COLONEL RUSSELL L. PINARD

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Colonel Russell L. Pinard is the Commander of the 66th Medical Squadron, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. He oversees the daily operations of 157 personnel, with a 125,000 beneficiary population and operating budget of $8.5M. He is directly responsible for all aeromedical services provided to the installation, and more than 200 associated geographically separated units in a seven-state region. The scope of care includes Medical Operations, Aerospace and Operational Medicine, Dental Operations, Mental Health, Medical Logistics and Readiness, TRICARE, Human/Resource Management and Information Management, as well as Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services.

Colonel Pinard received his Doctorate of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in May 1988. After graduation, he joined Opticare Eye Health Center, a civilian ophthalmic practice in Connecticut. He entered the Air Force in 1995 and has served in four separate positions that directly supported the Air Force Surgeon General, commanded three squadrons, and prior to his current assignment, served as the Science & Technology Division Chief, J9 Research & Development for the Defense Health Agency.

Col. Pinard deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and supported OPERATION TOMODACHI while assigned to Misawa Air Base, Japan.

EDUCATION:
1984 Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
1986 Bachelor of Science Degree in Visual Science, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Philadelphia
1988 Doctorate of Optometry, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Philadelphia
1997 Squadron Officer School (correspondence)
2000 Fellow, American Academy of Optometry
2002 Air Command and Staff College (correspondence)
2007 Air War College (correspondence)

ASSIGNMENTS:
1. 1996 – 1998: Staff Optometrist/TRICARE Flight Commander, 20th Medical Group, Shaw AFB, S.C.
2. 1998 – 2003: Manager, Force Structure, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.      
3. 2003 – 2004: TRICARE Flight Commander, 56th Medical Group, Luke Air Force Base, Ari.
4. 2004 – 2006: Chief, Operational Business Planning, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
5. 2006: Commander, 332nd Expeditionary Aerospace Medicine Squadron, 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group, Balad, Iraq
6. 2006 – 2008: Chief, Operational Business Planning, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
7. 2008 – 2011: Commander, 35th Medical Operations Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan
8. 2011 – 2013: Medical Force Development Panel Chair, Medical Force Development, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Va.
9. 2013 – 2014: Commander, 61st Medical Squadron, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.
10. 2014 – 2017: Science & Technology Division Chief, Research Development & Acquisition Directorate, Defense Health Agency, Falls Church, Va.
11. 2017 – present: Commander, 66th Medical Squadron, Hanscom AFB, Mass.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with five oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Captain Nov. 1, 1995
Major May 1, 2000
Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 1, 2005
Colonel Dec. 1, 2012

(Current as of June 2017)