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James Balserak, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Meet Dr. Balserak

Personal History and Interests

Military History

Jim Balserak, Brigadier General, MC, CFS
Assistant to the Director, Defense Health Agency
Defense Health Headquarters
Falls Church, Virginia

  • Under Col Balserak's Command, the 162nd Medical Group, 162nd Fighter Wing, Tucson Air National Guard was awarded: The United States Air Force Outstanding Unit Citation 2009
  • Chief Surgeon: Bargram Air Base, Afghanistan (Jan-March 2009)
  • Commander 162nd Medical Group
    162nd Fighter Wing
    Tucson Arizona National Guard (1/05 - 4/10)
  • Meritorious Achievement Award - 162nd Fighter Wing (02/06)
  • Air National Guard 2004 Flight Surgeon of the Year (National Guard Bureau, Washington D.C.)
  • Active Duty Service: Operation Iraqi Freedom
    Baghdad, Iraq (9/04 -11/17/04)
    • Operation Iraqi Freedom- Commander 447th EMEDS, Sather Air Base, Iraq 
      May - Sept 2007
  • State Air Surgeon, Headquarters: Arizona Air National Guard (1/02 - 1/05)
  • Graduate: Air War College, Air Force University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  • Graduate: Top Knife F16 Fighter Surgeons School, Klamath Falls, OR
  • Graduate: Top Knife II F16 Fighter Surgeons School - Luke AFB, AZ
  • Full Colonel (0-6)
  • ANG Assistant to the Command Surgeon USAF Space Command
  • Promoted to Brigadier General October 2011, assigned Assistant for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) Force Health Protection and Readiness, the Pentagon
  • Critical Care Air Transport Team - Ramstein Air Force Base, May-July 2011 - transporting critically wounded servicemen and women to higher levels of surgical care

Military Flying Hours

Total Military 1100  flying hours / 722 Sorties
F-16   749.0 flying hours / 610 Sorties
Combat    93 hours combat time - 73 sorties

Military Awards

  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • NATO ISAF Medal
  • Air Medal - Operation Iraqi Freedom 2007
  • Air Force Aerial Achievement Medal - Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Citation - 447th Air Expeditionary Group, Baghdad International Aiport, Iraq
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border (Combat Zone)
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
  • Air Force Longevity Service
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal
  • Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
  • Air Force Training Ribbon
  • Legion of Merit
  • Arizona ANG 20 year Service Medal

Links to Articles about Iraq Service:

» Tucson Citizen - 11/11/08
» AZ Daily Star - 9/24/04
» AZ Daily Star -12/05/04
» Tucson Citizen -11/24/07

Photo: The Balserak Family

Photo: President Bush with Dr. and Mrs. Balserak
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Photo: Emblem of Arizona Air National Guard - Headquarters Air Staff

Chief Surgeon-447th EMEDS, Baghdad, Iraq, 2004

Commander-447th EMEDS, Baghdad, Iraq, 2007

Commander-162nd Medical Group Deploymen, 2007

455th EMDG
455th EMDG, Afghanistan, 2009


MSLB (Men's Senior League Baseball - Fastpitch Hardball)
Guardsman coaches pro ball
Collecting Baseball/Sports Memorabilia