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Surgeon General of the
Air Force
United States Air Force Medical Service (seal).jpg
LIEUTENANT GENERAL DOROTHY A. HOGG.jpg
Incumbent
Lt. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg[1]

since June 5, 2018
Air Staff
Air Force Medical Service
Reports to Chief of Staff of the Air Force
Appointer The President
with Senate advice and consent
Constituting instrument 10 U.S.C. § 8036
Formation 1948
First holder Malcolm C. Grow
Website Official Website

The Surgeon General of the United States Air Force is the senior-most Medical Service officer in the U.S. Air Force. In recent times, this has been a Lieutenant General who serves as head of the United States Air Force Medical Service (AFMS). The Surgeon General is usually the senior Medical Corps officer, but acting surgeons general have been from other branches of the medical service.

History[edit | edit source]

In September 1947, the combat elements of the Army Air Forces separated from the U.S. Army, forming the United States Air Force. But a few Air Force support functions, such as medical care, remained U.S. Army responsibilities for the next two years. Starting in 1948, the Air Force and the Air Surgeon, Maj. Gen. Malcolm C. Grow (1887-1960), began to convince the U.S. Army and the administration of President Harry S. Truman that the Air Force needed its own medical service. In the summer of 1949, Air Force General Order No. 35 established a medical service with the following officer personnel components: Medical Corps, Dental Corps, Veterinary Corps, Medical Service Corps, Air Force Nurse Corps, and Women’s Medical Specialist Corps.

List of Surgeons General of the United States Air Force[edit | edit source]

