|COLONEL WILLIAM A. THOMAS JR.|
As the Commander, 49th Medical Group, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Col. (Dr.) William Thomas is responsible for the health and wellness of all personnel assigned to the 49th Wing. He directs medical operations in order to maintain combat-ready deployable medical units; manages a multimillion dollar budget to provide comprehensive healthcare to more than 18,000 beneficiaries; promotes wellness and fitness through an aggressive health promotion program; and ensures compliance with health and environmental regulatory standards.
Colonel Thomas entered the Air Force through the Health Professions Scholarship Program in 1987. After completing an Air Force internship and residency in Internal Medicine he practiced as a solo internal medicine specialist at overseas locations in the Air Force for seven years. During this time he served as affiliate faculty for Advanced Cardiac Life Support and developed a cooperative medical student teaching program with a Japanese Medical School. In subsequent assignments as Chief of the Medical Staff, Chief of Aerospace Medicine, Squadron Commander and Deputy Group Commander, he has been instrumental in developing model programs for professional staff management, implementation of aerospace medicine programs and delivery of healthcare services for all base beneficiaries. Colonel Thomas has led his hospitals and clinics through multiple civilian and military inspections, resulting in accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. In addition to the Residency in Aerospace Medicine, he has completed training as a Critical Care Air Transport Physician and has provided life saving care in-transport by ground and air on numerous occasions.
Doctor Thomas is board certified in Internal Medicine and Aerospace Medicine, and was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians in 2000. He was selected to attend the Interagency Institute for Federal Healthcare Executives in 2005 and received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2008 during his residency in Aerospace Medicine. Additionally, he was certified as a physician executive by the American College of Physician Executives in 2009. Personal info removed.
1987 Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, University of Mississippi
1991 Doctor of Medicine, University of Mississippi School of Medicine
1992 Internship in Internal Medicine, Keesler Medical Center, Keesler AFB, Miss.
1994 Residency in Internal Medicine, Keesler Medical Center, Keesler AFB, Miss.
1996 Aerospace Medicine Primary Course, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, Texas
1998 Air Command and Staff College (non-resident program), Misawa Air Base, Japan
2000 Critical Care Air Transport Course, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, Texas
2002 Air War College (non-resident program), Aviano AB, Italy
2005 Interagency Institute for Federal Healthcare Executives, George Washington University,
2008 Master of Public Health, University of Southern Mississippi
2009 Residency in Aerospace Medicine, Brooks City Base, Texas
June 91 - June 1994, Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine, Keesler AFB, Miss.
July 1994 - June 1996, Staff Internist, 39th Medical Group, Incirlik AB Hospital, Turkey
September 1996 - May 2001, Chief Internal Medicine, Assistant Chief of Medical Staff, then Chief of Medical Staff, 35th Medical Group, Misawa AB, Japan
June 2001 - June 2003, Chief of Medical Staff, 31st Medical Group, Aviano AB, Italy
July 2003 - June 2005, Commander, 27th Aeromedical Dental Squadron; Chief of Medical Staff, Chief of Aeromedical Services and Deputy Group Commander, 27th Medical Group, Cannon AFB, N.M.
July 2005 - May 2007, Commander, 374th Aerospace Medicine Squadron and Chief of Aeromedical Services, 374th Medical Group, Yokota AB, Japan
June 2007 - June 2008, Master of Public Health, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Miss.
June 2008 - July 2009, Resident, School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks City-Base, Texas
July 2009 - July 2010, Commander, 60th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, David Grant U.S. Air Force Medical Center, Travis AFB, Calif.
July 2010 - Present, Commander, 49th Medical Group, Holloman Medical Treatment Facility, Holloman AFB, N.M.
Board Certification, Internal Medicine (American Board of Internal Medicine)
Board Certification, Aerospace Medicine (American Board of Preventive Medicine)
Certified Physician Executive (Certifying Commission on Medical Management)
Certified Health Education Specialist (National Commission on Health Education Credentialing)
Fellow, American College of Physicians
Member, American College of Physician Executives
Member, Aerospace Medicine Association
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
National Defense Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Feb. 19, 1987
Captain May 26, 1991
Major May 26, 1997
Lieutenant Colonel May 28, 2002
Colonel May 28, 2008
(Current as of February 2011)