Brig. Gen. John J. Bartrum is the Mobilization Assistant to the Deputy Surgeon General, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia.
He directs the operations of the Air Force Medical Service, composed of a $6.1 billion, 44,000-person integrated health care delivery system serving 2.6 million beneficiaries at 76 military treatment facilities worldwide. He oversees the daily functions of the Air Force Surgeon General's office with offices in Arlington and Falls Church, Virginia; Fort Detrick, Maryland; and San Antonio. Included in these functions are clinical operations, aeromedical evacuation, global force management, readiness, strategic medical plans, programs and budget, medical force management and medical information systems management. Brig. Gen. Bartrum coordinates Air Force Medical Service operations through major commands, joint service agencies, the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), the Defense Health Agency and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Brig. Gen. Bartrum earned a direct commission in 1995, after completing his Master of Business Administration from Southern Illinois University. Throughout his 24-year officer career, he worked in both the Aeromedical Evacuation and Aeromedical Staging Squadrons. He was the first commander of a new medical unit at Joint Base Langley-Eustis Air Force Base, Virginia, to provide support for geographically separated reserve units from two Air Force Reserve Command Numbered Air Forces. Prior to assuming his current position, Brig. Gen. Bartrum served as the mobilization assistant to the Air Force Medical Operations Agency Commander. He also served as the Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) to the Deputy Assistant U.S. Air Force Surgeon General, Health Care Operations and Medical Research, Defense Health Headquarters and the Individual Mobilization Augmentees Liaison to U.S. Air Force Surgeon General for Medical Reserve Forces.
In his civilian capacity, the general is a retired career federal employee who has served in Administrative Agencies, Departments, Executive Office of the President’s Office of Management and Budget and served on a senior professional staff to the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee in the Legislative branch. He earned the rank of Senior Executive Service. Currently, he is a partner with a major law firm.
1988 Associate degree, Survival/Rescue Operations, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1990 Bachelor of Business Administration, McKendree College, Ill.
1991 Associate degree, Bioenvironmental Engineering, Community College of the Air Force
1994 Master of Business Administration, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
1996 Health Service Administration Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2002 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2004 Juris Doctor, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Va.
2006 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2012 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2015 Leadership Development Track for Air Reserve Component High Potential Officers, Falls Church, Va.
1. June 1984‒March 1990, Enlisted Aircraft Maintenance, Fabrication and Parachute Specialist, 375th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
2. May 1990‒November 1995, U.S. Air Force Reserve Enlisted Bioenvironmental Engineering Specialist, 13th Air Force Contingency Hospital, Scott AFB, Ill; and Aircraft Maintenance, Fabrication and Parachute Specialist, 932nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Scott AFB, Ill.
3. April 1995‒September 1996, Health Service Administrator, 932nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron, Scott AFB, Ill.
4. September 1996‒November 1996, Health Service Administration Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
5. November 1996‒August 1998, Health Service Administrator, 932nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron, Scott AFB, Ill.
6. August 1998‒May 2005, Chief Aeromedical Operations, 459th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Andrews AFB, Md. From May 2003‒August 2003, served as Operations Officer and Officer In Charge, 320th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Seeb Air Base, Oman
7. May 2005‒November 2008, Chief of Medical Administration, 622nd Regional Support Group, Dobbins AFB, Ga.
8. November 2008‒July 2012, Commander, 610th Aerospace Medicine Flight, Joint Base Langley-Eustis AFB, Va.
9. July 2012‒July 2013, Commander, 920th Aerospace Medicine Flight, Joint Base Langley-Eustis AFB, Va.
10. July 2013‒April 2014, Individual Mobilization Augmentee, Liaison to Air Force Surgeon General for Medical Reserve Forces, Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Va.
11. April 2014‒February 2016, Individual Mobilization Augmentee, Deputy Assistant U.S. Air Force Surgeon General, Health Care Operations and Medical Research, Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Va.
12. February 2016‒December 2018, Mobilization Assistant to the Air Force Medical Operations Agency Commander, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
13. December 2018‒present, Mobilization Assistant to the Deputy Surgeon General, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with “V” device
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant April 14, 1995
First Lieutenant Aug. 20, 1996
Captain Sept. 30, 1999
Major Sept. 30, 2003
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 30, 2008
Colonel June 1, 2013
Brigadier General Jan. 2, 2019
(Current as of September 2019)