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Col Ed Tuhy - 173rd Medical Group Commander



Col Edwin Tuhy is the Commander, 173d Medical Group, 173d Fighter Wing, Air Education and Training Command, Kingsley Field, Oregon.  Col Tuhy graduated from the University of North Dakota and the Illinois College of Optometry, obtaining his doctor of optometry degree in 1988.  He relocated to Klamath Falls in 1999 to join the professional staff of the Klamath Eye Center and has provided humanitarian medical care throughout the world during his entire civilian career. 

Col Tuhy joined the Oregon Air National Guard’s 173d  Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field in 2002 at age 39 and has been integral in the best air-to-air combat pilots production through fitting of contact lenses and in assisting members in accomplishing laser vision correction.  His additional duties have centered on unit inspection and the development, implementation and nationwide 

Since joining Kingsley Field, he has deployed in a variety of missions including State Partnership tasking to Bangladesh and Vietnam.   

1984  Professional Prerequisites, University of North Dakota
1988  Doctor of Optometry Degree, Illinois College of Optometry
2004  Squadron Officer Course, Correspondence
2006  Air Command and Staff College,  Correspondence

1.  January 2002 - June 2017, Optometrist, 173rd Medical Group, Kingsley Field, OR. 
2.  June 2017 - Present, Medical Group Commander, 173rd Medical Group, Kingsley Field, OR.

Air National Guard Outstanding Optometry Officer of the Year, 2006
Air National Guard Outstanding Optometry Officer of the Year, 2004
Lions International Helen Keller Sight Award, xxx
Lions International Melvin Jones Fellow Award, xxx

Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (1 Device)
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Oregon National Guard Superior Unit Citation (3 Devices)
Oregon Faithful Service Medal (1 Device)
Air Force Longevity of Service (1 Device)

Captain, January 2002
Major, January 2004
Lieutenant Colonel, March 2008

(Current as of July 2017)