Air Force Medicine




Colonel Deedra L. Zabokrtsky is the Chief, Officer Force Development Division and Director, Air Force Nursing Services at Headquarters Air Force, Office of the Surgeon General. Colonel Zabokrtsky executes officer force development initiatives and establishes training policy across the Air Force Medical Service.  As the Surgeon General’s nursing functional expert, she directs and oversees nursing force structure, education and training, career development, staff utilization, and standards of nursing care and practice.  She develops coordinates, deploys, and evaluates policies and programs affecting 18,000 nursing personnel in active and reserve components of the Air Force Medical Service.  Colonel Zabokrtsky interacts with the Department of Defense, Air Staff, Major Commands, and high-level federal, national, and civilian agencies on behalf of the Chief of the Air Force Nurse Corps.  

Colonel Zabokrtsky was born and raised in Pullman, Washington, and directly commissioned into the Air Force in 1992.  She holds a Master of Science in Nursing Education and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Capella University. She is board certified as an advanced nurse executive. Colonel Zabokrtsky has served in progressively challenging roles and settings as a clinical nurse, manager, educator, staff officer, and administrator.  Her deployment experience includes tours to Zagreb, Croatia, in support of Operation Provide Promise and to Joint Base Balad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

1992  Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Washington State University, Pullman
1993  Air Force Nurse Internship Program, Travis Air Force Base, Calif.
1997  Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2001  Master of Science, Nursing Education, University of Oklahoma HSC, Oklahoma City
2006  Air Command and Staff College, via correspondence
2007  IDE-E Fellowship, Executive Nursing, Headquarters, AFMS, Washington D.C.
2010  Intermediate Executive Skills, San Antonio, Texas
2012  Air War College, via correspondence
2013  SDE-E Fellowship, Magnet Nursing, Scottsdale Healthcare System, Scottsdale, Ariz.
2014  Combined Senior Leader Course, Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Va.
2015  Doctor of Nursing Practice, Capella University, Minneapolis, Minn.

1.  February 1993 - June 1994, Clinical Nurse, Multiservice Unit, Fairchild AFB, Wash.
2.  July 1994 - July 1999, Clinical Nurse, Medical Oncology Unit; Dedicated Preceptor, Nurse Transition Program; and Wing Protocol Officer, Travis AFB, Calif.
3.  August 1999 - May 2001, Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate Student, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Okla.
4.  May 2001 - June 2004, Chief, Education, Training and Readiness, Dyess AFB, Texas
5.  July 2004 - July 2006, Element Chief, Multiservice Unit; Course Supervisor, Nurse Transition Program; and Chief, Nursing Staff Development, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
6.  August 2006 - April 2009, Executive Nursing Fellow and Program Manager, AFMS Education & Training, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Bolling AFB, D.C.
7.  May 2009 - August 2012, Manager, Nurse Transition Program, Scottsdale Healthcare Military Partnership, Luke AFB, Ariz.
8.  September 2012 - June 2013, Magnet Nursing Fellow, Scottsdale Healthcare System, Scottsdale, Ariz.
9.  July 2013 - August 2014, Branch Chief, Provision of Inpatient Nursing Care, Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
10. August 2014 - April 2017, Chief Nurse, 59th Medical Operations Group, Joint Base San Antonio–Lackland, Texas
11. January 2017 - April 2017, Chief Nurse, 59th Medical Wing, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas
12. April 2017 – Present, Director, Air Force Nursing Services and Chief, Officer Force Development Division, HQ USAF, Falls Church, Va

Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with silver and oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with silver and oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Global War On Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Training Ribbon
United Nations Medal 

Air Force Medical Service Nurse Educator of the Year, 2010

First Lieutenant June 27, 1994
Captain June 27, 1996
Major July 1, 2004
Lieutenant Colonel September 1, 2010
Colonel April 1, 2015

(Current as of July 2017)