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Bates Is New IAMFSP President

September 27, 2022

Bates Is New IAMFSP President

Col. Christopher W. Bates, B.S., M.D., is the 2022–2024 President of the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon Pilots (IAMFSP).

He is currently the sole tanker Pilot-Physician for the USAF and is actively engaged in human system integration issues for the KC-46. As a KC-46 instructor-pilot he works with 22d Operations Group in the execution of KC-46 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation and training of KC-46 aircrew. Prior to this assignment Col. Bates was the Commander of the 22d Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, 22nd Medical Group, 22nd Air Refueling Wing, McConnell AFB, KS.
   Col. Bates was commissioned through the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2001 and earned his Doctor of Medicine in 2005 from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). He then served an Internal Medicine internship at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC), San Antonio, TX, in 2006 and graduated from the Aerospace Medicine Primary Course at Brooks City-Base. He served an Emergency Medicine residency at SAUSHEC in 2011 and graduated from undergraduate pilot training at Vance AFB, Vance, OK, in 2015. He attended Air War College at Maxwell AFB, AL, by correspondence in 2021.
   Col. Bates is a Pilot-Physician with over 2000 pilot flight hours in the T-6, T-1, KC-135, and KC-46. He has deployed as a pilot, flight surgeon, and critical care air transport team (CCATT) physician in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom He is also a board certified emergency medicine physician and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.