COLONEL JEANNINE M. RYDER

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Col. Jeannine M. Ryder is the Commander, 81st Medical Group and Keesler Medical Center, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Colonel Ryder is also the senior market manager for TRICARE’s Gulf Coast Multi-Service Market, which includes five military medical facilities stretching from Mobile, Ala., to New Orleans. Additionally, she is a co-lead for the Biloxi Department of Defense/Veterans Affairs 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. Col. Ryder 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. Ryder is a 1991 graduate of Boston College where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She has commanded at the flight, squadron and group level in both deployed and in-garrison environment.

EDUCATION
1991 Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
1997 Squadron Officer School, in residence
1998 Master of Science degree in human relations (concentration human resources), University of Oklahoma, Norman, Ok.
2003 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2005 Master of Arts and Science degree in military operations, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 Air Command and Staff College, in residence
2008 Air War College, by correspondence
2012 Masters of Science degree in strategic studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2012 Air War College, in residence

ASSIGNMENTS
1. August 1991–January 1992, Nurse Intern Program, Concentration in Obstetrics, Langley AFB, Va.
2. February 1992–February 1995, Clinical Nurse, Obstetrical Unit, 36th Medical Group, Bitburg Air Base/52nd Medical Group Spangdahlem AB, Germany
3. March 1995–September 1996, Clinical Nurse, Obstetrical Unit, 55th Medical Operations Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
4. September 1996–July 1998, Deputy Commander, Education and Training Flight, 55th Medical Support Squadron, Offutt, AFB, Neb.
5. July 1998–December 1999, Director, Education and Training, 78th Medical Group, Robins AFB, Ga.
6. December 1999–July 2001, Deputy Director, Human Resources, 78th Medical Group, Robins AFB, Ga.
7. July 2001–May 2003, Nurse Manager, Primary Care Team, 436th Medical Operations Squadron, Dover AFB, Del.
8. June 2003–July 2004, Pediatric Flight Commander, 436th Medical Operations Squadron, Dover AFB, Del.
9. August 2004–June 2005, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
10. May 2005–June 2006, Deputy Director, Communication Studies Course I, Leadership Department, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
11. June 2006–July 2007, Executive Officer to the Commandant, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
12. July 2007–October 2008, Maternal-Child Flight Commander, 81st Inpatient Operations Squadron, Keesler AFB, Miss. (March 2007–September 2008, Executive Officer/Aid-de-Camp, Combined Air Power Transition Force, Camp Eggers, Kabul, Afghanistan)
13. October 2008–June 2009, Deputy Commander, 81st Inpatient Operations Squadron and Deputy Chief Nurse Executive, Keesler AFB, Miss.
14. June 2009–June 2011, Commander, 75th Medical Operations Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah
15. July 2011–June 2012, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
16. July 2012–May 2013, Chief, Strategic Medical Plans Division, Air Force Medical Service Agency Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Va.
17. June 2013–June 2014, Commander, 386th Expeditionary Medical Group, Southwest Asia
18. July 2014–June 2016, Commander, 72nd Medical Group, Tinker AFB, Ok.
19. June 2016–present, Commander, 81st Medical Group, Keesler AFB, Miss.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organization Excellence Award

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 1991
First Lieutenant June 1993
Captain June 1995
Major October 2003
Lieutenant Colonel October 2008
Colonel July 2012

(Current as of October 2016)