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Colonel Beatrice T. Dolihite is the Service Commander and DHA MTF Director, 81st Medical Group, Keesler Medical Center, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Additionally, she is a co-lead for the Biloxi DoD/VA joint venture center of excellence initiatives. As commander, she is responsible for the direct delivery care at Keesler Medical Center and its clinics while coordinating the health care for all Joint Service warfighters, military retirees and their family members along the gulf coast. She ensures all Keesler Medics are ready for combat missions and humanitarian medical responses. Colonel Dolihite directs five graduate medical education programs, eight enlisted training programs, and a clinical research laboratory. She leads almost 1,700 healthcare professionals and manages a local budget of more than 87 million dollars.  She also is the federal coordinator for the Gulf Coast National Disaster Medical System. 


Col Dolihite graduated in 1995 from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and received her commission into the Air Force through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.  She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in medical-surgical nursing.  She deployed as a Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) member and has experience in the emergency room and outpatient clinic arenas. 



1995    Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Samford University, Birmingham, AL

1995    Nursing Transition Program, Travis AFB, CA

2000    Squadron Officer School, in residence, Maxwell AFB, AL

2001    Master of Public Administration, Troy State University, Troy, AL

2007    Critical Care Air Transport Team Course, Brooks City Base, San Antonio, TX

2010    Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College in residence, Maxwell AFB, AL

2011    Lean for Healthcare Course, University of Tennessee at USAF Academy, CO

2016    Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College in residence, Maxwell AFB, AL



1. July 1995 – October 1995, Nurse Intern, 60th Medical Group, Travis Air Force Base, California

2. October 1995 – October 1997, Clinical Nurse, Multi-Service Unit, 49th Medical Group, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico

3. October 1997 – November 1998, Clinical Nurse, Multi-Service Unit, 51st Medical Group, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea

4. November 1998 – May 2002, Clinical Nurse, Family Practice Clinic, 6th Medical Group, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida

5. May 2002 – May 2005, Director of Operations, Headquarters Air Force, Office of the Surgeon General, Bolling AFB, District of Columbia

6. May 2005 – May 2007, Clinical Nurse, Critical Care Unit, 79th Medical Group, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland

7. May 2007 – August 2009, Element Leader, Critical Care Unit, 779th Medical Group, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland

8. January 2008 – July 2008, Critical Care Air Transport Team nurse, 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar (Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM)

9. August 2009 – June 2010, IDE Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

10. June 2010 – January 2012, Program Manager, Inpatient Care, Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Lackland AFB, Texas

11. January 2012 – June 2013, Branch Chief, Inpatient Provision of Nursing Care, Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Lackland AFB, Texas

12. June 2013- June 2015, Commander, 341st Medical Operations Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, Montana

13. July 2015- May 2016, Student, Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

14. May 2016- June 2018, Commander, 42d Medical Group, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

15. June 2018- Present, Service Commander/DHA MTF Director, 81st Medical Group, Keesler AFB, MS



Legion of Merit

Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Achievement Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Korean Defense Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

AF Overseas Ribbon Short with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border

AF Longevity Service with three oak leaf clusters

Air Force Training Ribbon



American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)

American Nurses Association (ANA)

Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA)



National Certification in Medical-Surgical Nursing



Second Lieutenant June 8, 1995

First Lieutenant            June 8, 1997

Captain June 8, 1999

Major October 1, 2007

Lieutenant Colonel September 1, 2012

Colonel May 1, 2016


Current as of Oct 2018