United States Air Force Nurse Corps

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The U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps ensures the health of military personnel and their family members.[1]

Entry requirements[edit]

New members of the Air Force Nurse Corps are required to hold at minimum a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree prior to receiving a commission.


Members of the Air Force Nurse Corps come from all aspects of Air Force Medicine and can serve in roles including flight nurse, nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist.


The first Chief of the Air Force Nurse Corps was Colonel Verena Marie Zeller (1949–1956). The first two-star general Chief of the Air Force Nurse Corps was Major General Barbara Brannon; she was replaced in 2005 by Maj Gen Melissa Rank. In 2008, it was announced that Colonel Kimberly Siniscalchi would be promoted to the rank of Major General and serve as the Chief of the AF Nurse Corps, thereby bypassing the rank of Brigadier General (1-star).


Further reading[edit]

  • Judith Barger, Beyond the Call of Duty: Army Flight Nursing in World War II (2013) excerpt