 was as the Medical Corps Career Planning Officer for the Chief of the Medical Corps. She returned to the National Naval Medical Center in January 2003 as the Director for Prevention and Wellness where she was directly responsible for the delivery of health services in the areas of Primary Care, Women’s and Children’s Health, Behavioral Health and Disease Management. With the re-organization of the clinical services in May 2003, she was re-assigned as the Director for Medical–Surgical Services, which encompassed all specialty care in the medical and surgical areas.
She served as the Executive Assistant to the Navy Surgeon General at the Bureau of Medicine Surgery August 2004 through August 2005 which oversees the Navy Medicine healthcare enterprise. Following that, she reported to Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida as the commanding officer of the Navy’s fourth largest Military Treatment Facility from August 2005 to August 2008. She reported in September 2008 to TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) as Chief of Staff, Deputy Director, TMA.
In addition to being a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, Captain Bono is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. Her personal decorations included three Legion of Merit Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, and two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals.