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Wilford Hall Commander selected for AMSUS award

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AETCNS) -- Brig. Gen. (Dr.) David G. Young III, 59th Medical Wing commander, has been selected to receive the 2005 John D. Chase Award for Physician Executive Excellence.

The Association of Military Surgeons of the United States annual award is presented to a physician in the Army, Navy, Air Force, U.S. Public Health Service or Department of Veterans Affairs to recognize contributions and exemplary accomplishments in federal healthcare management. General Young will receive the 2005 John D. Chase Award during the AMSUS annual dinner Nov. 2 in Nashville, Tenn.

"General Young's exemplary career repeatedly demonstrated sustained excellence in military leadership, executive prowess and outstanding service to local, state and federal communities," said Rear Adm. Frederic Sanford, AMSUS executive director.

As commander of the 59th MDW, General Young leads the Air Force's largest medical facility with a staff of 5,400 military members, DoD civilians, contract employees, volunteers, residents and students. As the DoD Multi-Service Market Manager for San Antonio TRICARE, he oversees four medical treatment facilities in the San Antonio metropolitan area and directs a $1.2 billion budget providing healthcare for more than 204,000 beneficiaries.

General Young assumed command of the 59th Medical Wing July 8 following three years at Keesler AFB, Miss., where he served as commander of the 81st Medical Group and senior market manager of the TRICARE Gulf Coast Multi-Service Market. At Keesler, he led more than 2,300 healthcare professionals and managed a $102 million budget while coordinating care for 95,000 beneficiaries along the Gulf Coast.

An internal medicine physician, General Young is a chief flight surgeon with more than 800 hours in a variety of aircraft. General Young has also been stationed at Chanute AFB, Ill.; Randolph AFB, Texas; Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.; Nellis AFB, Nev.; Hickam AFB, Hawaii; and as Lead Agent, Department of Defense Health Services Region IV, and also lead agent, TRICARE Pacific.
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