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COLONEL CHRISTOPHER M. GRUSSENDORF

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Col. Christopher Grussendorf is the Commander,10th Medical Group, and Command Surgeon, U.S. Air Force Academy. Col Grussendorf ensures healthcare for 4,739 cadets, in addition to 19,373 active duty, retirees and their families. He also serves as Deputy Director of the Colorado Military Health System market for more than 217,000 eligible beneficiaries, and ensures deployment preparedness of 700 medics. Before his assignment at the Academy, he served as the 72nd Medical Group Commander, Tinker AFB, Okla., and as the 78th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Commander, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.

Colonel Grussendorf is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He attended Mary Washington College in Virginia where he earned his Bachelor of Science of Biology degree. He attended the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree. He was commissioned in the Air Force during his Family Medicine residency program. His first active duty assignment following medical training was at Little Rock AFB, Ark., where he served as a family physician and flight surgeon. He attended the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health where he served as Chief Resident in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and earned his Master of Public Health degree. He completed a second residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and is dual-board certified. He served as Occupational Medicine Consultant at Edwards AFB, Calif. Colonel Grussendorf later served as the Chief of the Medical Staff and Deputy Medical Group Commander for the 23rd Medical Group, Moody AFB, Ga.  He has deployments as a physician during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is committed to preparing the Joint Warfighter for world-wide contingency operations, and delivering high quality, Trusted Care to our valued beneficiaries.

EDUCATION
1995: Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Mary Washington College, Va. 
1999: Doctor of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Va.
2002: Family Medicine Residency, Chesterfield Family Medicine Residency Program, Va.
2004: Squadron Officer School (BDE) by correspondence
2005: Distinguished Graduate, Aerospace Medicine Primary Course, San Antonio, Texas
2007: Air Command and Staff College (IDE) by correspondence
2008: Master of Public Health, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, Md.
2009: Occupational & Environmental Medicine Residency, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
2012: Air War College (SDE) by correspondence
2013: Joint Operations Medical Management Course (JOMMC)
2015: Inter-agency Institute for Federal Healthcare Executives
2016: Joint Senior Medical Leaders Course (JSMLC)
2017: Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Basic Certificate in Quality & Safety
2018: Military Health System Capstone Course
2018: American Association of Physician Leadership, Certified Physician Executive Capstone Course
2019: Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 1999-May 2002: Resident in Family Medicine, USAFR Financial Aid Program (FAP), Va.
2. August 2002-July 2005: Family Medicine physician and clinic element chief, 314th MDG, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
3. July 2005-June 2007: Flight Surgeon and Deputy Chief of the Medical Staff, 314th MDG, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
4. July 2007-June 2009: Residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine through Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, Md.
5. July 2009-May 2012: Occupational Medicine Consultant, 95th MDG, Edwards AFB, Calif.
6. June 2012-July 2014: Chief of Medical Staff and Deputy Medical Group Commander, 23rd MDG, Moody AFB, Ga.
7. July 2014-August 2016: Commander, 78th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Robins AFB, Ga.
8. August 2016-June 2018: Commander, 72d Medical Group, Tinker AFB, Okla.
9. July 2018-May 2019: Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
10. June 2019-Present: Command Surgeon, USAF Academy; Commander, 10th Medical Group; Deputy Director, Colorado Military Health System market (DHA) 

FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:
Rating: Senior Flight Surgeon
Flight hours: More than 350 hours
Aircraft Flown: C130E/H/J, UH60A/H, F-16D, E8C/A, KC-135R, E3B/C/G, A6B

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit Medal
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Aerial Achievement Award
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with five oak leaf clusters
2013 ACC Chief of the Medical Staff Commitment to Excellence Award

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS:
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)
Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA)
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Residency Advisory Committee
AMSUS Society of Federal Health Professionals
American Association of Physician Leadership, Certified Physician Executive

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Captain: Oct. 30, 1999
Major: July 1, 2005
Lieutenant Colonel: May 30, 2010
Colonel: May 30, 2014