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Air Force officials welcome new surgeon general

8/12/2009 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force's 20th surgeon general took office during a Pentagon ceremony presided over by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz Aug. 12 here.

Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Charles B. Green was the Air Force's deputy surgeon general since August 2006, and he replaced Lt. Gen. (Dr.) James G. Roudebush, who retired.

Doctor 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 in 1981 at Eglin Regional Hospital at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and in aerospace medicine in 1989 at Brooks AFB, Texas. 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.

Doctor Green has served as commander of three hospitals and Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland AFB, Texas. As command surgeon for three major commands, he planned joint medical response for operations 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 is also holds a rating of chief flight surgeon with 1,200 hours in the B-52 Stratofortress, C-5 Galaxy, C-9, C-21, C-130 Hercules, C-141, H-53, KC-135 Stratotanker, T-43, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, P-3, T-37 Tweet, T-38 Talon, UH-1N Huey and HH-60G Pave Hawk.

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