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Maj. Gen. Barbara C. Brannon is Assistant Air Force Surgeon General, Medical Force Development, and Assistant Air Force Surgeon General, Nursing Services, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Bolling Air Force Base, D.C. As Assistant Air Force Surgeon General, Medical Force Development, she establishes new and appraises existing personnel policy and enhancement actions for more than 34,000 active-duty officer and enlisted medical personnel. She collaborates with Department of Defense agencies and Air Staff directorates to establish and meet future staffing needs. Her directorate is also responsible for all medical force education and training programs. As Assistant Air Force Surgeon General, Nursing Services, she creates and evaluates nursing policies and programs for 19,000 active-duty, Guard and Reserve nursing personnel. She interacts with major commands, the Air Staff, other military services and the Joint Staff on nursing services matters to ensure the highest caliber of nursing care and personnel.

The general has held various positions in critical care, flight nursing, technical training, and executive leadership. She has served as a chief nurse executive, squadron commander, director of Air Force medical readiness, and three times as a group commander.

1972 Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, cum laude, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, Calif.
1976 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1980 Master of Science degree in cardiovascular nursing, University of California, San Francisco
1981 Air Command and Staff College, by seminar
1988 Outstanding graduate, Air War College, by seminar

1. January 1975 - August 1975, staff nurse, Intensive Care and Coronary Care Unit, Malcolm Grow U.S. Air Force Medical Center, Andrews AFB, Md.
2. August 1975 - August 1978, staff nurse, Intensive Care and Coronary Care Unit, Ehrling Bergquist U.S. Air Force Regional Hospital, Offutt AFB, Neb.
3. September 1978 - December 1979, Air Force Institute of Technology graduate student, cardiovascular nursing, University of California, San Francisco
4. January 1980 - August 1983, instructor, Critical Care Nursing Course, School of Health Care Sciences, Sheppard AFB, Texas
5. August 1983 - August 1986, flight nurse and senior flight clinical coordinator, 57th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Scott AFB, Ill.
6. August 1986 - August 1989, outpatient clinic coordinator, assistant chief nurse, nursing quality assurance coordinator, 325th Medical Group, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
7. August 1988 - September 1989, Director of Ambulatory Services, 325th Medical Group, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
8. September 1989 - December 1989, fellow, Nurse Executive Management Course, Air University Regional Hospital, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9. January 1990 - September 1991, Chief, Medical Aid Station, 7520th Air Base Squadron, Royal Air Force High Wycombe, England
10. October 1991 - May 1992, Nursing Executive Management Fellow, Office of the Surgeon, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
11. June 1992 - June 1995, Chief Nurse Executive, 90th Medical Group, Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
12. June 1995 - August 1996, Commander, 382nd Technical Training Squadron, Sheppard AFB, Texas
13. August 1996 - June 1998, Commander, 71st Medical Group, Vance AFB, Okla.
14. June 1998 - October 1999, Commander, 31st Medical Group, Aviano Air Base, Italy
15. October 1999 - July 2000, Director, Air Force Medical Readiness and Nursing Services, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Bolling AFB, D.C.
16. July 2000 - June 2003, Commander, 89th Medical Group, Andrews AFB, Md., and assistant Air Force Surgeon General for Nursing, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Bolling Air Force Base, D.C.
17. June 2003 - present, Assistant Air Force Surgeon General, Medical Force Development and Assistant Air Force Surgeon General, Nursing Services, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Bolling AFB, D.C.

Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Combat Readiness Medal

1988 Tactical Air Command Nurse of the Year
Advanced certification in nursing administration, American Nurses Credentialing Center

American College of Healthcare Executives
Association of Military Surgeons of the United States
American Nurses Association
Association of Nurse Executives

First Lieutenant Jan. 12, 1975
Captain Jan. 12, 1977
Major Sept. 1, 1984
Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 1989
Colonel Sept. 1, 1994
Brigadier General Dec. 1, 1999
Major General Aug. 1, 2003

(Current as of October 2003)


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