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Colonel Dr. Alden D. Hilton

Colonel (Dr) Alden D. Hilton is the Commander, United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM), 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  USAFSAM is the premier institute for research, education, and worldwide operational consultation in Aerospace and Operational Medicine. The school trains 6,000 Department of Defense, international, and civilian students each year, services 5000 requests for expert consultation, provides clinical, radiation, environmental, and industrial laboratory services, and manages a 20 million dollar aerospace and operational medicine research portfolio.


Colonel Hilton received his commission in 1990 with a Health Professions Scholarship to study medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.  He received his doctor of medicine in 1994 and completed a Transitional internship at Scott AFB, Illinois.  He was awarded flight surgeon wings in 1995 and served as a staff physician, squadron medical element, flight commander, and chief of aerospace medicine while stationed at Ellsworth AFB South Dakota.  He then received his Master in Public Health at the University of Houston and completed residencies in Aerospace Medicine and Preventive Medicine, serving as Chief Resident his last year at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks City-Base, Texas.  From Brooks, he was assigned as the Chief of Flight Medicine Branch at HQ Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Virginia.  He next commanded the 51st Aerospace Medicine Squadron, 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.  Col Hilton was the Chief of the Aerospace Medicine Operations and Policy Division, Head Quarters Air Force, Falls Church, Virginia where he also chaired the Aerospace Operations Panel.  And he Commanded the 35th Medical Group, in Misawa, Japan, prior to coming to USAFSAM.  Colonel Hilton is Board Certified in Aerospace and Preventive Medicine and is a Certified Physician Executive.  He is rated as a Chief Flight Surgeon with 900+ flight hours in 27 aircraft including 60 plus combat hours in Afghanistan.  During his career, he served as Deputy Surgeon for Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) in Panama, South America; as senior medical officer for the 28 AEG in Thumrait, Oman; and as senior medical officer while supporting Detainee Movement Operation missions throughout the world.




Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, Lamar University, TX


Medical Doctor, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX


Transitional Residency


Master of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX


Air Command and Staff College, (Correspondence)


Residency in Aerospace Medicine, USAFSAM, Brooks City-Base, TX


Residency in Preventive Medicine, USAFSAM, Brooks City-Base, TX


Air War College (Correspondence)


Certified Physian Executive




Sept 1990

May 1994

Medical Student, USAF Health Professions Scholarship Program

June 1994

June 1995

Resident, 375th Medical Group, Scott AFB, IL

July 1995

June 1996

Staff physician, 28th Medical Group, Ellsworth AFB, SD

July 1996

Feb 1998

Flight Medicine Flight Commander and Chief of Aerospace Medicine, 28th Medical Group, Ellsworth AFB, SD

Mar 1998

June 2001

Chief of Aerospace Medicine and Squadron Medical Element for

37th BS, Ellsworth AFB, SD

July 2001

Jun 2004

Residency in Aerospace /Preventive Medicine, Chief Resident,

School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks City-Base, TX

July 2004

July 2007

Chief of Flight Medicine Branch, HQ Air Combat Command,

Langley AFB, VA

Aug 2007

Aug 2009

Commander, 51st Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Osan AB, ROK

Aug 2009

Jun 2011

Deputy Chief, Aerospace Medicine Operations and Policy Division, Pentagon

Jul 2011

Aug 2013

Chief, Aerospace Medicine Operations and Policy Division, AF/SG3P, Pentagon

Sept 2013

Jul 2015

Commander, 35th Medical Group, Misawa, Japan

Jul 2015 May 20 16 Deputy Commander, USAFSAM, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH 



Chief Flight Surgeon

Flight Hours:

900+ hours

Aircraft Flown:

F-15B, F-16D, B-1B, B-52, C-5, C-9, C-12, C-17, C-21, C-23, C-27, C-32, C-37,

C-40, C-130, C-141, E-3B, KC-135, KC-10, UH-1, OH-58, UH-60, HH-60G, T-37, T-1, T-43, T-38



Legion of Merit

Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

National Defense Service Medal with one star

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Korean Defense Service Medal

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with one star



Second Lieutenant - Sept 30, 1990

Captain - May 20, 1994

Major - May 20, 2000

Lieutenant Colonel - May 20, 2006

Colonel - May 20, 2012


(Current as of Apr 2016)