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Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Josef Schmid III is the Mobilization Assistant to the Surgeon General of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

General Schmid graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Belmont Abbey College in 1988. Among his previous assignments are duty as a flight surgeon, family practitioner, staff family physician, chief of occupational medicine and specialist in Aerospace Medicine. Prior to his current assignment he served as the Deputy Joint Staff Surgeon and Director, Reserve Medical Readiness Operations and Affairs, Special Staff to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.  He has deployed in support of the Defense Institute of Medical Operations to Nepal, Mexico, Rwanda, Romania and Sri Lanka. 

In his civilian capacity, Doctor Schmid is a NASA flight surgeon at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas. He is the former lead for Space Medicine Training, responsible for training medical students, other flight surgeons, astronaut crew medical officers and biomedical engineers. He is also the former Lead for the Electronic Medical Record system.  He has been a crew surgeon for shuttle missions STS-116, STS-120 and for the long duration missions to the International Space Station for Expeditions 18, 24, 29, 38 and currently 48. He became an aquanaut during a 12 day mission to NOAA’s undersea Aquarius habitat. Doctor Schmid is also the Co-director for the Aerospace Medicine Residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

1988 Bachelor of Science, Biology with Classic Studies, Summa Cum Laude, Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, N.C. 
1987 Exchange student, Kansai Gaidai University of Foreign Studies, Hirakata, Osaka, Japan 
1991 Exchange medical student, Tokai School of Medicine, Isehara, Japan 
1992 Doctor of Medicine, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C. 
1995 Family Medicine Residency, David Grant U.S. Air Force Medical Center, Travis AFB, Calif. 
1996 U.S. Air Force Aerospace Medicine Primary Course, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, Texas 
2001 Master of Public Health, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
2002 Aerospace Medicine Residency, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
2003 Air War College, by seminar

1. June 1992 - June 1995, Resident Family Practice, David Grant U.S. Air Force Medical Center, 60th Medical Group, Travis AFB, Calif. 
2. August 1995 - August 1997, Staff Family Physician, 18th Medical Group, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan 
3. August 1997 - August 2000, Staff Family Physician and Chief Occupational Medicine, 469 Air Base Group, Rhein-Main, Frankfurt, Germany. 
4. August 2000 - June 2003, Family Physician, 433rd Medical Squadron, Lackland AFB, Texas 
5. July 2003 - June 2006, Chief of Professional Service 433rd Medical Squadron, Lackland AFB, Texas 
6. June 2006 - November 2007, Commander, 433rd Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Lackland AFB, Texas 
7. November 2007 - August 2011, Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Command Surgeon, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo. 
8. August 2011 - February 2013, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Lackland AFB, Texas 
9. February 2013 - February 2016, Deputy Joint Staff Surgeon and Director, Reserve Medical Readiness Operations and Affairs, Special Staff to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C. 
10. February 2016 - present, Mobilization Assistant to the Surgeon General of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Rating: flight surgeon 
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38N, C-130, E-8A, UH-1D, C-12, C-141, C9, G1, G2 Shuttle Training Aircraft, NASA KC-135 Weightless Wonder, Russian MI-8, Tu-134, Tu-154 

Defense Superior Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters 
Air Force Commendation Medal 
Air Force Achievement Medal 
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters 
National Defense Service Medal with device 
Kosovo Campaign Medal 
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal 
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long with device 
Air Force Longevity Service with three oak leaf clusters 
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol) 
Air Force Training Ribbon 

Second Lieutenant March 29, 1988 
Captain May 14, 1992 
Major May 14, 1998 
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 12, 2002 
Colonel April 1, 2006 
Brigadier General Dec. 20, 2013 
Major General December 2, 2017

(Current as of February 2018)


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