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Colonel Lee H. Harvis is the Commander, 374th Medical Group, Yokota Air Base, Japan. Colonel Harvis is also the Command Surgeon for the 5th Air Force and U.S. Forces Japan. As the 374th Medical Group Commander, he is responsible for the health and wellness of 11,000 beneficiaries at Yokota Air Base, the U.S. Embassy Japan, the 5th Air Force, and U.S. Forces Japan. As the 5th Air Force Surgeon, Colonel Harvis is the air component surgeon to U.S. Forces Japan. As the U.S. Forces Japan Surgeon, he is responsible for all medical policy for U.S. forces within Japan. Colonel Harvis is also a fully qualified UH-1N mission pilot for the 459th Airlift Squadron, Yokota Air Base.

Colonel Harvis entered the Air Force on a ROTC Scholarship to study aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan and was commissioned in 1985. He was awarded pilot wings in 1986 and served as an H-3 aircraft commander in Iceland, Patrick AFB, and Korea. Colonel Harvis graduated in 1996 from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine through the USAF Health Professions Scholarship Program. He was a distinguished graduate at the USAF Aerospace Medicine Primary Course and was the Chief Resident, USAF Residency in Aerospace and Occupational Medicine, School of Aerospace Medicine. During his career, he served as AFSOC's 23rd Air Force Surgeon and Chief of Aerospace Medicine, the Commander of the 51st Aerospace Medicine Squadron, a rescue liaison to the NASA Space Shuttle program, and commanded the 66th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (HH-60 helicopters) in Operation NORTHERN and SOUTHERN WATCH. In January 2002, following the events of "9-11", Colonel Harvis was deployed to Operation ENDURING FREEDOM where he established a forward operating base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, serving as the 66th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron's first Detachment Commander, and was awarded the Bronze Star. Colonel Harvis also served as the Joint Special Operations Air Component Surgeon in Haiti during Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE and as the US Forces Japan Surgeon for Operation TOMADACHI's earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster medical response.

Colonel Harvis is board certified in Aerospace Medicine, board eligible in Occupational Medicine, and is one of the Air Force's few pilot-physicians. A Command Pilot and Senior Flight Surgeon, he has more than 2,500 hours, including 60 plus combat hours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

1985 Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, MI
1987 Master of Arts, Management, Webster University, MO
1988 Squadron Officer School, correspondence
1996 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, PA
1997 Transitional Internship, Botsford General Hospital, MI
2003 Master of Public Health, International Health, Harvard University, MA
2004 Residency in Aerospace Medicine, USAFSAM, Brooks City-Base, TX
2005 Residency in Occupational Medicine, USAFSAM, Brooks City-Base, TX
2006 Interagency Institute for Federal Healthcare Executives, George Washington University
2007 Air War College, correspondence
2011 Lean for Healthcare Executives, University of Tennessee

1. June 1985 - March 1986, Student Pilot, 588th Flying Training Squadron, Ft Rucker, AL
2. March 1986 - August 1986, HH-3E qualification, 1550th Combat Crew Training Wing, Kirtland AFB, NM
3. August 1986 - August 1987, HH-3E Heavylift Rescue combat pilot, 67th Air Rescue & Recovery Service, Keflavik NAS, Iceland
4. August 1987- July 1992, Aircraft Commander, Search and Rescue, HH-3E/Chief of Scheduling, 41st Air Rescue Squadron, Patrick AFB, FL
5. July 1992 - July 1997, Medical School, USAF Health Professions Scholarship, Philadelphia, PA
6. July 1997 - May 1999, Flight Surgeon, Assistant Director of Operations, 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV
7. May 1999- September 1999, HH-60G Pilot Mission Qualification, 512th Special Operations Squadron, Kirtland AFB, NM
8. September 1999- June 2003, Pilot-Physician/Assistant Director of Operations/HH-60G Aircraft Commander, 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV
9. June 2003 - July 2005, Residency in Aerospace /Occupational Medicine, Chief Resident, School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks City-Base, TX
10. July 2005 - August 2007, Commander, 51st Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Osan AB, ROK
11. Aug 2007 -- June 2009, Chief of Human System Integration, HQ AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, FL
12. January 2008 -- UH-1N Pilot Qualification, 512th Special Operations Squadron, Kirtland AFB, NM
13. June 2009 - July 2010, 23d AF SG, Chief Of Aerospace Medicine, HQ AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, FL
14. 26 July 2010 - Present, Commander, 374th Medical Group, USFJ & 5th AF Surgeon, Yokota AB, Japan

Rating: Pilot-Physician / Command Pilot / Senior Flight Surgeon
Flight Hours: More than 2,500 hours
Aircraft Flown: TH-55, UH-1, HH-3E, HH-60G, OH-58, T-37, T-38, F-16, C-130, C-5, C-141, CV-22

Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with one star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
7th AF Lance P Sijan Nominee (FGO) 2006
99 ABW Lance P Sijan Nominee (FGO) 2002
Julian E Ward Memorial Award 2006

Second Lieutenant May 29, 1985
First Lieutenant May 29, 1987
Captain Oct. 2, 1992
Major Oct. 2, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel May 31, 2004 (BTZ)
Colonel May 31, 2010

(Current as of September 2011)

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