Colonel Hans V. Ritschard is the Commander of the 90th Medical Group at F. E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He leads a staff of 228 personnel in executing a $9.8 million dollar budget, serving over 21,000 beneficiaries. The 90th Medical Group ensures the nuclear reliability and deployability of wing personnel; delivers cost-effective, accessible, community-based health care; promotes healthy lifestyles through preventive medical services & education; and prepares, mobilizes, & deploys medical resources for contingency operations worldwide. The Group also maintains war reserve materiel projects worth over $4M, supporting global expeditionary operations.
Colonel Ritschard is a 1985 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A board certified clinical psychologist, he has held a variety of clinical, staff, and command positions. He served as a child psychologist at both Wiesbaden AB, Germany and RAF Lakenheath, England, and later as a mental health flight commander and interim squadron commander at Misawa AB, Japan. He has commanded both the 366th Medical Operations Squadron and the 88th Diagnostics and Therapeutics Squadron, and served as the Director of DoD Psychological Health Strategic Operations for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Health Protection & Readiness). He has maintained an active program of professional scholarship in the areas of leadership development, organizational change, deployment mental health, and child psychology, and has authored more than 90 professional presentations, peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, monographs/reports, and a US patent.
1985 Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.
1992 Master of Arts, Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.
1993 Military Indoctrination for Medical Service Officers, Lackland AFB, Texas
1994 Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.
1998 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Pediatric Behavioral Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.
1999 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2002 Master of Arts, Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, Montgomery, Ala.
2004 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
2004 Intermediate Executive Skills Course, Sheppard AFB, TX
2006 Healthcare Optimization/Operational Medicine Seminar, Sheppard AFB, TX
2006 ACC Squadron Commander's Course, Langley AFB, Va.
2006 Air War College Correspondence Course, Maxwell AFB, Texas
2009 Air Force Fellow, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, Calif.
2010 National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, Harvard JFK School of Government, Boston, Mass.
2010 Military Health System Capstone Course, Arlington, Va.
2011 AFMC Squadron Commander's Course, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
1. June 1985 - August 1988, Staff Chemist, GE Corporate Research & Development Center, Schenectady, NY.
2. September 1988 - May 1994, Student, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.
3. July 1993 - August 1994, Clinical Psychology Chief Resident, 89th Medical Group, Andrews AFB, Md.
4. September 1994 - June 1997, Staff Psychologist, AF Services for Exceptional Children, Wiesbaden AB, Germany.
5. July 1997 - August 1998, Postdoctoral Fellow, Behavioral Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.
6. September 1998 - June 2002, Element Chief & Deputy Flight Commander, Educational & Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) Flight, 48th Medical Operations Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England.
7. July 2002 - July 2003, EDIS Flight Commander, 48th Medical Ops Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England.
8. August 2003 - June 2004, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9. July 2004 - May 2006, Mental Health Flight Commander, Biomedical Science Corps Executive, &Interim Squadron Commander, 35 Medical Operations Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan.
10. June 2006 - June 2008, Commander, 366th Medical Operations Squadron, Mt Home AFB, Idaho; and September 2007 - March 2008, Chief, AO Eagle Combat Stress Team, Paktika Province, Afghanistan.
11. July 2008 - June 2009, Senior Developmental Education Fellow, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, Calif.
12. July 2009 - June 2011, Director, DoD Psychological Health Strategic Operations, Force Health Protection & Readiness, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), Pentagon, Va
13. June 2011 - May 2013, Commander, 88th Diagnostics & Therapeutics Sq, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
14. May 2013 -- Present, Commander, 90th Medical Group, F. E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
MAJOR AWARDS & DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Board Certified in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)
Clinical Psychology License, State of Illinois
Fellow, American Academy of Clinical Psychologists
Member, American Psychological Association & Society of Air Force Psychologists
ABPP Distinguished Service to the Profession of Psychology Award, 2012
SECDEF Special Recognition Award, 2006 & 2007
ACSC Commandant's Award for "Best Research Paper," Air University, 2004
USAF Senior Psychologist of the Year Award, 2001
USAFE Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award, with EDIS clinic, 2001
Public Service Excellence Award in Community Service, with EDIS clinic, 2001
USAFE Psychologist of the Year, 1996, 1999, & 2000
Captain 24 July 1993
Major 1 January 2001
Lt Colonel 1 March 2005
Colonel 1 November 2011
Current as of March 2016