State Air Surgeons

Of interest from Col Yang:

Current President of Society of SAS is Col. Heidi Kjos,

As for Alliance of ANG Flight Surgeons’ (AANGFS) refresher course 7-8 July (Sat-Sun) in Gulf Port, MS, Col. Ken Egerstrom and Chief Faith Federspiel of NGB/SG Directorate are doing the heavy lifting, with me contributing as President of AANGFS. Col. Bill Pond, Ret.,copied above, is AANGFS webmaster. Plz reach out to them, and me, if you have any question or idea about AANGFS.

Thank you again for your volunteerism and energy.

Great to have MSgt Maxson on board–WWP

 On Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 4:53 PM, Maxson, Carissa J MSgt USAF NGB SG (US) <> wrote:Good afternoon,

We have identified some discrepancies with some of the previous attachments.
For clarity, please ensure you are using the following updated documents:

AFMSA Memo_Certification and Waiver Authority Update for AFI 48-123 (with
Attachment 2 Table)
ANG Certification Waiver Authority Table_v6a (15 Feb 2018)

Please be sure to discard all copies of the previous documents.

In addition, there have been some questions and requests for additional
information regarding future SAS Courses. Please see below for our current
SAS training schedule:

23-24 April 2018 // Location: JB Andrews, MD (ANGRC)
9-11 July 2018 // Location: Gulfport, MS (CRTC)
Oct 2018 (TBD) // Location: JB Andrews, MD (ANGRC)

Recently, we sent a notification indicating the 23-24 April 18 SAS Course is
now available for registration. Currently, the registration process involves
sending an email request to Lt Col Owens. I am also able to register
individuals for training. Once we receive and acknowledge your email
request, you should receive an email confirmation with Reporting
Instructions within one (1) week. If you have not received a reply, please
contact me directly.


Comm: (240) 612-9238, DSN 612-9238
Work iPhone: (301) 675-0571

—–Original Message—–
From: Maxson, Carissa J MSgt USAF NGB SG (US)
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2018 8:06 AM
Subject: Important SAS Updates

Good afternoon,

I am sending this email to introduce myself and offer my services as the new
SAS Program POC from NGB/SG.

My name is MSgt Carissa Maxson and my home unit is the 154 MDG at JB Pearl
Harbor-Hickam . I’ve recently returned from a two year detail in the
ANGRC/CC’s Command Support Staff, but my ties to NGB/SG reach back to July
2011. Now that I have returned to NGB/SG, I have been placed in NGB/SGPS,
Physical Exams and Standards, and assigned as a new POC for the State Air
Surgeon program. Lt Col Tremikae Owens (NGB/SGPS) and I are excited to
continue connecting with you to see how we can help to make the program

One of our goals is to ensure you receive timely communication. There have
been important changes that you will need to be aware of. This information
has already been provided to your HSTs in an email earlier this week.

First, see attached Guidance Memorandum for AFI 48-123 issued on 28 Jan 18
and review the changes.  Please note, AFI 48-123 is currently under
re-write. We will communicate updates as soon as possible.

Second, the current version of “Attachment 2, Certification and Waiver
Authority” for AFI 48-123 can be found on the 25 May 2016 Memorandum from
the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General. See attached “Memorandum
Certification and Waiver Authority Update for AFI 48-123.” It will be
incorporated into the re-write of AFI 48-123. In the meantime, the May 2016
memorandum regarding Certification and Waiver Authority remains on the
Knowledge Exchange and is still in effect.

Third, we have made some clarifications to the “ANG Certification/Waiver
Authority Table” as of 9 Feb 18. Please see attached.

Finally, Medical Readiness University (MRU) Registration for the next SAS
Course (09-11 July 2018) is available now through 11 May 2018, or until
filled. For your convenience, please see the attached “FINAL MRU ROE” for
the registration link, registration instructions and list of courses offered
with dates.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact either Lt
Col Owens at or myself and we will be happy
to assist.


Physical Examinations and Standards Branch
ANG, Office of the Air Surgeon
Comm: (240) 612-9238, DSN 612-9238
Work iPhone: (301) 675-0571



Col Scott McPherson, SAS, leader, mentor & friend.

