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Chris Scharfenstine

Scharfenstine joined the Air Force in 1994 and served 4 years as an enlisted medic. He separated and returned to college eventually finishing with his MPAS from the University of Florida. He commissioned back into the Air Force and has served in various clinical staff and leadership positions around the world. Currently, he is the Chief of Medical Plans, Force Health and CBRN Med for Headquarters Joint Force Command Brunssum in the Netherlands. He is married with 3 children and enjoys spending time with them.


  • 2004 BA Psychology University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
  • 2007 MPAS University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


  • Aug 2007—Jun 2010   Staff PA, Family Health, Peterson AFB, CO
  • Jun 2010—Jun 2013    Element Leader, Family Health, JBPHH, HI
  • Jul 2013—Jul 2014      AFIT Fellow General Surgery, SAMMC, TX
  • Jul 2014—Aug 2015    Surgery Element Leader, Osan AB, ROK
  • Aug 2015—Jul 2019    Surgical Specialties Flight CC, JBER, AK
  • July 2019—Present     Chief, Medical Intel, Prevention Medicine, an CBRNE Defense, JFC Brunssum, NL


  • Meritorious Service Medal w/2 OLC
  • Air Force Commendation Medal w/1 OLC
  • Air Force Achievement Medal w/1 OLC
  • Air Force Combat Action Medal


  • Jun 1998—Oct 1998 OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, Eskan Village, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • May 1999—Sep 1999 OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, PSAB, Saudi Arabia
  • Oct 2008—Jul 2009 OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Chief Medical Officer RPAC-S, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan

Society of Air Force Physician Assistants is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. P.O. Box. 340362, Ft Sam Houston, TX 78234

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