U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – An Air Force colonel who oversaw the medical evacuation of thousands of refugees from Afghanistan last year became the U.S. Air Force Academy’s senior physician June 16.
Col. Thomas Stamp, a 1996 Academy graduate, took command of the 10th Medical Group from Col. Christopher Grussendorf in a ceremony in front of the medical clinic on Academy Drive.
“I feel humbled, honored and determined,” Stamp said during the ceremony. “I’m determined to live up to the expectations of our incredible medical staff and beneficiaries.”
One of Stamp’s last assignments before reporting to the Academy was commander of the 455th Expeditionary Medical Group and Combined Task Force Medical at Bagram Air Field and Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan.
Grussendorf leaves the Academy for San Antonio, Texas, to serve as Air Education and Training Command's surgeon general.
The 10th Medical Group provides healthcare services to 65,000 beneficiaries, including the Academy's 4,000 cadets.
(Click here to see more photos of the change of command ceremony taken by Joshua Armstrong)