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Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Charles B. Green is the Surgeon General of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. General Green serves as functional manager of the U.S. Air Force Medical Service. In this capacity, he advises the Secretary of the Air Force and Air Force Chief of Staff, as well as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs on matters pertaining to the medical aspects of the air expeditionary force and the health of Air Force people. General Green has authority to commit resources worldwide for the Air Force Medical Service, to make decisions affecting the delivery of medical services, and to develop plans, programs and procedures to support worldwide medical service missions. He exercises direction, guidance and technical management of more than 42,800 people assigned to 75 medical facilities worldwide. 

General Green was commissioned through the Health Professions Scholarship Program and entered active duty in 1978 after completing his Doctorate of Medicine degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He completed residency training in family practice at Eglin Regional Hospital, Eglin AFB, Fla., in 1981, and in aerospace medicine at Brooks AFB, Texas, in 1989. He is board certified in aerospace medicine.  An expert in disaster relief operations, he planned and led humanitarian relief efforts in the Philippines after the Baguio earthquake in 1990, and in support of Operation Fiery Vigil following the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo.

General Green has served as commander of three hospitals and Wilford Hall Medical Center. As command surgeon for three major commands, he planned joint medical response for operations Desert Thunder and Desert Fox, and oversaw aeromedical evacuation for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He has served as Assistant Surgeon General for Health Care Operations and Deputy Surgeon General, prior to his current assignment.

1974 Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha
1978 Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
1981 Residency in family practice, Eglin Regional Hospital, Eglin AFB, Fla.
1987 Air Command and Staff College, by seminar
1988 Master's degree in public health, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1989 Residency in aerospace medicine, Brooks AFB, Texas
2000 Air War College, by correspondence
2011 Honorary Doctorate of Science degree, University of Wisconsin-Parkside,


1. June 1978 - July 1981, family practice resident, later, chief resident, Eglin AFB, Fla.
2. July 1981 - August 1984, flight surgeon, U.S. Air Force Hospital, Mather AFB, Calif.
3. August 1984 - September 1985, officer in charge, Family Practice Clinic, Wheeler AFB, Hawaii
4. September 1985 - August 1987, Chief of Clinic Services, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
5. September 1987 - June 1988, student, graduate aerospace medical resident, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
6. June 1988 - July 1989, resident in aerospace medicine, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, Texas
7. July 1989 - August 1991, Chief of Aerospace Medicine, and Commander, 657th Tactical Hospital, Clark AB, Philippines
8. September 1991 - August 1993, Commander, 65th Medical Group, Lajes Field, Portugal
9. August 1993 - August 1995, Commander, 366th Medical Group, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
10. August 1995 - January 1997, Commander, 96th Medical Group, Eglin AFB, Fla.
11. January 1997 - July 1999, Command Surgeon, U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
12. July 1999 - June 2001, Command Surgeon, North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Space Command and Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
13. June 2001 - July 2003, Command Surgeon, U.S. Transportation Command and Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
14. July 2003 - July 2005, Commander, 59th Medical Wing, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas
15. July 2005 - August 2006, Assistant Surgeon General for Health Care Operations, Office of the Surgeon General, Bolling AFB, D.C.
16. August 2006 - August 2009, Deputy Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Bolling AFB, D.C.
17. August 2009 - present, Surgeon General of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

1. January 1997 - July 1999, Command Surgeon, U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla., as a colonel
2. July 1999 - June 2001, Command Surgeon, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo., as a colonel
3. June 2001 - July 2003, Command Surgeon, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill., as a brigadier general
4. July 2003 - July 2005, Director, DOD Region 6 (TRICARE South) Lackland AFB, Texas, as a major general

Rating: Chief flight surgeon
Flight hours: 1,200
Aircraft flown: B-52, C-5, C-9, C-21, C-130, C-141, H-53, KC-135, T-43, F-15, F-16, P-3, T-37, T-38, UH-1 and UH-60

Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Airman's Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal with bronze star
Philippine Bronze Cross

American Medical Association
American College of Physician Executives
Fellow, Aerospace Medical Association
Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians
Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians
Aerospace Medical Association
Society of U.S. Air Force Flight Surgeons (former President)
Air Force Association
Association of Military Surgeons of the United States
American College of Healthcare Executives


Captain June 18, 1978
Major May 26, 1984
Lieutenant Colonel May 25, 1990
Colonel May 31, 1994
Brigadier General Aug. 1, 2001
Major General Sept. 1, 2004
Lieutenant General Aug. 3, 2009

(Current as of July 2012)


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