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

Meet Dr. Balserak

Personal History and Interests

Military History

  • 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