Brig. Gen. Charles E. Potter is the Director, Manpower, Personnel, and Resources, and Chief of the Medical Service Corps, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Falls Church, Virginia. As Director of Manpower, Personnel and Resources, he advises the Air Force Surgeon General on all aspects of planning, programming, budgeting, and execution for a $42 billion Defense Health Program manpower portfolio, and a $6.2 billion annual budget supporting 2.6 million beneficiaries and 75 military treatment facilities worldwide. He is also responsible for personnel policy, force development and staffing requirements for 43,000 active-duty officer, enlisted and civilian personnel and is responsible for all Air Force medical education and training worldwide. As the Corps Chief, Medical Service Corps, General Potter is the senior health care administrator in the Air Force and responsible for accessions, development and management of 960 health care administrative professionals in the corps.
General Potter was born in Lakewood, New Jersey, and graduated from Toms River High School in 1969. He received his Baccalaureate degree from Nyack College in Nyack, New York, in 1973 and his master’s degree from Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey in 1982. General Potter joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 1980 and received a direct commission as a second lieutenant in the Reserves in 1983. He attended the Health Services Administration Course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, in 1984 and reported to his first active duty assignment in 1985.
1973 Bachelor of Science in Education, Nyack College
1982 Master of Arts in Administration and Supervision, Georgian Court University
1987 Squadron Officer School by correspondence
1990 Squadron Officer School in residence
1996 Air Command and Staff by correspondence
2001 Air War College by seminar
2002 Interagency Institute for Federal Healthcare Executives, George Washington University
2002 - 2003 Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College
2010 Medical Strategic Leadership Program
2012 Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
December 1983 - June 1985, Administrator, 514th Air Force Clinic, U.S. Air Force Reserve, McGuire AFB, N.J.
June 1985 - May 1987, Director, Medical Logistics Management, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
May 1987 - July 1988, Director, Medical Logistics Management, Osan Air Base, South Korea
July 1988 - October 1989, Commander, Medical Squadron Section, Plattsburgh AFB, N.Y.
August 1989 - May 1991, Director, Medical Logistics Management, Plattsburgh AFB, N.Y.
May 1991 - Feb 1994, Instructor, Health Services Administration, Sheppard AFB, Texas
Feb 1994 - Feb 1996, Chief, Medical Logistics, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
Feb 1996 - June 1998, Commander, 66th Medical Support Squadron and Administrator, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
June 1998 - June 2000, Commander, 347th Medical Support Squadron and Administrator, Moody AFB, Ga.
June 2000 - July 2002, Chief Strategic Plans and Programs and Deputy Chief, Medical Support Division, Office of the Command Surgeon, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
July 2002 - June 2003, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
June 2003 - June 2005, Commander, 48th Medical Support Squadron and Administrator, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England
June 2005 - September 2006, Commander, 6th Medical Group, MacDill AFB, Fla.
September 2006 - April 2009, Deputy Command Surgeon, Headquarters Air Combat Command/SG, Langley AFB, Va.
May 2008 – September 2008, Deputy Commander, Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan
April 2009 - April 2012, Director of Staff and Senior Executive, Office for the Surgeon General, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
June 2012 – September 2014, Assistant Surgeon General, Health Care Operations and Chief of the Medical Service Corps, Office of the Surgeon General, Falls Church, Va.
September 2014 – May 2015, Director, Manpower, Personnel and Resources and Chief of the Medical Service Corps, Office of the Surgeon General, Fall Church, Va.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal with seven oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal Air Force Recognition Ribbon
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with oak leaf cluster Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Expert Field Medical Badge
Master Medical Service Corps Badge
2008 Commitment to Excellence Award, Air Combat Command
2012, 2014 Commitment to Excellence Award, Headquarters, U. S. Air Force
2014 American Hospital Association’s Federal Health Care Executive Award for Excellence
1994 Diplomat in the American College of Healthcare Executives
1999 Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Nov. 13, 1984
First Lieutenant Sept. 25, 1986
Captain Sept. 25, 1988
Major Nov. 1, 1995
Lieutenant Colonel April 1, 2000
Colonel Aug. 1, 2004
Brigadier General July 6, 2012
(Current as of June 2015)