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Backus Leads IAMFSP

May 30, 2019

Backus Leads IAMFSP

Christopher Backus, M.D., is the incoming president of the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon Pilots (IAMFSP).

   He is currently Director, USAF Pilot Physician Program and scheduled to assume command of the 99th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Nellis AFB in June 2019. He is a recent graduate from Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL with a concentration in Grand Strategy. Prior to that, he was the Commander of the 87th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. He also served 2 tours at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, in Alaska, as well as several tours at McChord AFB in Washington state.
   Lt. Col. Backus was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at University of Oklahoma, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1996. He obtained his medical training at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 2010, and the Aerospace Medicine Primary course. Lt Col Backus earned his board certification in Family Medicine aer completion of residency training at David Grand Medical Center, Travis AFB, CA. He is a Senior Pilot and a Flight Surgeon with more than 3,750 flight hours, and over 350 combat hours in six aircra. He has authored two publications.
   Lt. Col Backus has earned many major awards and decorations throughout his Air Force career. These include, but are not limited to the Meritorious Service Medal with on Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal, the Meritorious Unit Award, the Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and two Global War on Terror Medals. In addition to AsMA and IAMFSP, he is a member of several other professional societies including: the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians, and the Society of USAF Flight Surgeons.