|BRIGADIER GENERAL (DR.) KORY CORNUM|
Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Kory Cornum is the Commander, 81st Medical Group, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. He is also the senior market manager for TRICARE's Gulf Coast Multi-Service Market, which includes five military medical facilities stretching from Mobile, Ala., to New Orleans, and he is a co-lead for the Biloxi Department of Defense/Veterans Administration joint venture centers of excellence initiative. As commander, the general is responsible for the direct delivery of health care at the Keesler AFB hospital and clinics while coordinating the health care for all joint service warfighters, military retirees and their family members along the Gulf Coast. He ensures that all Keesler medics are ready for both combat missions and humanitarian medical responses. General Cornum directs five graduate medical education programs, eight enlisted training programs and a clinical research laboratory. He leads more than 1,850 health-care professionals and manages a local budget of more than $80 million. In addition, General Cornum is the federal coordinator for the Gulf Coast National Disaster Medical System.
General Cornum is a 1980 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He served in a variety of assignments before attending medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. Following an internship at Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews AFB, Md., he served as a flight surgeon in special operations and the fighter community. While assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla., he deployed in support of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The general was selected as the 1990 Tactical Air Command Flight Surgeon of the Year for his work at Eglin AFB and in Southwest Asia. He then served as a research scientist for two years at Brooks AFB, Texas, studying pilot fatigue and the high-G environment.
General Cornum completed orthopedic residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas, in 1999 and served as an orthopedic surgeon at installations in North Carolina. In July 2001 he transferred to Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., and served as the National Defense University Command Surgeon. His commands include the 435th Medical Squadron at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, and the 1st Fighter Wing Hospital, Langley AFB, Va. Prior to his current assignment, General Cornum was the Air Combat Command Surgeon where he was responsible for organizing, training and equipping 6,500 combat-ready medical personnel at three hospitals and nine clinics.
1980 Bachelor's degree in biology, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1986 Doctor of Medicine and Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md.
1984 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1999 Orthopedic residency, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas
2001 Air War College, by correspondence
2003 Master's degree in national security strategy, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1. July 1980 - June 1981, assistant football coach, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2. June 1981 - July 1982, research biologist, Brooks AFB, Texas
3. July 1982 - June 1986, student, USUHS, Bethesda, Md.
4. July 1986 - June 1987, transitional intern, Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews AFB, Md.
5. September 1987 - July 1988, flight surgeon, 20th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
6. July 1988 - July 1993, flight surgeon, 58th Fighter Squadron, and surgeon, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla. (August 1990 - March 1991, flight surgeon, 33rd Fighter Wing, Southwest Asia)
7. July 1993 - July 1995, research scientist, Brooks AFB, Texas
8. July 1995 - June 1999, orthopedic resident, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas
9. July 1999 - July 2001, orthopedic surgeon, Fort Bragg, Seymour Johnson AFB, and Pope AFB, N.C.
10. July 2001 - August 2002, Command Surgeon, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
11. August 2002 - June 2003, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
12. July 2003 - June 2005, Commander, 435th Medical Squadron, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany
13. July 2005 - August 2007, Commander, 1st Medical Group, Langley AFB, Va.
14. August 2007 - April 2010, Command Surgeon, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
15. April 2010 - present, Commander, 81st Medical Group, Keesler AFB, Miss.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 1999 - July 2001, orthopedic surgeon, Fort Bragg, N.C., as a lieutenant colonel
2. July 2001 - August 2002, Command Surgeon, National Defense University, Washington, D.C., as a colonel
Rating: Chief flight surgeon
Flight hours: More than 1,000
Aircraft flown: F-15, F-15E, F-16, F-14, F-18, F-4, F-5, GR-1, U-2, B-1, B-2, B-52, C-5, C-17, C-21, C-141, C-130, KC-10, KC-135, C-137, C-9, C-12, AC-130, AH-64, MH-60, UH-1, AB-212, H-3, MH-53, HH-60OH-58, AH-1, N-262, TH-55, T-1, T-4, T-6B, T/AT-38, E-3C and E-8C
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal
1990 Command Flight Surgeon of the Year, Tactical Air Command
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Aerospace Medical Association
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Captain May 17, 1986
Major May 17, 1991
Lieutenant Colonel May 31, 1995
Colonel May 31, 2001
Brigadier General June 23, 2011
(Current as of September, 2011)