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Colonel DR. REID N. ORTH

Colonel Reid N. Orth is the Commander, 62d Medical Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Air Force Base, WA. He is responsible for overseeing all Air Force Medical capabilities in support of the 62nd Airlift Wing in executing rapid global mobility. His unit, encompassing flight medicine, optometry, bioenvironmental engineering, public health, aerospace physiology and health promotion, works with U.S. Army counterparts to ensure the readiness of 4,000 Airmen. In addition to being the commander of the 62d Medical Squadron, Colonel Orth also serves as a Director of the Puget Sound Military Health System.

Prior to this assignment, he served as the 4th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron Commander, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., overseeing operational and expeditionary medical readiness in the disciplines of Bioenvironmental Engineering, Dentistry, Flight and Operational Medicine, Human Performance, Mental Health, Optometry, Physical Therapy and Public Health. He is responsible for the overall training, development, readiness and performance of 141 medical personnel caring for 4th Fighter Wing’s 4,750 active duty personnel. He is the Lead Wing Surgeon for 4th Fighter Wing’s Agile Combat Employment. During this assignment he deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, as flight surgeon for 335th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and 380th Expeditionary Medical Group supporting Operations SPARTAN SHIELD and INHERENT RESOLVE.

Colonel Orth also served as Commander, 8th Medical Operations Squadron, 8th Medical Group, 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea in a squadron of 86 members for over 2,800 active duty personnel. He served as the Military Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Washington, D.C., formulating and coordinated on urgent national security and policy challenges facing the Department of Defense. Also while serving in OSD, he was the Special Assistant for Biodefense guiding global health engagement and overseeing the Department’s creation of bioweapon prevention/counter proliferation/response policies. He served as the Emergency Medicine physician on the Special Operations Surgical Team/Special Operations Critical Care Evacuation Team providing battlefield surgery and critical care in Afghanistan and the Republic of Niger. He has served as an Emergency Medicine Physician in Alabama, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. In prior assignments, he served as a biotechnology branch chief, biomedical engineer, assistant professor, developmental engineer, booster systems engineer, and spacecraft systems engineer.

EDUCATION
1994 Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. 1994 Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. 1997 Master of Science, Engineering Management, West Coast University, Santa Barbara, Calif.
2000 Master of Science, Biomedical Engineering (Nanotechnology emphasis), Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
2000 Squadron Officer’s School, Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB), Ala. (By correspondence and in residence)
2003 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. (By correspondence)
2003 Doctor of Philosophy, Biomedical Engineering (Nanotechnology emphasis), Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
2009 Doctor of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
2013 Graduate, Emergency Medicine Residency, New York Presbyterian Hospitals of Columbia and Cornell, N.Y.
2015 Master of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Md.
2018 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. (By correspondence)
2020 Certified Physician Executive, American Association of Physician Leaders, Washington, D.C.

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. September 1994 - June 1997, Spacecraft Systems Engineer, Booster Systems Engineer, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
  2. June 1997 - June 2000, Asst Prof of Aerospace Studies, Commandant of Cadets, ROTC Det 520, Cornell U., Ithaca, N.Y.
  3. June 2000 - May 2003, Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University Ithaca, N.Y.
  4. May 2003 - July 2005, Branch Chief, Biotechnology Division, AF Technical Application Center, Patrick AFB, Fla.
  5. July 2005 - June 2009, Doctor of Medicine, University of TX Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Tex.
  6. June 2009 - June 2013, Emergency Medicine Residency Program, New York Presbyterian Hospital, NYC, N.Y.
  7. June 2013 - June 2015, Emergency Physician, 720 Operational Support Squadron, 24th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, FL. (May 2014 - Nov 2014, Emergency Physician, Special Operations Surgical Team, 21st Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan)
  8. June 2015 - January 2018, Special Assistant for Biodefense, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Wash., D.C.
  9. January 2018 - June 2018, MilitaryAssistant, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, OSD, Pentagon,Wash., D.C.
  10. June 2018 - June 2019, Commander, 8th Medical Operations Squadron, 8th Medical Group, Kunsan AB, Rep. of Korea
  11. June 2019 - December 2019, Commander, 4th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, 4th Medical Group, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
  12. December 2019 - June 2021, Commander, 4th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, 4th Medical Group, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC (Jan 2021 - Feb 2021, Flt Surg, 335th EFS & 380th EMDG, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates)
  13. July 2021 - Present, Commander, 62nd Medical Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Air Force Base, Wash.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Flight Surgeon
Flight Hours: 248 aircrew hours including 173 combat flying hours; and 37 additional hours in private pilot program
Aircraft: F-15E, F-16, E-3, EC-130, and 7 other aircraft

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with two oak leaf clusters
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star device

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
Right of Line Award (Top Air Force ROTC Detachment in the Nation), 1998
Lance P. Sijan nominee for Air Force Officer Accession and Training Schools, 1999
Northeast Region Air Force ROTC Company Grade Officer of the Year, 1999
Air Force ROTC Commandant of Cadets of the Year, 2000
National Defense Industrial Association Colonel Leo A. Codd Memorial Award, 2000
Paul Brand International Medicine Internship, 2009
American Association of Physician Leaders Capstone Scholarship, 2020

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Board Certified, American College of Emergency Medicine
Certified Physician Executive, American Association of Physician Leaders
Fellow, American College of Emergency Medicine
Alternate Delegate, American Medical Association Section Council on Emergency Medicine, 2012-Present
Vice Chair, American Medical Association-Medical Student Section, 2007-2009

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant, July 25, 1994
First Lieutenant, July 25, 1996
Captain, July 25, 1998
Major, Jan. 15, 2005
Second Lieutenant, Aug. 1, 2005 (Re-commissioned in the Medical Service Corps upon medical school)
Major, Oct. 3, 2009
Lieutenant Colonel, Oct. 3, 2015
Colonel, July 1, 2021

(Current as of August 2021)