ANG selects 111th Medical Group doctor as Flight Surgeon of the Year
By Master Sgt. Christopher Botzum, 111th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published January 12, 2012
WILLOW GROVE AIR RESERVE STATION, Pa. -- On May 1, 2011, the Air National Guard selected Maj. (Dr.) Adam Colombo of the 111th Medical Group as "Flight Surgeon of the Year" for 2010. This award recognizes outstanding accomplishments of individuals that directly contribute to the mission of the Air National Guard Medical Services. These contributions "provide force health protection for all assigned personnel and delivers competent medical forces to Combatant Commanders and a homeland response capability to the United States and its territories," said Chief Master Sgt. Kelly M. Gunson, Chief Medical Enlisted Force and Manpower, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
Colombo's contributions to the Wing and the Air National Guard are highly notable. He deployed to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze from November through December last year. During this deployment, he directed a team of multinational medical and safety support members for evacuation of personnel from the region. He initiated programs to ensure continuity of work center activities and streamlined the swap out efforts as various teams cycled in and out of the continent.
Logging numerous flight hours in various airframes, Maj. Colombo trained and worked with joint and multinational forces performing casualty evacuation and transport. He completed joint medical attendant transport training geared towards patient care and aero-medical equipment operation.
Formal presentation of this award will be held Jun. 27, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. In attendance and presenting the award will be Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Charles B. Green, Air Force Surgeon General and Col. Brett Wyrick, National Guard Bureau Air Surgeon.
Colombo is an accomplished emergency room physician in the Lehigh Valley where he instructs medical residents on advanced cardiac and pediatric life support. He is an assistant professor at DeSales and Temple University. Major Colombo is also a volunteer with his local fire department. He is an accomplished skydiver.
Major Colombo will join other Air Force Command winners and vie for "Air Force Flight Surgeon of the Year." The committee will perform a final review and select a winner Air Force wide. The depth of his qualifications, contributions and experience will undoubtedly raise the bar for those selected for this prestigious award.