Colonel (Dr.) R. Shane Day is the commander of the 1st Special Operations Medical Group, Hurlburt Field, Florida. He leads a team of over 400 personnel providing medical care and operational support to over 15,000 beneficiaries. His previous assignment was Commander of the 48th Aerospace Medicine Squadron which supports combat capability for the 48th Fighter Wing, 100th Air Refueling Wing, 501st Combat Support Wing, and the 352d Special Operations Wing.

Colonel Day was commissioned into the Air Force in 1995 and holds a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa. Upon graduation in 1999, he completed a traditional rotating internship. In 2000, Colonel Day earned his wings as a Flight Surgeon and was assigned first to the 28th Aeromedical Dental Squadron and subsequently to the 37th Bomb Squadron. In 2003, he was chosen for the Residency in Aerospace Medicine completing the program in 2006. He went on to complete a Fellowship in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine in 2007. Colonel Day has served as the Chief of Aeromedical Services at Kadena AB, Japan and at the 455th Expeditionary Medical Group, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. He is dual board-certified in Aerospace Medicine and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.

1994 Bachelor of Science, Human Physiology, Boston University, Boston, MA
1999 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA
2000 Traditional Rotating Internship, Westchester General Hospital, Miami, FL
2000 Aerospace Medicine Primary Course, USAF School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM), Brooks City-Base, TX
2004 Master of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, San Antonio, TX
2005 Residency, Aerospace Medicine, USAFSAM, Brooks City-Base, TX
2006 Residency, Occupational Medicine, USAFSAM, Brooks City-Base, TX
2007 Fellowship, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, USAFSAM, Brooks City-Base, TX
2013 Intermediate Executive Skills Course, San Antonio, TX
2014 Air War College, Correspondence

1. Jul 00-Jun 03: Flight Surgeon, Ellsworth AFB, SD
2. Jul 03-Jun 06: Resident in Aerospace and Occupational Medicine, USAFSAM, Brooks City-Base, TX
3. Jul 06-Jun 07: Fellow, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, USAFSAM, Brooks City-Base, TX
4. Jul 07-Jun 10: Chief Aeromedical Services, Kadena AB, Japan; (Sep 08-Jan 09, Chief Aeromedical Services, 455th EMDG, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM)
5. Jul 10-Jun 13: SO1 Health Interoperability and Aviation Medicine, Joint Health Command, Canberra, Australia
6. Jul 13-Aug 15: Commander, 359th Aerospace Medicine Squadron; Chief, Aerospace Medicine, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, TX
7. Aug 15-Present: Commander, 48th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England

Rating: Chief Flight Surgeon
Flight Hours: Over 780 including 184 combat hours
Aircraft flown: B-1, C-5, C-12, C-17, C-21, C-23, C-130, CL-604, E-3B, F-15D, F-16D, KC-135, T-1, T-6, T-33, T-38, T-43, UH-60

Chief Flight Surgeon
Senior Physician

Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
NATO Medal

Aerospace Medical Association
Society of USAF Flight Surgeons
American Osteopathic Association
American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society
Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine
International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine

Second Lieutenant 28 Jun 1995
Captain 5 Jun 1999
Major 5 Jun 2005
Lieutenant Colonel 5 Jun 2011
Colonel 31 May 2016