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COLONEL CHRISTOPHER M. GRUSSENDORF

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Col Christopher M. Grussendorf is the Commander, 72d Medical Group, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. He is responsible for planning, organizing, developing and implementing the delivery of optimal health services to over 54,000 Department of Defense beneficiaries, the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex and all hosted units. Additionally, the 72d Medical Group strives to maximize wartime and peacetime readiness and support for worldwide deployment and to provide an integrated managed care system for our 25,000 TRICARE Prime enrollees in DoD Region South.

Col Grussendorf is a native of Virginia Beach, Va. He attended Mary Washington College in Virginia where he earned his Bachelor of Science of Biology degree. He attended the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree. He was commissioned in the Air Force during his Family Medicine residency program. His first active duty assignment following medical training was at Little Rock AFB, Ark., where he served as a family physician and flight surgeon. He attended the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health where he served as Chief Resident in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and earned his Master of Public Health degree. He completed a second residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and is dual board certified. He served as Occupational Medicine Consultant at Edwards AFB, Ca. Col Grussendorf later served as the Chief of the Medical Staff and Deputy Medical Group Commander for the 23d Medical Group, Moody AFB, Ga. He has deployments as a physician during OEF and OIF, and experience preparing the Joint Warfighter for world-wide contingency operations. Prior to command of the 72d Medical Group, Col Grussendorf commanded the 78th Aerospace Medicine Squadron at Robins AFB, Ga.

EDUCATION
1995 Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Mary Washington College, Va.
1999 Doctor of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Va.
2002 Family Medicine Residency, Chesterfield Family Medicine Residency Program, Va.
2004 Squadron Officer School (BDE), Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2005 Distinguished Graduate, Aerospace Medicine Primary Course, San Antonio, Texas
2007 Air Command and Staff College (IDE), Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2008 Master of Public Health, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, Md.
2009 Occupational & Environmental Medicine Residency, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, Md
2012 Air War College (SDE), Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2013 Joint Operations Medical Management Course (JOMMC)
2015 Interagency Institute for Federal Healthcare Executives
2016 Joint Senior Medical Leaders Course (JSMLC)

ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 1999–May 2002, Resident in Family Medicine, USAFR Financial Aid Program (FAP), Va.
2. August 2002–July 2005, Family Medicine Physician and Clinic Element Chief, 314th MDG, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.
3. July 2005–June 2007, Flight Surgeon and Deputy Chief of the Medical Staff, 314th MDG, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
4. July 2007–June 2009, Residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine through Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, Md.
5. July 2009–May 2012, Occupational Medicine Consultant, 95th MDG, Edwards AFB, Calif.
6. June 2012–July 2014, Chief of Medical Staff and Deputy Medical Group Commander, 23d MDG, Moody AFB, Ga.
7. July 2014–August 2016, Commander, 78th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Robins AFB, Ga.
8. August 2016-Present, Commander, 72d Medical Group, Tinker AFB, Okla.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Flight Surgeon
Flight hours: more than 255
Aircraft Flown: C130E/H/J, UH60A/H, F-16D and E8C/A

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Aerial Achievement Award
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with five oak leaf clusters
2013 ACC Chief of the Medical Staff Commitment to Excellence Award

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS:
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)
Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA)
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Residency Advisory Committee
AMSUS Society of Federal Health Professionals

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Captain 30 Oct. 1999
Major 01 July 2005
Lieutenant Colonel 30 May 2010
Colonel 30 May 2014

(Current as of 11 Jul 2016)