Anatomy of an Alumnus
Examining the bodies of work of the 2010 alumni honorees
Lt. Gen. C. Bruce Green, MD ’78, MPH, receives this year’s Alumnus of the Year Award for his service to his country and dedication to the health and safety of the men and women of the United States Air Force.
Voice of reason: “I have pursued my military career tirelessly and believe
I have made a difference for our Wounded Warriors. I have been true
to our professional ethic and learning but always thought only those pursuing excellence in academic medicine could be Alumnus of the Year. My pursuits have been in the application of our art, and I am stunned and incredibly proud to be named.”
Heart of the matter: Dr. Green is an expert in disaster relief operations.
He led rescue efforts in the Philippines following the 1990 Baguio City earthquake. He planned joint medical responses for operations Desert Thunder and Desert Fox. Heavily involved in aeromedical evacuation, Dr. Green played a key role in the evolution of the air transportable hospital and the Air Force’s first transportable trauma center.
Task at hand: Dr. Green is Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force. He oversees a budget in excess of $6 billion and a service of about 42,000 officers, enlisted and civilian personnel in a worldwide system of health care that operates 75 military treatment facilities, including 16 hospitals and medical centers. The Air Force Medical Service delivers medical care for more than 2.6 million people, including active duty, family members and retirees. He previously served as USAF Deputy Surgeon General. He also has served as commander of three Air Force hospitals and Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland AFB, Texas.
Gut feeling: “My early work with flyers and their families inspired me to fully adopt Air Force values of integrity, service before self, and excellence in all we do. I found myself always looking for a better way to accomplish the mission. Today, Air Force Expeditionary Medical Systems have successfully responded in just the last year to earthquakes in Indonesia, Haiti and Chili. Air Evacuation has now moved over 70,000 casualties with only four loses in nine years from Afghanistan and Iraq. I am blessed that the Air Force has seen fit to promote me and let me continue to build my skills and expertise.”
Legwork: Medical training
- Family Medicine residency, Eglin Regional Hospital, Eglin AFB, Fla., 1981;
- Master’s in Public Health, Harvard University, 1988;
- Aerospace Medicine residency, Brooks AFB, Texas, 1989.
Feet on the ground:
Home – Washington, D.C.
Family – wife, Becca; daughters Kelly, Kristen, Rachel, and Jordan-Claire
Hobbies – biking, computing, motorhome travel
Dr. Green’s Sidelights
On applying his medical knowledge to the Air Force
“When assigned to the Philippines, my training really paid off in first response to 5 aircraft accidents, a flood, a coup, a typhoon, an earthquake, and ultimately the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century. Each event was different but the response was similar and I found ways to improve each response. Later, these skills and expertise led to me being involved with development of smaller, modular response capabilities linked to air evacuation. I seemed to always be in the right job to influence further development of these concepts.”
On the Air Force lifestyle
“I have been a bit of a vagabond for over 30 years. My wife and four daughters have moved nearly every two years as I was promoted and transferred. Home is the Air Force - whether Wisconsin, Florida (x3), California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Texas (x2), Philippines, Azores, Idaho, Colorado, Illinois, or D.C. – we have enjoyed every assignment. I have jogged, biked, skied, and swam around the world. I believe I have now travelled to nearly 100 countries building partnerships and caring for Americans. I have had the privilege of meeting nearly half of the world leaders in the Middle East. And now I work directly with both executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government directly.”
On his children
“Three of my four daughters have completed college. My oldest, Kelly, is a pharmacist. Next is Kristen who lives in New York City working for Bank of America and acting off-Broadway. Rachel is a private pilot and photographer who seeks to become a naval aviator. Jordan-Claire (JC) is an actress, having starred in four feature films and multiple series. JC is on sabbatical from acting and now is in her first year of nursing school at Texas Christian University. JC has taken up a lot of our spare time with trips for auditions and awards to Los Angeles. The most interesting for me was the MTV awards where she and I walked the red carpet with the stars.”
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