56th Medical Group

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56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron

Mission: Support 56th Fighter Wing flying, training and deployment mission through superior aeromedical, optometric, occupational, environmental and preventive medicine programs

Demographics: There are 59 military active-duty personnel, six civilians and four contractors

Leadership

Commander: Col. Robert Craig-Gray

Squadron superintendent: Senior Master Sgt. Oluwasina Awolusi

Responsibilities: The Aerospace Medicine Squadron mission is to support the flying, training and deployment mission of the 56th FW. Our primary mission is to provide routine medical care to the base flying population, their dependents and other special-duty personnel. Personnel eligible for medical care include pilots, navigators, air traffic controllers, flight engineers, and their dependents along with any others who hold a 2992 clearance to fly/control/jump and are assigned to special operational duties. We have five flight surgeons, one aerospace physiologist, and 46-plus specialized support staff. This also includes public health, bioenvironmental engineering, optometry, and health promotions support for Luke aeromedical, occupational, environmental, and preventive medicine programs.

Fun facts: The 56th AMDS has two consecutive AETC Team Aerospace of the Year awards.

56th Medical Operations Squadron

Mission: Ensures medical readiness of the human weapon’s system for the Air Force’s largest

fighter wing while seamlessly providing patient-centered care with Airmen and families to keep them healthy for life and ready to support the mission

Demographics: There are 224 active-duty and civilian members

Leadership

Commander: Col. Stephen Boden

Superintendent: Chief Master Sgt. Rochelle Hemingway

Responsibilities: The medical operations squadron provides comprehensive medical care to 5,500 uniformed personnel and 88,000 eligible beneficiaries by promoting health, maintaining wellness and minimizing the impact of illness. The family health, medical services, surgical services and mental health flights support more than 140,000 ambulatory visits and 500 patient surgeries annually.

Fun facts: MDOS is home to the Air Force Association 2016 Paul Meyer Outstanding Physician Award winner.

56th Medical Support Squadron

Mission: We exist to provide seamlessly integrated support through excellent patient care

Demographics: There are 180 active-duty, civilian and contract members

Leadership

Commander: Lt. Col. Virgil Scott

Superintendent: Senior Master Sgt. Kristie Gonyea

Responsibilities: Ensures ready fighting forces by providing administrative, financial, data analysis, management, and therapeutic services essential to health promotion and healthcare for 5,500 military personnel and 85,000 eligible beneficiaries. Prepares wing personnel for expeditionary operations to support global missions. Supports 194,000 annual patient visits in an integrated $100 million managed care environment.

Fun facts: MDSS is a multidisciplinary team of specialty codes making it the most diverse squadron in the wing.

56th Dental Squadron

Mission: To promote safety and wellness, ensure mission-ready forces, and unleash great dental care

Demographics: There are 42 active-duty and civilian members

Leadership

Commander: Lt. Col. Marie-Antonette Brancato

Superintendent: Senior Master Sgt. Kari Boyles

Responsibilities: The dental squadron provides annual examinations, prophylaxis, routine and specialty care to our tri-service active-duty population. We strive to ensure all active-duty members are dental deployment ready.

Fun facts: In early America, blacksmiths often served as dentists. How about a tooth filling to go with your new horse shoes?