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Senate confirms next Air Force surgeon general

5/22/2009 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Senate has confirmed Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Charles Bruce Green to become the Air Force's 20th surgeon general.

General Green is currently the Air Force's deputy surgeon general, a position he has held since August 2006. He will replace Lt. Gen. (Dr.) James G. Roudebush, who is retiring.

General Green was commissioned through the Health Professions Scholarship Program and entered active duty in 1978 after completing his Doctorate of Medicine degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

He completed residency training in family practice at the regional hospital at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in 1981, and in aerospace medicine at Brooks AFB, Texas, in 1989. He is board certified in aerospace medicine.

An expert in disaster relief operations, he planned and led humanitarian relief efforts in the Philippines after the Baguio earthquake in 1990, and in support of Operation Fiery Vigil following the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo.

General Green has served as commander of three hospitals and Wilford Hall Medical Center. As command surgeon for three major commands he planned joint medical response for operations Desert Thunder and Desert Fox, and oversaw aeromedical evacuation for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as assistant surgeon general for health care operations.

He also holds a rating of chief flight surgeon with a total of 1,200 hours in 16 different types of aircraft.

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