Brigadier General NORMAN S. WEST

Brig. Gen. Norman West is the Surgeon General, Headquarters Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. He is responsible to the AMC Commander for the wartime readiness of more than 107,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian personnel at more than 100 operating locations worldwide.

As Manpower and Equipment Force Packaging Responsible Agency for national en route care capabilities, he seamlessly solves combatant commander ERC requirements in support of global force management capability. He does this by organizing, training and equipping combat-ready medical forces for rapid deployment and employment using 68 specialized deployable teams and $332 million in medical War Reserve Material staged worldwide.

Additionally, he oversees and executes lifecycle management for a $329 million Patient Movement Item program staged at seven centers worldwide, supporting United States Transportation Command’s Unified Command Plan responsibilities. He also delivers emergency management oversight and guidance to 11 military treatment facilities and two aeromedical evacuation squadrons with $9.3 million in medical counter-chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives response assets. Brig. Gen. West also serves as the Chief, Biomedical Sciences Corps, U.S. Air Force, overseeing the professional force development and worldwide utilization for more than 2,400 officers in 15 healthcare specialties supporting 76 military treatment facilities, headquarters and major command organizations.

Brig. Gen. West has commanded at the squadron, group and task force level. Prior to this assignment, he was Commander, Task Force Medical–Afghanistan, and Commander, 455th Expeditionary Medical Group at Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Brig. Gen. West led a unified medical command consisting of 873 U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as coalition partners from 14 nations at 49 medical hospitals and trauma centers throughout the Combined Joint Operating Area–Afghanistan with a remarkable casualty survival rate of 97.9%. Likewise, he commanded the 412th Medical Group, Edwards Air Force Base, California, capturing the Air Force Materiel Command’s “Best Clinic” and “Best Dental Clinic”. Brig. Gen. West concurrently commanded the 374th Aerospace Medicine Squadron and 374th Medical Operations Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan. He led specialized warriors from five Air Force squadrons and an Army chemical company, creating and sustaining the first nuclear emergency response task force because of the deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear catastrophe in Japan. He built Operation Tomodachi strategy and long-term nuclear response capabilities sustaining more than 320,000 tsunami survivors through the airlift of 2.3 million tons of relief and 23,000 hours of nuclear detection/decontamination missions.

Brig. Gen. West’s staff assignments include the Air Force District of Washington’s Command Surgeon, the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Aerospace, and Operational Physiology Consultant at Pacific Air Forces, 18thWing Director of Staff, Investigations Branch Chief and Headquarters Air Force Safety Center Inspector General. Moreover, Brig. Gen. West completed senior level studies in national security strategy formulation and implementation at National War College. He focused on national security strategy while specializing in Weapons of Mass Destruction, emphasizing a comprehensive Federal and Department of Defense perspective. Finally, Brig. Gen. West is a board-certified Aerospace Physiologist.

1989 Bachelor of Science, Exercise Physiology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
1991 Master of Science, Scientific Basis for Human Performance, University of Oklahoma, Norman
1997 Masters of Public Health, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md.
2000 Squadron Officer School, Distinguished Graduate, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2003 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2006 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2006 Master of Science, Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2007 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2016 Master of Science, National Strategic Studies, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2016 National War College, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.

1. June 1994–January 1997, Chief, Aircrew Training, 74th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
2. January 1997–July 1997, Commander, Aerospace Physiology Flight, 74th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
3. July 1997–July 1999, Aerospace Physiology Management Fellow, Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
4. July 1999–May 2002, Director, Aerospace Physiology Training Courses, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, Texas
5. May 2002–March 2004, Royal Air Force Aircrew Equipment Integration Flight Commander, U.S. Air Force Personnel Exchange Program British Royal Air Force, RAF Henlow, United Kingdom
6. March 2004–March 2005, Aerospace Physiology Flight Commander and Wing Exercise Physiologist, 92nd Aeromedical Dental Squadron, Fairchild AFB, Wash.
7. March 2005–July 2006, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. July 2006–June 2008, Deputy Commander, 18th Aerospace Medicine Squadron and Headquarters Pacific Air Forces/SG Aerospace Physiology Consultant, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan
9. June 2008June 2009, Director of Staff, 18th Wing, Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
10. June 2009–June 2011, Commander, 374th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Yokota AB, Japan
11. June 2011–July 2013, Chief, Investigations Branch, Headquarters Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
12. July 2013–July 2014, Inspector General, Headquarters Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
13. July 2014–July 2015, Deputy Commander, 96th Medical Group, Eglin AFB, Fla.
14. July 2015 –July 2016, Student, National War College, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
15. August 2016–July 2018, Commander, 412th Medical Group, Edwards AFB, Calif.
16. July 2018–May 2019, Command Surgeon, Air Force District of Washington, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
17. May 2019–June 2020, Commander, Task Force Medical, Afghanistan and 455th Expeditionary Medical Group, Bagram AB, Afghanistan
18. August 2020–present, Surgeon General, Air Mobility Command and United States Air Force Biomedical Sciences Corps Chief, Scott AFB, Ill.

Rating:  qualified military high altitude freefall parachutist and static-line parachutist
Jumps:  more than 140 including Experimental Test Jumps/all U.S. military services/International
Aircraft Jumped:  C-130, MC-130, C-130J, C-130J-30, C-17, C-141, UH-60, UH-1, CH-47 (Singapore), MH-53, UV-18, Casa 212, and BE-36

Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal with device
Meritorious Service Medal with eight devices
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with device
Air Force Achievement Medal

1997 Aerospace Physiology Management Fellow, Air Force Surgeon General
2000 Aerospace Physiologist of the Year, Air Force Materiel Command
2001 Aerospace Physiologist of the Year, Air Force Materiel Command
2002 Board Certified in Aerospace Physiology, Aerospace Medicine Association
2005 Associate Fellow, Aerospace Medical Association
2006 Commandant's Award, Air Command and Staff College
2006 Field Grade Aerospace Physiologist of the Year, Pacific Air Forces
2007 Field Grade Aerospace Physiologist of the Year, Pacific Air Forces
2011 Force Health Protection Award, Society of the Federal Health Professionals; 374th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight
2011 Operational Medicine Award; Association of Military Surgeons of the United States
2016 Alumni Graduate School of Medicine Award, Uniformed Services University

First Lieutenant May 28, 1993
Captain May 28, 1995
Major April 1, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 1, 2006
Colonel April 1, 2014
Brigadier General Aug. 2, 2020

(Current as of February 2022)