Colonel (Dr.) J. Scott Calder is assigned as the Command Surgeon, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), where he serves as the senior medical advisor to the Commanding General, supporting component/JTFs by establishing health support policies guiding the delivery of care to 120,000 U.S./Coalition forces across a 20 nation area of responsibility. This support includes contingency and peacetime medical planning and operations in support of the CENTCOM and national strategic objectives. Additionally, Colonel Calder develops health engagement strategies by fostering a more stable and prosperous region with improved trans-regional cooperation.

Prior to his current assignment Colonel Calder was the Command Surgeon for Air Force Global Strike Command, where he provided medical programs to create and sustain reliable combat ready forces to conduct nuclear deterrence and global strike operations. Colonel Calder directed strategy, policy, training, manpower, and resources for eight military treatment facilities in nine Wings with 2,530 medical staff, assuring trusted care for 179,000 beneficiaries via $208 million annual operating budgets.

Colonel Calder received his commission through the ROTC program at Miami University, Ohio, his doctor of medicine degree from The Ohio State University, Ohio, and trained in General Surgery at Wright State University, Ohio. Colonel Calder has served as chief of surgery, chief of Aerospace Medicine for Air Force Space Command, and commanded three squadrons, three groups, and a task force, commanding in both deployed and home station environments. He has been assigned overseas three times and deployed numerous times, including a total of 23 months in Afghanistan. Colonel Calder is a Fellow, American College of Surgeon; Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives; Certified Physician Executive, and is board certified in General Surgery. He is a Senior Flight Surgeon with 530.3 flying hours in 14 aircrafts.

1988 Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology (minor: Mathematics), Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
1992 Doctor of Medicine, the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio
1997 General Surgery Residency, Wright State General Surgical Residency, Dayton, Ohio
1997 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1998 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2001 Distinguished Graduate, Aerospace Medicine Primary, Brooks AFB, Texas
2006 Air War College, by correspondence
2008 American College of Physician Executives Medical Management Program
2012 Lean for Healthcare, University of Tennessee, Tenn.
2012 Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care, Washington, D.C.
2015 Masters in Business Administration, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, N.Y.
2017 Capstone Course for Military Health System Leaders, Washington, D.C.

1. June 1992 - June 1997, general surgery resident, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2. July 1997 - June 1998, Staff General Surgeon, 35th Medical Operations Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan
3. June 1998 - July 1999, Assistant Chief of Surgical Services, 35th Medical Operations Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan
4. July 1999 - August 2000, Chief of Surgical Services, 35th Medical Operations Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan
5. August 2000 - July 2002, Surgical Services Flight Commander, 52d Medical Operations Squadron, Bitburg Annex, Germany
6. March 2002 - July 2002, 320th MDOS commander and SGH, 320th Expeditionary Medical Group, SEEB AB, Oman
7. July 2002 - August 2003, Flight Surgeon, 23d Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
8. May 2003 - August 2003, Acting SGP and Flight Med Flight Commander, 52d Aeromedical Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
9. August 2003 - April 2004, Staff General Surgeon, 74th Surgical Operations Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
10. April 2004 - September 2004, General Surgery Element Chief, 74th Surgical Ops Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
11. September 2004 - July 2005, General Surgery Flight Commander, 88th Surgical Ops Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
12. July 2005 - July 2007, Commander, 2d Medical Operations Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
13. July 2007 - July 2009, Chief, Aeromedical Services, HQ Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
14. March 2009 - September 2009, Commander, 455th Medical Operations Squadron, Bagram, Afghanistan
15. July 2009 - July 2011, Chief, Aerospace Medicine Division, HQ Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
16. Aug 2011 - Jun 2014, Deputy Commander, 59 Medical Ops Group (interim Commander Mar - Aug 2012), Lackland AFB, Texas
17. June 2014 - February 2016, Commander, 31st Medical Group, Aviano AB, Italy
18. February 2016 - July 2017, Commander, Task Force Medical – Afghanistan and Commander, 455th Expeditionary Medical Group, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
19. July 2017 - July 2018, Command Surgeon, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, La.
20. July 2018 - present, Command Surgeon, U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.

Rating: Senior Flight Surgeon
Flying hours: 530.3 hours, including 165.2 combat hours
Aircraft: B-52H, C-17A, C-21A, C-130H/J, CH-47F, DCH-8, F-16D, KC-135R, NC-135W, RC-135U, T-1A, UH-1N and UH- 60M


Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
Outstanding Unit Award with valor device with thirteen Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal with Service Star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Service Star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long with Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border with Oak Leaf Cluster
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol)
NATO Medal

Commander, USAF Surgeon General Award for Best Hospital of the Year, 2015
Paul W. Myers Award, 2002 USAFE nominee and Air Force recipient
52d Medical Group Provider of the year, 2002
Enterprise Value Award, 2000
Paul W. Myers Award, 1998 PACAF nominee
Best Clinical Presentation, Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons, 1998

Second Lieutenant May 8, 1988
Captain May 4, 1992
Major May 4, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel May 4, 2004
Colonel May 4, 2010

(Current as of January 2019)


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