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LIEUTENANT COLONEL SCOTT R. TONKO

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Lieutenant Colonel Scott R. Tonko is the Commander, 5th Medical Operations Squadron, Minot AFB, ND. As the Commander of 194 active duty and civilian medical personnel, he is responsible for the delivery of comprehensive healthcare to include family practice, flight/missile medicine, mental health, physical therapy, dental services, public health and bioenvironmental protection services for over 12,700 active duty, dependent and retired beneficiaries. He is also responsible for the execution of Minot AFB's Personnel Reliability Program, the largest program in the Department of Defense for America's only dual-wing nuclear-capable installation.Lt Col Tonko was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps in 1994.  After three years of honorable Army service he transitioned to the Air Force Nurse Corps in 1997.  He held a variety of positions to include Medical/Surgical, Post Anesthesia Care, Pain Management Service, Family Practice, Ambulatory Care, Critical Care & Flight Nursing. Prior to his current position, Lieutenant Colonel Tonko served as the first Section Commander for the 959th Inpatient Operations Squadron.  He worked directly with the Commander to lead 9 inpatient Flight Commanders and 577 active duty medical personnel across 22 units.  He was responsible for professional development, projection and processing of annual reports and decorations, as well as Commander oversight and coordination of UCMJ actions for 179 E-1 to E-4 Airmen. Lt Col Tonko is married to the former Joji Jumawan.  They have two children, Tyler (16) and Spencer (13).

EDUCATION
1994  BSN   College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota
2006  MBA/HCM University of Phoenix, Arizona

PME
2001  Squadron Officer School
2007  Air Command and Staff College
2014  Air War College

ASSIGNMENTS
2014 - 2015 Director of Operations-Squadron Section Commander, 959th Inpatient Operations Squadron, Ft Sam Houston, Texas
2011 - 2014 Element Leader, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, San Antonio Military Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas
2010 - 2011 USAF Critical Care/Emergency Nursing Fellow, Lackland AFB, Texas
2006 - 2010 Chief of Clinical Operations, Theater Pt Movement Requirements Center, 13th Air Force, Hickam AFB, Hawaii. 
2003 - 2006 Primary Care Element Chief, 61st Medical Squadron, Los Angeles AFB, California
1999 - 2003 Senior Flight Nurse/Executive Officer, 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Scott AFB, Illinois
1997 - 1999 Clinical Nurse, Family Practice Clinic/MDG Infection Control Officer, Vandenberg AFB, California.
1994 - 1997 Clinical Nurse, Surgical Unit & Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

DEPLOYMENTS
2014      Critical Care Air Transport Team Nurse, 10th EAEF, Ramstein, AB Germany.
2012      Intensive Care Nurse Manager 455th Expeditionary Medical Group Bagram, Afghanistan. 
2008      Clinical Nurse & Operations Officer, United States Naval Ship Mercy.
2002      Director of Operations & Flight Nurse, Sultanate of Oman

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal w/one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal w/three oak leaf clusters
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device w/seven oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with one star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/one star
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Svc Ribbon w/Gold Border
Army Service Ribbon
NATO Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant 1994
First Lieutenant 1996
Captain 1998
Major  2007
Lieutenant Colonel 2013