Colonel Theresa M. Casey has been appointed to brigadier general and will become the first general in the Air Force to represent the Biomedical Sciences Corps. She will serve as director of medical modernization and chief information officer at Air Force headquarters in Falls Church, Va. Previously, she served as the Air Combat Command deputy command surgeon at the Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.
"This is great for the profession of veterinary medicine, the public health career field, and certainly BSC," Col. Casey said. She graduated from the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982, the same year she entered the Air Force as a captain.
The BSC is the third largest branch of the Air Force Medical Service, with more than 2,400 personnel and up to 17 specialties, including physical therapy, optometry, and entomology.
In 1983, the Air Force Veterinary Corps was eliminated from the Air Force, and the remaining veterinarians entered the BSC.
"Although we lost the clinical practice when we went from veterinary to public health, we gained a much broader perspective and horizon," Col. Casey said.
Colonel Casey is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.