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COLONEL JAY A. VIETAS

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Colonel Jay A. Vietas is the Commander, 23d Medical Group, Moody AFB, home of the historic Flying Tigers. Moody’s 5,000 assigned Airmen lead pararescue and combat airfield operations employing HC-130Ps, HH-60Gs and A-10 aircraft. His staff of 290 serves over 11,000 beneficiaries in 8 facilities, with a $12M annual operating budget and additional $23M in purchased care.  The group also maintains 46 combat programs and war reserve materiel valued at $3.4M. The Medical Group provides outpatient, pediatric, dental, occupational, flight medicine, preventive health services and pararescue support programs.

Colonel Vietas was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and commissioned upon graduation from the US Air Force
Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. He has served at base level as a Bioenvironmental Engineer, at the School of Aerospace Medicine as division chief, course director, instructor, consultant, and Detachment commander. Most recently, he commanded the Medical Operations Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom. Colonel Vietas is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

EDUCATION:
1991 Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, US Air Force Academy, Colorado
1998 Squadron Officer School (in residence), Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2000 Master of Science, Environmental Health (Industrial Hygiene), Colorado State University, Colorado
2001 Master of Science Bioresource (Environmental) Engineering, Colorado State University, Colorado
2003 Air Command and Staff College (non‐resident)
2005 Doctor of Philosophy, Environmental Health (Industrial Hygiene), University of Cincinnati, Ohio
2008 Air War College (non‐resident)

ASSIGNMENTS:
1. Jul 91 – Nov 94, Bioenvironmental Engineer, 319th Medical Group, Grand Forks Air Force Base,
North Dakota
2. Nov 94 – Jul 96, Chief Industrial Hygiene Branch, 21st Medical Group, Peterson Air Force Base,
Colorado
3. Jul 96 – Aug 98, OIC, Falcon AFB Bioenvironmental Engineering, 21st Medical Group, Peterson Air
Force Base, Colorado
4. Aug 98 – May 00, Student, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
5. May 00 – Aug 01, Chief, Industrial Hygiene Branch, USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks
Air Force Base, Texas
6. Aug 01 – Jul 02, Director, Bioenvironmental Engineering Officer Course, USAF School of Aerospace
Medicine, Brooks Air Force Base, Texas
7. Sep 02 – Sep 05, Student, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
8. Sep 05 – Jul 07, Chief, Occupational Health Operations Branch, USAF Institute for Operational
Health, Brooks City‐Base, Texas
9. Jul 07 – Mar 08, Chief, Health and Safety Division, USAF Institute for Operational Health, Brooks
City‐Base, Texas
10. Mar 08 – Jun 09, Chief, Risk Analysis Branch, USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks City
‐Base, Texas
11. Jul 09 – May 12, Commander, Detachment 3, USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Kadena Air
Base, Japan
12. Jun 12 – Jun 15, Commander, 6th Medical Support Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida
13. Aug 15 – Jun 16, Commander, 48th Medical Operations Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom
14. Jul 16 – Present, Commander, 23d Medical Group, Moody AFB

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with silver oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

Second Lieutenant 29 May 1991
First Lieutenant 29 May 1993
Captain 29 May 1995
Major 1 April 2002
Lieutenant Colonel 1 April 2008
Colonel 1 August 2015