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Colonel Rene Saenz

Colonel Rene Saenz is the Commander, 8th Medical Group, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Colonel Rene Saenz leads 158 personnel across two diverse squadrons which support 2,800 assigned active duty personnel within 19 units. He executes a $3.5 million budget and oversees a $29 million / 13-building infrastructure, 57 War Reserve Materiel assemblages and 8 Home Station Medical Response projects while delivering 13 product lines including a 24-hour ambulance response capability. His unit executes the legendary Wolf Pack’s mission to always be ready.    

Colonel Saenz received a direct commission in the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps after serving in the National Public Health Service Corps, Air Force Reserves and successfully practicing in a private practice setting. He completed a residency from the two-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry post graduate program at Wilford Hall Medical Center Lackland AFB Texas and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Botany.

Colonel Saenz was the first AF dental officer to complete a six week Embassy Immersion Program in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and the first International Health Specialist for the Air Force Dental Corps holding a Global Health Special Experience Identifier in International Global Health Affairs.

1984 Bachelor of Arts in Botany, The University of Texas, Austin, TX
1994 Doctor of Dental Surgery, The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
2007 Certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX
2010 Cross-Cultural Communications Certificate
2011 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL, by correspondence
2011 USAID Joint Humanitatian Operations Certificate
2011 Embassy Immersion Internship Polictical/Economics Secion, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
2016 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL, by correspondence
2019 Master of Strategice Studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL
2020 Epidemiology, Prevention and Infection Control Course (Epic-3) San Antonio, TX
2021 Joint Senior Medical Leadership Course, Falls Church, VA
2022 Capstone Medical leadership Course, Falls Church, VA (Virtual)

1. Dec 1999– Sep 2003, General Dentist, 433rd Medical Group Air Force Reserve Unit, Lackland AFB, Texas
2. Oct 2003–Jun 2005, General Dentist, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas
3. Jun 2005–Jul 2007, Advanced Education in General Dentistry, 59th Dental Training Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
4. Jul 2007–Jun 2010, Comprehensive Dentist, 374th Dental Squadron, Yokota AB, Japan
5. Jun 2010– Feb 2012, International Health Speciallist, AFSOUTH Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona
6. Feb 2012–Jun 2013, Chief, International Health Division, AFSOUTH Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona
7. Jul 2013– May 2015, Dental Flight Commander, 509th Medical Operations Squadron Whiteman AFB, Missouri
8. May 2015 – Jun 2017, Commander 78th Dental Squadron Robins AFB, Georgia
9. June 2017– Jul 2018, Chief, Dental Clinical Operations AF Medical Operations Agency, Joint Base Lackland, Texas
10. Jul 2018 – Jun 2019, Student (SDE) Air War College Maxwell AFB, Alabama
11. Jun 2019 – Jul 2020, Chief of Dental Services Operational Readiness Squadron Goodfellow AFB, Texas
12. Jul 2020 – Jun 2022, Commander 316th Dental Squadron Joint Base Andrews, Maryland
13. Jun 2022 – Present, Commander 8th Medical Group, Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea

Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with six oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

2014 Small Dental Clinic of the Year, Global Strike Command
2015 Personnel Reliability Clinic of the Year, Global Strike Command
2016 Medium Dental Clinic of the Year, Air Force Materiel Command
2019 Small Dental Clinic of the Year, Air Force Education and Training Command
2020 Large Dental Clinic of the Year, Air Force District of Washington Command

First Lieutenant March 21, 1999
Captain October 1, 2002
Major October 1, 2008
Lieutenant Colonel October 1, 2014
Colonel October 1, 2020

(Current as of June 2022)