No. Portrait Name Rank Dates of tenure Notes
1 Malcolm C Grow.jpg Grow, Malcolm C.Malcolm C. Grow Major general July 1, 1949–November 30, 1949 [2]
2 Harry George Armstrong.jpg Armstrong, Harry G.Harry G. Armstrong Major general December 1, 1949–June 30, 1954 [3]
3 DanCOgle(191004-F-XX000-0028).JPG Ogle, Dan C.Dan C. Ogle Major general July 1, 1954–November 30, 1958 [4]
4 OliverKNiess(090224-F-JZ032-217).JPG Niess, Oliver K.Oliver K. Niess Major general December 1, 1958–December 1, 1963 [5]
5 RichardLBohannon(200403-F-AF999-1404).JPG Bohannon, Richard L.Richard L. Bohannon Lieutenant general December 2, 1963–November 30, 1967 [6]
6 KennethPletcher(190307-F-ZZ966-1210).JPG Pletcher, Kenneth E.Kenneth E. Pletcher Lieutenant general December 1, 1967–April 30, 1970 [7]
7 AlonzoATowner(091002-F-JZ029-088).JPG Towner, Alonzo A.Alonzo A. Towner Lieutenant general May 1, 1970–July 31, 1972 [8]
8 RobertAPatterson(090424-F-JZ031-361).JPG Patterson, Robert A.Robert A. Patterson Lieutenant general August 1, 1972–July 31, 1975 [9]
9 George E Schafer LTG.jpeg Schafer, George E.George E. Schafer Lieutenant general August 1, 1975–July 31, 1978 [10]
10 PaulWMyers(191209-F-AF000-1444).JPG Myers, Paul W.Paul W. Myers Lieutenant general August 1, 1978–July 31, 1982 [11]
11 MaxBBralliar(060612-F-JZ507-056).JPG Bralliar, Max B.Max B. Bralliar Lieutenant general August 1, 1982–July 31, 1985 [12]
12 MurphyAChesney(060426-F-JZ507-472).JPG Chesney, Murphy A.Murphy A. Chesney Lieutenant general August 1, 1985–July 31, 1988 [13]
13 Miller Monte B.JPG Miller, Monte B.Monte B. Miller Lieutenant general August 1, 1988–July 31, 1991 [14]
14 AlexanderMSloan(090715-F-JZ030-361).JPG Sloan, Alexander M.Alexander M. Sloan Lieutenant general August 1, 1991–July 11, 1994 [15]
* RobertABuetheJr(060612-F-JZ507-030).JPG Buethe, Robert A.Robert A. Buethe (Acting) Major general July 12, 1994–September 25, 1994 [16]
15 Edgar R Anderson.jpg Anderson, Jr., Edgar R.Edgar R. Anderson, Jr. Lieutenant general September 26, 1994–November 14, 1996 [17]
16 Charles Roadman.jpg Roadman II, Charles H.Charles H. Roadman II Lieutenant general November 15, 1996–October 10, 1999 [18]
* MichaelKWyrick(131122-F-PB123-145).JPG Wyrick, Michael K.Michael K. Wyrick (Acting) Major general October 11, 1999–October 31, 1999 [19]
17 Paul K Carlton Jr.jpg Carlton, Jr., Paul K.Paul K. Carlton, Jr. Lieutenant general November 1, 1999–October 14, 2002 [20]
18 George P Taylor.jpg Taylor, George P.George P. Taylor Lieutenant general October 15, 2002–July 31, 2006 [21]
19 James G Roudebush.jpg Roudebush, James G.James G. Roudebush Lieutenant general August 1, 2006–August 11, 2009 [22]
20 Charles B Green.JPG Green, Charles B.Charles B. Green Lieutenant general August 12, 2009– July 19, 2012 [23]
21 LtGenThomasTravis.jpg Travis, Thomas W.Thomas W. Travis Lieutenant general July 20, 2012– June 5, 2015 [24]
22 LIEUTENANT GENERAL MARK A. EDIGER.JPG Ediger, Mark A.Mark A. Ediger Lieutenant general June 6, 2015– June 4, 2018 [25]
23 LIEUTENANT GENERAL DOROTHY A. HOGG.jpg Hogg, Dorothy A.Dorothy A. Hogg Lieutenant general June 5, 2018– present [1]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "LIEUTENANT GENERAL DOROTHY A. HOGG > U.S. Air Force > Biography Display". https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/466853/lieutenant-general-dorothy-a-hogg/. 
  2. "Major General Malcolm C. Grow". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/106898/major-general-malcolm-c-grow/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  3. "Major General Harry George Armstrong". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/107786/major-general-harry-george-armstrong/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  4. "Major General Dan C. Ogle". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/106020/major-general-dan-c-ogle/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  5. "Major General Oliver K. Niess". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/106079/major-general-oliver-k-niess/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  6. "Lieutenant General Richard L. Bohannon". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/107680/lieutenant-general-richard-l-bohannon/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  7. "Lieutenant General Kenneth E. Pletcher". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/104981/lieutenant-general-kenneth-e-pletcher/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  8. "Lieutenant General Alonzo A. Towner". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/105435/lieutenant-general-alonzo-a-towner/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  9. "Lieutenant General Robert A. Patterson". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/105993/lieutenant-general-robert-a-patterson/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  10. "Lieutenant General George E. Schafer". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/105709/lieutenant-general-george-e-schafer/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  11. "Lieutenant General Paul W. Myers". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/106114/lieutenant-general-dr-paul-w-myers/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  12. "Lieutenant General Max B. Bralliar". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/107644/lieutenant-general-dr-max-b-bralliar/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  13. "Lieutenant General Murphy A. Chesney". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/107500/lieutenant-general-dr-murphy-a-chesney/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  14. "Lieutenant General Monte B. Miller". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/106222/lieutenant-general-dr-monte-b-miller/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  15. "Lieutenant General Alexander M. Sloan". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/105598/lieutenant-general-dr-alexander-m-sloan/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  16. "Major General Robert A. Buethe". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/107559/major-general-dr-robert-a-buethe-jr/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  17. "Lieutenant General Edgar R. Anderson, Jr.". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/107836/lieutenant-general-dr-edgar-r-anderson-jr/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  18. "Lieutenant General Charles H. Roadman II". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/105829/lieutenant-general-charles-h-roadman-ii/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  19. "Major General Michael K. Wyrick". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/105147/major-general-michael-k-wyrick/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  20. "Lieutenant General Paul K. Carlton, Jr.". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/107461/lieutenant-general-dr-paul-k-carlton-jr/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  21. "Lieutenant General George P. Taylor". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/104941/lieutenant-general-dr-george-peach-taylor-jr/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  22. "Lieutenant General James G. Roudebush". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/105761/lieutenant-general-dr-james-g-roudebush/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  23. "Lieutenant General Charles B. Green". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/104772/lieutenant-general-dr-charles-b-green/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  24. "Lieutenant General Thomas W. Travis". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/104654/lieutenant-general-dr-thomas-w-travis/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 
  25. "Lieutenant General Mark A. Ediger". United States Air Force. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/108319/lieutenant-general-mark-a-ediger/. Retrieved April 12, 2020. 

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