10 AF Surgeon General Chief Q&A

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  • By Senior Master Sgt. Ted Daigle
  • 10th Air Force

The last few days have been a whirlwind of events for Lt. Col. Terri Gilmore, the Surgeon General Chief, Health Services Administrator here. She recently transferred from Travis Air Force Base, California to stand up a newly created position. Gilmore shares how she can help serve Reserve Citizen Airmen throughout the 10th Air Force. 

Q: Good morning, ma’am. Can you give us a brief rundown on your military career?

A: Sure. After commissioning, I became a Space and Missiles Officer. I worked with Global Positioning System satellites as a satellite engineer, instructor, and tactician at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado. In 2008, I completed a master’s degree in Health Administration and transitioned to the Air Force Reserves to be a Medical Service Corps Officer. Since entering the Medical Service Corps, I have deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operations Allied Welcome to conduct aeromedical evacuation operations. In my civilian role, I serve as a registered nurse. I’ve worked for the Veterans Health Administration serving the veteran population in western New York and Northern California.

Q: How would you describe your role?

A: The Surgeon General Chief, Health Services Administration position was identified as a need at all of the Numbered Air Forces and recently established at 10th Air Force. In my role, I advocate for the Reserve Medical Units within the 10th Air Force. I am also the conduit to ensure issues, those big rocks affecting medical units, are captured and elevated to 10th AF staff and leadership. Additionally, I will work closely with Surgeon General Numbered Air Forces to share best practices and highlight successes from the 10th Air Force medical units.

Q: What are your goals while serving at the 10th AF?

A: My goal is to be engaged with Reserve Unit Medical leadership to improve medical readiness. That includes Individual Medical Readiness (IMR) statistics and assisting with efforts to significantly decrease the time it takes to resolve medical cases needing review. The focus will be on Air Force Reserve Command’s priorities to accelerate readiness and emphasize the Air Force Reserve’s fitness for duty.