COLONEL TASHA L. PRAVECEK

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Colonel Tasha L. Pravecek is the Commander of the 5th Medical Group at Minot AFB, ND.  The mission of the 5th Medical Group is to ensure nuclear surety and combat readiness through outstanding health care (nukes, boots and band-aids).  She enables the Mighty Medics to deliver superior medical services for the 5th Bomb Wing, 91st Missile Wing and Minot's 12,500 beneficiaries. 

Colonel Pravecek was commissioned in May 1990 as a graduate from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.  She has served as a research toxicologist, instructor of chemistry, health risk assessment consultant, bioenvironmental engineer, weapons of mass destruction analyst, Air Force Research Laboratory staff officer, Senior Service School Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory, Squadron Commander for the 5th Medical Support Squadron at Minot AFB and AFMC Command Bioenvironmental Engineer.

EDUCATION:

1990 BS in Biology, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO
1994 MS in Biological Chemistry, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
2000 PhD in Environmental Science, University of NC at Chapel Hill, NC
2004 MS in Military Operational Arts, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL

MILITARY EDUCATION:

1992 Army Expert Field Medical Badge
1995 Squadron Officers School, correspondence
1996 Squadron Officers School, in residence, Distinguished Graduate & Chief of Staff Flight
2001 Air Command & Staff College, correspondence
2004 Air Command & Staff College, in residence, Top Third
2006 Air War College, correspondence
2007 Intermediate Executive Skills course, Sheppard AFB
2010 AF National Laboratory Technical Fellowship, Argonne National Laboratory
2012 Interagency Institute for Healthcare Executives
2015 Joint Medical Executive Skills Institute Capstone Course for Military Health System Leaders

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. 2012-2014, Command Bioenvironmental Engineer, HQ AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
2. 2010-2012, Commander, 5th Medical Support Squadron, Minot AFB, ND
3. 2009-2010, National Laboratory Technical Fellowship, Argonne National Laboratory, IL
4. 2007-2009, Deputy Chief, Strategic Planning & Transformation Division, Plans & Programs Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
5. 2006-2007, Deputy Chief Applied Biotechnology Branch, Human Effectiveness Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
6. 2004-2006, Chief, Chemical Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High Yield Explosives Education, Research and Analysis, HQ USAF Counterproliferation Center, Maxwell AFB, AL
7. 2003-2004, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL - Top 33% of Graduates
8. 2002-2003, Chief, Bioenvironmental Engineering,  354th Medical Operations Squadron, Eielson AFB, AK
9. 2000-2002, Chief Chemistry & Toxicology, Health Risk Consultant, Consultant Operations Division, HQ Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence, Brooks AFB, TX
10. 1997-2000, Graduate Student, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC - Top 10% of Graduates and Delta Omega member
11. 1995-1997, Instructor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO
12. 1991-1995, Research Toxicologist/Chief Cell & Tissue Culture Section, Toxicology Division, Armstrong Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
13. 1990-1991, Assistant Bioenvironmental Engineer, Andrews AFB, MD
14.  1986-1990, Student, US Air Force Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO - Top 15% of Graduates

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Chemical Society 1998-2007
American Society of Microbiology 1999-2000
Association of Graduates, U.S. Air Force Academy Life Member
Oxygen Society 1994-1995
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 1997-2004
Tissue Slice Users Group, Board Member 1994-1995

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal with 6 devices
Air Force Commendation Medal with 1 device
Air Force Achievement Medal with 3 devices
AF Outstanding Unit Award
AF Organizational Excellence Award with 3 devices
National Defense Service Medal with 1 device
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with 1 device
AF Overseas Ribbon Long
AF Longevity Service with 6 devices
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with 1 device
AF Training Ribbon

DATES OF PROMOTIONS:

Second Lieutenant May 1990
First Lieutenant May 1992
Captain May 1994
Major Aug 2001
Lieutenant Colonel (BPZ) Dec 2006
Colonel Feb 2014

(Current as of March 2016)