|COLONEL PAUL M. FORTUNATO|
Colonel Paul M. Fortunato is commander of the 2nd Medical Group, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. In this position, he oversees the operations of a fully accredited ambulatory clinic with aerospace medicine, dental, medical, surgical services and a one-year dental residency program. He supports the medical and dental readiness of the 2nd Bomb Wing, Headquarters Eighth Air Force, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command and 39 associate units, as well as growing community of 35,000 eligible beneficiaries.
Colonel Fortunato graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Mass., in 1983 and the University of Connecticut, Dental Residency program at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, Conn., in 1984.
He initially entered active duty into the U.S. Army Dental Corps from 1987 through 1990 and remained on ready reserve status before re-entering active duty into the Air Force Dental Corps in 1997. While on active duty, Colonel Fortunato has served as a Brigade Dental Surgeon; special staff officer to the commander, 1st Infantry Division; senior post-graduate resident, Naval Post-Graduate Dental School; Chief of Dental Services; Medical Treatment Facility commander, and deputy group commander.
Colonel Fortunato has a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, two Dental Post-Graduate training certificates, holds two board certifications in Comprehensive and General Dentistry, and has a Master of Science degree in Oral Biology and a Master's degree in Strategic Studies. He has been awarded the German Armed Forces Abzeichen fur Leistungen in Truppendienst award and the Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award in 2003.
1980 Bachelor of Science, Nutritional Sciences, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.
1983 Doctorate (DMD), Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Mass.
1984 General Practice residency, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center,
1998 Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence
2001 Master of Science, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2001 Comprehensive Dental Residency, Naval Dental School, Bethesda, Md.
2002 Diplomate Federal Services Board of General Dentistry, Board Certified
2002 Medical Executive Skills, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2003 Air War College, Correspondence
2004 Diplomate American Board of General Dentistry, Board Certified
2005 Joint Operations Medical Managers Course, The Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
2008 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 Master of Strategic Studies, Air University, Air War College, Maxwell AFB
2009 Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives, Washington, D.C.
2009 U.S. Joint Forces Command, Joint Task Force Senior Medical Leaders, Suffolk, Va.
2010 Air Force Nuclear Management Fundamentals, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
2010 Medical Health Services CAPSTONE, Alexandria, Va.
1987 Army Officer Training School, Fort Sam Houston
1987 - 1988, General Dentistry officer, 90th Medical Detachment, Goeppingen, Germany
1988 - 1990, Brigade Dental Surgeon/Special Staff Officer to the Commanding General, 1st Infantry Division, Wuerzburg, Germany
1990 - 1997, U.S. Army Ready Reserve
1997 - 1999, General Dentistry officer, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
1999 - 2001, Senior Resident (2 year) Naval Post-Graduate Dental School, Bethesda, Md.
2001 - 2002, Dental Services chief, 469th Air Base Group, Rhein-Main AB, Germany
2002 - 2004, Director Base Medical Services, 469th ABG, Rhein-Main AB
2004 - 2007, deputy commander, 97th Medical Group, Altus AFB, Okla.
2007 - 2008, Resident, Air University, Air War College, Maxwell AFB
2008 - 2010, commander, 10th Dental Squadron; Command Dental Surgeon, USAF
July 2010 - Present, commander, 2nd Medical Group, Barksdale AFB
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters (OLCs)
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal with OLC
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with six OLCs
National Defense Service Medal with device
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air and Space Campaign Medal with device
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
First Lieutenant -- August 1987
Captain -- September 1987
U.S. Army Major -- January 1993
U.S. Air Force Major -- May 1997
Lieutenant Colonel -- May 2001
Colonel -- May 2007
(Current as of March 2012)