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COLONEL STEVEN R. WARD

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Colonel Steven R. Ward is the Commander of the 366th Medical Group, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Colonel Ward leads a staff of over 350 personnel providing urgent care and multi-specialty outpatient clinic services supporting a patient population of 19,300 and directly enabling the 366th Fighter Wing’s F-15E Strike Eagle mission. As Chief Executive Officer for the Medical Group, he executes a $151 million dollar enterprise of operational budgets, facilities, war reserve materials, and contracts.

Colonel Ward received his commission in 1994 from the United States Air Force Academy. He received his Doctorate of Medicine degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 1998, and completed the USAF Aerospace Medicine Primary course in 1999. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia in 2007 and is board certified in Emergency Medicine. Colonel Ward graduated from the Eisenhower School in 2014 with a Master’s of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy and was the first-ever graduate of National Defense University’s concentration in Health Strategy.

Colonel Ward has served for over 18 years as an Air Force flight surgeon and emergency medicine physician. He has a wealth of deployment experience including OSW, ONW, bare base establishment and early combat rescue operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and far-forward critical care transport operations in OEF-P. In 2016, Colonel Ward deployed for a year as the lead advisor to the Afghan Air Force Surgeon General, successfully partnering to build the Afghan national medical evacuation system—this system moved over 9,800 wounded Afghans during 2016. In 2002 he was selected as the ACC Flight Surgeon of the Year. Additionally, he led a small team focused on improving SOF wounded warrior care that garnered AFSOC’s 2012 Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award nomination, and also led a small team focused on reducing injury and increasing human performance in Security Forces that garnered the AMC’s 2015 Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award nomination. Since 1999 he has served the Fighter, Tanker/Airlift, Rescue, Special Operations, and Joint Communities in several capacities including Fighter Squadron SME, Pararescue Medical Director, OIC of Special Operations Forward Surgical Teams, Special Tactics Group & Wing Surgeon, Aerospace Medicine Squadron Commander, and has twice served the Joint Community as a Command Surgeon.

EDUCATION
1994 Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
1998 Doctor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
2001 Squadron Officers School, by correspondence
2004 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2007 Residency in Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
2012 Air War College, by correspondence
2014 Masters of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy, Eisenhower School, NDU, Washington DC


ASSIGNMENTS
1. Jun 1998 - Jul 1999, Surgical Intern, Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center, San Antonio, TX
2. Aug 1999 - Sept 2001, Flight Surgeon 1st AMDS/71st Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB, VA
3. Sept 2001 - May 2004, Flight Surgeon/PJ Med Director 38th Rescue Squadron, Moody AFB, GA
4. Jun 2004 - Jul 2007, Emergency Medicine resident, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
5. Jul 2007 - Mar 2009, Emergency Medicine physician, Special Ops Surgical Team, Hurlburt Field, FL
6. Mar 2009 - Dec 2010, Flight Surgeon, 1st Special Ops Aerospace Medicine Sqdn, Hurlburt Field, FL
7. Dec 2010 - Jun 2012, Group Surgeon, 720th Special Tactics Group, Hurlburt Field, FL
8. Jun 2012 - Jul 2012, Wing Surgeon, 24th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, FL
9. Jul 2012 - Aug 2013, Command Surgeon, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington DC
10. Aug 2013 - Jul 2014, Student SDE in-residence, Eisenhower School, NDU, Ft. McNair, Washington DC
11. Jul 2014 - Apr 2016, Commander, 92d Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Fairchild AFB, WA (dual-hatted as
Deputy Commander, 92d Medical Group from Jul 2015-Apr 2016)
12. Apr 2016 – Apr 2017, Command Surgeon TAAC-Air & Afghan Air Force SG Advisor, 438 AEW, Afghanistan
13. June 2017 – Present, Commander, 366th Medical Group, Mountain Home AFB, ID

JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
July 2012-Aug 2013, Command Surgeon, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington DC
April 2016—Present, Command Surgeon TAAC-Air & Afghan Air Force SG Advisor, 438 AEW, Afghanistan

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Senior Flight Surgeon; Basic Parachutist; Diving Medical Officer
Flight hours: 690 (incl. 275 combat & 53 combat support); 22 Jumps; 32 Military Dives
Aircraft flown: F-15, F-16, UH-1, HH-60G, Mi-17, CV-22, C-130, AC-130, E-3, KC-135, C-21, C-208, A-29

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters and “V” device
National Defense Service Medal (one bronze star device)
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
2002 Air Combat Command Flight Surgeon of the Year
2012 Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award: Air Force Special Operations Command Nominee (Team Leader)
2105 Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award: Air Mobility Command Nominee (Team Leader)

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Jun 1994
Captain Apr 1998
Major Apr 2004
Lieutenant Colonel Apr 2010
Colonel Apr 2016

(Current as of August 2017)