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MEDDAC Deputy Commander for Medical Services


COLONEL J. Steven Birchfield

COL Birchfield attended the University of Tampa on a four year ROTC scholarship and graduated in 1989 with a Degree in Business Management, with minors in both finance and marketing.   He was commissioned as a 2LT, and served as a Medical Platoon leader for the 1/503rd Infantry at both Camp Hovey and Camp Howze, Korea.  On completion of his Korea tour, he went to Airborne/Air Assault School on the way to Germany as a Plans/Operations/Medical Regulating Officer for the 68th Medical Group in

Wiesbaden, Germany.  After multiple missions in support of Reforger/Operation Dragon Hammer and supporting deployed elements to Zagreb,  Croatia,  CPT Birchfield transitioned to Command the HHD of the 421st Medical Evacuation Battalion in support of both the missions in Hungary/Somalia while simultaneously earning a Master's Degree in Business.


On completion of Command, he attended the Officer's Advanced Course and transitioned to an assignment as an instructor for the Officer's Basic Course before accepting a deployed assignment as the Chief of Plans, Training, and Operations for the USAMEDDAC Wurzburg in support of the 67th Combat Support hospital in Bosnia.   Returning to Fort Sam Houston and the Officer's Basic Course he took responsibility for All Corp, HPSP, and Reserve Officer's basic course as a Senior Instructor before separating from Service to attend Medical School on an HPSP scholarship at the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio.  


On Graduation from Medical School, he attended an Internal Medicine Residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii.  On graduation, MAJ Birchfield was assigned as the Brigade Surgeon for the 173rd Airborne in Vicenza, Italy and deployed in for 15 months as the Task Force Surgeon for the 173rd in Afghanistan during 15 months of heavy combat.   On return to Italy, LTC Birchfield completed ILE and was then assigned to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center as an inpatient/outpatient Internal Medicine physician, Internal Medicine Clinic Chief, Deputy of the Department of Medicine, and Chief Medical Information Officer for the Hospital and then European Region.  LTC Birchfield accepted an assignment at Fort Carson as the Medical Director of Inpatient Service.  COL Birchfield was then selected as the Chief of the Department of Medicine, and the Deputy Commander for Medical Services.



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Last Modified 16 September, 2015