COLONEL MELANIE A. PRINCE

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Colonel Melanie A. Prince is the commander of the 30th Medical Group, Vandenberg AFB, California. She commands 204 military and civilian personnel in the delivery of primary care and outpatient multidisciplinary services. Colonel Prince develops strategic and operational plans to ensure compliance with military and civilian regulatory agency standards. Dedicated to improving the lives of its 14,000 beneficiaries, the 30th Medical Group supports the wartime readiness missions of Team Vandenberg's 14th Air Force, 30th Space Wing, and 40 associated tenant units charged with assuring access to and from space in support of our strategic assets for the defense of our nation.

Colonel Prince hails from Opelousas, Louisiana, where she earned a direct commission into the United States Air Force after completing  her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  She also earned a Masters of Science degree in Adult Health Nursing Case Management from the University of Arizona.  She is married to Mr. Adam A. Prince, also of Opelousas, Louisiana.  They have  two daughters Ms. Tai Rashada Prince of Houston, Texas and Ms. Tenaya Corae Prince of Owens Mills, Maryland.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS:
Board Certified in Ambulatory Care
Board Certified in Case Management
Board Certified as Advanced Nurse Executive

EDUCATION:
1989   Bachelors of Science in Nursing, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana
1989   Military Indoctrination of Medical Service Officers (MIMSO), Sheppard AFB, Texas
1997  Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT); Masters of Science, Adult Health Nursing Case Management, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
1998   Nursing Service Management Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
1998   Squadron Officer School, in residence, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama
2005   Air Command and Staff College, Air University, by correspondence
2006   Healthcare Integration Course, Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas   
2006   LEAN in Healthcare course (AFSO21), University of Tennessee
2009   Air War College, Air University, by correspondence
2009   Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility course, Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas
2009   Intermediate Executive Skills, San Antonio, Texas
2012   Executive Leadership Symposium       
2013   Air War College in residence, Masters Degree in Strategic Studies , Air University, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama
2015   Federal Healthcare Executives Course

ASSIGNMENTS:
1.   October 1989 - March 1991, Nurse Internship Program, Eglin Regional Hospital, Eglin AFB, FL
2.   March 1990 - June 1992, Clinical Nurse, 314th Medical Group, Little Rock AFB, AR
3.   June 1992 - March 1994,  Staff Nurse, 96th Medical Group, Eglin AFB, FL
4.   March 1994 - July 1995, Senior Nurse, 16th Medical Group, Hurlburt Field, FL
5.   July 1995 - June 1997, Air Force Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
6.   June 1997 - July 2000, Health Care Integrator, Disease Manager, 75th Medical Group, Hill AFB, UT
7.   July 2000 - July 2003, Policy & Program Analyst Case Management, Office Secretary of Defense, VA
8.   July 2003 - July 2004, Director, Utilization Management, 1st Medical Group, Langley AFB, VA
9.   July 2004 - May 2005, Element Chief, Medical Management, 1st Medical Group, Langley AFB, VA
10. May 2005 - August 2006, Flight CC, TRICARE Operations, 1st Medical Group, Langley AFB, VA
11. August 2006 - August 2008, Flight CC, Primary Care, 79th Medical Group, Andrews AFB, MD
12. August 2008 - January 2009, Chief Nurse/Deployed Flt CC, 779th Aeromedical Staging Facility, MD
13. January 2009 - July 2010, Dep CC, Medical Ops Squadron, 779th Medical Group, Andrews AFB, MD
14. July 2010 - June 2012, Commander, 52d Medical Operations Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
15. June 2012 - June 2013, Senior Leader Scholar, Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
16. June 2013 - 15 July 2014, Chief, Strategic Medical Plans Division, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, VA

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service with five oak leaf clusters

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant  - July 1989
First Lieutenant - July 1991
Captain - July 1993
Major - August 2002
Lieutenant Colonel - June 2008
Colonel - February 2013

(As of 15 April 2015)