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kadena air base Key Leadership

Brig. Gen. 
Case A. Cunningham
Vice Commander
Col. Richard C. Tanner
Command CMSgt
CMSgt Jessica L. Bender

Team Kadena Group Commanders:

Col. Scott Rowe - 18th Operations Group
Col. Thang T. Doan - 18th Mission Support Group
Col. Tony S. Lombardo  - 18th Maintenance Group
Col. Theresa B. Goodman - 18th Medical Group
Col. Robert S. Grainger - 18th Civil Engineer Group

Col. Jason T. Kirby - 353rd Special Operations Group



Colonel Theresa Goodman is commander of the 18th Medical Group, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th MDG is a team of more than 550 healthcare professionals who ensure the medical readiness of the Air Force’s largest combat wing by providing safe, quality medical care to more than 15,300 beneficiaries, directly promoting the mutual interests of the United States and Japan.

The 18th MDG is the largest outpatient clinic in Pacific Air Forces with 10 primary care teams supporting more than 131,000 annual visits. The group delivers support throughout the Pacific theater via several unique capabilities and missions; It has the second largest neonatal intensive care unit in the Air Force, one of only three area dental laboratories, the only aeromedical staging flight in the Western Pacific, a Critical Care Air Transport Team, the Theater Preventive Medicine Flight (formerly USAFSAM Det 3) and the Theater Lead Agent for Medical Material, Pacific.

Colonel Tess “Feelin’” Goodman received her commission in 1995 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. She earned her medical doctorate from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 1999 and she is board certified in three medical specialties. Colonel Goodman's career includes a variety of operational assignments as a medical provider and, most recently, as an Inspector General for medical programs.  She and her husband of 18 years, Greg, are the proud parents of Mackenzie (10) and Alexander (5).

1995 Bachelor of Science, Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1999 Doctor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
2002 Residency in Family Medicine, Andrews AFB, MD
2005 Flight Surgeon, Aerospace Medicine Primary Course, Brooks City-Base, TX
2009 Master of Public Health, International Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA
2009 Air Command and Staff College, correspondence
2010 Residency in Aerospace Medicine, Brooks City-Base, TX
2011 Residency in Occupational Medicine, Brooks City-Base, TX 2015 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL
2015 Master of Strategic Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
2016 Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives, Bethesda, MD

1995 – 1999, Student, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
1999 – 2002, Resident, Family Medicine, Andrews AFB, MD
2002 – 2005, Primary Care Physician, 1st Medical Operations Squadron, Langley AFB, VA
2005 – 2006, Flight Surgeon, 71st Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB, Virginia.
2006 – 2008, Flight Surgeon, 355th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
2008 – 2009, Student, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2009 – 2010, Resident in Aerospace Medicine, USAFSAM, Brooks City-Base, TX
2010 – 2011, Resident in Occupational Medicine, USAFSAM, Brooks City-Base, TX
2011 – 2012, Chief, Aerospace Medicine, 55th Medical Group, Offutt AFB, NE.
2012 – 2014, Commander, 20th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Shaw AFB SC
2014 – 2015, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL.
2015 – 2017, Medical Inspector, HQ Air Force Inspection Agency, Kirtland AFB, NM.
2017 – present, Commander, 18th Medical Group, Kadena AB, Japan

Rating:  Senior Flight Surgeon
Aircraft: CV-22, F-15D, F-16D, C-21, UH60, C-17, C-130, T-1, T-6A, T-38, C-5, KC-135, RC-135

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Various other unit and Campaign Medals

Second Lieutenant June 27, 1995
Captain May 15, 1999
Major May 15, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel May 15, 2011
Colonel May 15, 2017

(Current as of June 2017)