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Honoring the memory of a truly great citizen of the world, Sir Winston Churchill–Jim Rauh, Milton Mutchnik, Bill Pond celebraing at the Michigan Churchill Society dinner

Hotflash: ANGI40-102 for State Air Surgeons is out!! 

And if you want to look at the MEDFAC report to ADFAC or Budget 15 Analysis, please look in the documents section.


This is the spot for State Air Surgeon stuff–and other items of interest in the password protected area.


5 Responses to State Air Surgeons

  1. William Pond says:

    State Air Surgeons: You can only be associated with one GMU in your state. If there are multiple GMUs and you choose to see patients at a GMU you are not associated with, you must schedule an appointment for that patient using your AHLTA account. You will not be able to view appointments at the unassociated GMU. GMUs don’t have visibility of other GMUs.

  2. Col William W. Pond, MD says:

    Col Scott McPherson
    Hale and fond farewell after such a valiant history of service for the citizens of our nation. Retiring after 25+ years of military service and 8 as a State Air Surgeon, Scott has provided senior leadership and mentorship for the new generation. As vice chair of the MEDFAC and chair of the Human Weapons System Council, he has impacted national policy and education. LtCol Mark Shirley has some big shoes to fill; we know that he will do well. Scott has a wide diversity of interests, and we eagerly await his next book, which will be prominently reviewed in the AANGFS newsletter.
    Scott we wish you the best. Thank you for your friendship, leadership and service—WWP

    • Garry Moore says:

      Bye Scott we’ll miss you. It has always been good to see you in a meeting and know that the meeting will not be a waste because if you’re there we’ll be learning something even if it’s about the Congo. I know you’ll enjoy all the new time your going to have, I didn’t say free time because I know it’ll quickly be filled.

      It has been fun but I expect to punch out too next year.

  3. Doc Pond says:

    Check out this

      SAS Training Information

    from Maj Ludtke
    (and thanks for posting the dates so that docs can plan–WWP)

    Subject: SAS Training Events

    Good Afternoon,
    We pounded the office with State Air Surgeon training last year. 8 events
    took place and over 15 SAS trained, but it took away from other
    requirements. I’ve been directed to cut down the number of training events
    this year, so we’ve set the dates now and ask every State to carefully
    review your State’s status and to plan ahead for training of replacements.
    If someone new is appointed at the last minute, the State will have to wait
    until the next event occurs.

    Initial SAS training (may be used as SAS refresher but schedule cannot be
    modified/shortened for individuals):
    15-17 March, 2016
    10-12 May, 2016
    20-22 Sep, 2016
    7-11 Nov, 2016

    We’ve avoided major holidays and tried to space the events out. There’s not
    much more I can do to accommodate. We’re also going to try something new
    this year with a half day spent touring the new Defense Health HQ and
    Pentagon to introduce you to further opportunities outside of your State.

    ***The following State Air Surgeons are due refresher training this year:
    AK, AL, CT, DC, DE, GA, HA, IA, KS, MA, MD, MI, MS, NC, ND, NE, NY, OH, RI,
    SC, SD, TX, VT, WI, WY*** Yup, we need to accommodate 22 SAS refresher needs
    this year.

    You may use the training events for new SAS listed above, or the annual SAS
    refresher training scheduled 18-20 July, 2016 in conjunction with HPET to
    meet your requirement.

    All events will be hosted at the ANG Readiness Center, JB Andrews, MD.
    Lodging is available at the Presidential Inn or I can provide suggestions
    for nearby quality lodging without a conceal carry requirement.

    If we meet all training requirements and still have room available, we can
    consider allowing senior physicians to attend, such as MDG/SGP.

    All training is at unit expense (State Joint Force HQ for SAS).

    POC is MSgt Riley for any questions.

    J. Rick Ludtke, Maj, USAF, MC, FS
    Aerospace Medicine Specialist
    Chief, Flight and Operational Medicine Branch (NGB/SGPF)

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