Col Theresa J. Medina is the Commander, 319th Medical Group, Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. She is responsible for daily outpatient clinic operations, an ambulance service providing first response and transport, and the medical readiness of all base- supported personnel. Colonel Medina leads 180 medics serving 4.7K enrollees with an operating budget of $6.1M. The group supports units operating the Global Hawk, one of two locations worldwide operating and maintaining the High Frequency Global Communications System and several geographically separated units in the two-state, one-province region.

Col Medina is from Janesville, Wisconsin and entered the Air Force in 1992. She began her career as a Bioenvironmental Engineer at McClellan AFB, California. Her next several assignments provided her the opportunity to lead Bioenvironmental Engineering programs and flights at bases in four major commands. She obtained certification from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene as a Certified Industrial Hygienist. Col Medina was assigned as the Air Forces Central (AFCENT) Command Bioenvironmental Engineer in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. During this time, she oversaw $49M annually to equip, supply, and support 18 deployed medical units. Additionally, Col Medina was a Medical Inspector with the Air Force Inspection Agency, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. In this capacity she conducted Health Services Inspections (HSI) of AF medical treatment facilities worldwide in conjunction with civilian accreditation agencies. She then commanded the Medical Operations squadron at Davis- Monthan AFB, Arizona. Most recently, Col Medina was the Chief of the Medical Counter, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Branch where she worked joint policy and equipment modernization for the $7B/yr Chemical and Biological Defense Program.

1992 Bachelor of Science degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin Madison 1992 Military Indoctrination for Medical Service Officers
1998 Squadron Officer School – Residence/Correspondence
2004 Master of Science Public Health - Industrial Hygiene, University of South Florida 2005 Air Command and Staff College – Correspondence
2009 Air War College – Correspondence


1. August 1992 – August 1995, Bioenvironmental Engineer, McClellan AFB, CA
2. September 1995 – June 1998, Officer in Charge, Bioenvironmental Engineering, Nellis AFB, NV
3. July 1998 – August 2001, Bioenvironmental Engineer, Aviano AB, Italy
4. August 2001 – July 2002, Chief, Bioenvironmental Engineering Acquisitions Branch, Los Angeles AFB, CA
5. July 2002 – July 2004, AFIT Student, Masters of Science Public Health, University of South Florida
6. July 2004 – August 2006, Branch Chief, Bioenvironmental Engineering, Incirlik AB, Turkey
7. August 2006 – June 2010, Bioenvironmental Engineer, Air Forces Central Command, Shaw AFB, SC
8. June 2010 – June 2012, Medical Inspector, Air Force Inspection Agency, Kirtland AFB, NM
9. June 2012–June 2014, Commander, 355th Medical Operations Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
10. June 2014 – July 2016, Chief Medical Counter CBRN Branch, Air Force Medical Support Agency, Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, VA
11. July 2016 – June 2017, Deputy Commander, 374th Medical Group, Yokota AB, Japan
12. June 2017 – present, Commander, 319th Medical Group, Grand Forks AFB, N.D.

Meritorious Service Medal with five devices
Air Force Commendation Medal with two devices Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with five devices Air Force Recognition Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal with one star Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Kosovo Campaign Medal with one star device Iraq Campaign Medal with one star device Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal with one star device Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border NATO Medal

Second Lieutenant Aug. 15, 1992
First Lieutenant Aug. 15, 1994
Captain Aug. 15, 1996
Major March 1, 2003
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 1, 2009
Colonel Oct. 1, 2016

(Current as of Aug 2017)


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