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Col JENNIFER T. VECCHIONE

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Colonel Jennifer T. Vecchione is the Commander, 51st Medical Group, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.

 

As commander, she provides leadership and direction to personnel across three squadrons in the Air Force’s most forward-deployed permanent wing. The group’s primary mission is to provided trusted care and optimize human performance for over 21,000 warfighters, dependents and DoD civilians in 7th Air Force, 51st Fighter Wing and 10 geographically separated units in peacetime and contingency operations. She oversees the Air Force’s largest war reserve materiel program valued at $94 million, ensures wartime readiness for 38 Air Force specialty codes within 22 disaster teams, and manages five forward operating bases. In addition, Col Vecchione works intimately with the Republic of Korea to ensure strong partnerships with five top-tier trauma centers on the peninsula. Finally, she supports the only United States Air Force Emergency Room, Operating Room and Inpatient Unit in the Republic of Korea. 

 

EDUCATION

1996      Bachelor of Science, Human Factors Engineering, United States Air Force                         Academy, CO

1997      Fundamental of Systems Acquisition Management, Level I, San Antonio, TX

2001       Masters of Science, Physical Therapy, U.S. Army-Baylor Physical Therapy, Fort Sam, TX

2002       Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL (residence)

2002       Biomedical Officer Orientation, Sheppard Air Force Base, TX

2005       Intermediate Systems Acquisition, Level II, Defense Acquisitions University (correspondence)

2009       Air Command and Staff College (correspondence)

2012       Intermediate Medical Executive Skills Course, San Antonio, TX

2013       Air War College (correspondence)

2018       Senior Development Education (residence) CSAF Blue Horizons Fellowship, Maxwell AFB, AL

2018       Masters of Science, Airpower Strategy and Technology Integration, Maxwell AFB, AL

2020       Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Missoula, MT

 

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. May 1996 - Dec 1999: Test Psychologist and Test Construction Team Chief, Air Force Occupational Measurement Squadron, Randolph AFB, TX
  2. Dec 1999 - Jun 2001: AFIT Student, Army-Baylor Physical Therapy Program, Fort Sam, TX
  3. Jul 2001 - Jun 2004: Physical Therapy Element Chief, 45th MDOS, Patrick AFB, FL
  4. Jul 2004 - Aug 2005: Executive Officer to the Air Force Surgeon General, Pentagon, DC
  5. Aug 2005 - Aug 2008: Physical Therapy Element Chief, 35th MDOS, Misawa AB, Japan
  6. Aug 2008 - Nov 2011: Health Promotion Flight Commander, 30th MDOS, Vandenberg AFB, CA
  7. Aug 2010 - Aug 2012: Biomedical Sciences Corps Executive, 30th MDG, Vandenberg AFB, CA
  8. Nov 2011 - Jul 2012: Primary Care Flight Commander, 30th MDOS, Vandenberg AFB, CA
  9. Aug 2012 - Jun 2014: Peds, PT, OT Flight Commander, 99th MDOS, Nellis AFB, NV
  10. July 2013 - Jun 2014: Biomedical Sciences Corps Executive, 99th MDG, Nellis AFB, NV
  11. Jun 2014 - Apr 2016: Commander, 15th MDOS, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI
  12. Apr 2016 - Jul 2017: Executive Officer, 7th Air Force, Osan AB, Korea
  13. Jul 2017 - Jun 2018: Student, CSAF Blue Horizons Fellowship Program, Maxwell AFB, AL
  14. Jun 2018 - Jan 2019:  711 HPW Strategic Plans & Programs Advisor, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  15. Feb 2019 – Jul 2020: Deputy Chief, Warfighter Medical Optimization Div, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  16. Jul 2020 – Oct 2020: Commander, 99th MDOS, Nellis AFB, NV
  17. Oct 2020 – Jul 2021: Commander, 99th HCOS, Nellis AFB, NV
  18. Jul 2021 – Present: Commander, 51st MDG, Osan AB, ROK

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal with one silver and one bronze leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Air Force Achievement Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one silver leaf cluster

Air Force Organization Excellence Award with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Recognition Medal

National Defense Service Medal with bronze star

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Korea Defense Service Medal

Armed Forces Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

35th Medical Operations Squadron Field Grade Officer of the Year, 2006

Pacific Air Forces Field Grade Physical Therapist of the Year, 2007

Air Force Space Command Field Grade Physical Therapist of the Year, 2009

Air Combat Command Biomedical Clinician Cat II Field Grade Officer of the Year, 2013 USAF Biomedical Clinician Cat II Field Grade Officer of the Year, 2013

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant          May 29, 1996

First Lieutenant               May 29, 1998

Captain                           May 29, 2000

Major                               October 1, 2006

Lieutenant Colonel          November 1, 2012

Colonel                            May 1, 2020

 

Board Certification

Present: Board-Certified Specialist, Orthopedic Physical Therapy

 

(Current as of July 2021)