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Colonel Julie R. Ostrand is the Commander of the 5th Medical Group at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. 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 Ostrand grew up in Hinckley, Minnesota. She graduated from nursing school in 1992 from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She was commissioned that same year as a second lieutenant in the Nursing Service Corps. In 2003, Colonel Ostrand received an Air Force Institute of Technology assignment and received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2005. She is a 2015 Air War College graduate. Colonel Ostrand has commanded at the squadron level twice. First she was the 39th Medical Operations Squadron Commander and Chief Nurse Executive of the 39th Medical Group, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Then she led the 6th Medical Operations Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. Colonel Ostrand has also led at the element and flight levels in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has experience as a medical, surgical, and labor and delivery nurse and is a board certified women’s health nurse practitioner.

1992 Bachelor of Arts in Nursing, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
1993 USAF Nurse Internship Program, Eglin AFB, FL
1998 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
1999 Nursing Service Management, Sheppard AFB, TX
2005 Masters of Science in Nursing WHNP, U of M-Twin Cities
2007 Air Command and Staff College, correspondence
2012 Air War College, correspondence
2012 USAFE Squadron Commander Course
2015 Master of Science Strategic Studies, Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL

1.  September 1992 - February 1993, Nurse Internship Program, Eglin AFB, FL
2.  March 1993 - October 1995, Clinical Nurse, Multiservice Unit, Maxwell AFB, AL
3.  October 1995 - October 1996, Clinical Nurse, Obstetrical Unit, Maxwell AFB, AL
4.  October 1996 - January 1997, Clinical Nurse, Family Care Unit, Grand Forks AFB, ND
5.  January 1997 - October 1998, Nurse Manager, Maternal/Child Flt, Grand Forks AFB, ND
6.  October 1998 - November 1999, Family Care Unit Element Chief, Grand Forks AFB, ND
7.  November 1999 - July 2003, Clinical Nurse, Family Care Unit, Bitburg AFB, Germany
8.  August 2003 - July 2005, AFIT Student, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
9.  July 2005 - January 2007, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Elmendorf AFB, AK
10.  January 2007 - August 2009, Element Chief, Women’s Health Clinic/WHNP, Elmendorf AFB, AK
11.  August 2009 - September 2010, Surgical Specialties Flight Commander, Mountain Home AFB, ID
12.  September 2010 – May 2012, OB/GYN Services Flight Commander, Mountain Home AFB, ID
13.  June 2012 – June 2014, 39th Medical Operations Squadron Commander, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey
14.  July 2014 – May 2015, Air War College student, Maxwell AFB, AL
15.  June 2015 – May 2017, Commander, 6th Medical Operations Squadron, MacDill AFB, FL
16.  June 2017 – present, Commander, 5th Medical Group, Minot AFB, ND


Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal with one bronze star
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

2002 52nd Medical Group Company Grade Officer Nurse of the Year
2007 Alaska’s March of Dimes Advance Practice Nurse of the Year
2007 PACAF Nurse Practitioner of the Year

Second Lieutenant July 11, 1992
First Lieutenant July 11, 1994
Captain July 11, 1996
Major September 1, 2004
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2011
Colonel October 1, 2015

(Current as of June 2017)