Colonel John DaLomba

Col John DaLomba is Commander and Military Treatment Facility director, 71st Medical Group, Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Under his command, the medical group executes a $6.1M budget and provides health care and preventive health services for the 71st Flying Training Wing, the Undergraduate Pilot Training students and 3900 Vance AFB community beneficiaries. Additionally, the 71st Medical Group supports Air Education and Training Command’s readiness and mobility requirements for ready medics and medically ready forces and develops innovative Airmen for 21st century combat operations.

Colonel DaLomba received a direct commission and entered the United States Air Force in May 2002. He has 27 years of clinical experience and has deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Colonel DaLomba holds certifications from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and the Hand Therapy Certification Commission and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Society of Hand Therapists.

Colonel DaLomba has commanded a medical support squadron, served as Director of Operations and Deputy Commander of a medical group, served as a Major Command BSC Executive, and has been assigned to a headquarters staff position. Prior to his current position, Colonel DaLomba was Deputy Commander of the 59th Medical Support Group at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Tex.


1992 Bachelor of Arts degree, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

1997 Master of Science degree in occupational therapy, Tufts University, Medford, Mass.

2002 Distinguished Graduate, Commissioned Officer Training, Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB), Ala.

2004 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence

2006 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2009 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence

2014 Air War College, by correspondence

2014 Intermediate Executive Skills, San Antonio, Tex.

2022 Combined Senior Leadership Course, Falls Church, Va.


1. May - June 2002, student, Commissioned Officer Training, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2. June 2002 - July 2005, staff occupational therapist, Lackland AFB, Tex. (January - May 2005, occupational therapist, 332d Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron, Joint Base Balad, Iraq)

3. July 2005 - August 2008, occupational therapy element leader, Scott AFB, Ill.

4. August 2008 - August 2010, early intervention element chief, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom

5. August 2010 - July 2011, Director of Staff, 48th Medical Group, RAF Lakenheath United Kingdom

6. July 2011 - April 2012, occupational therapy element leader, Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA)-Lackland, Tex.

7. April 2012 - May 2014, 59 MDW Patient Squadron Section Commander, JBSA-Lackland, Tex.

8. May 2014 - June 2015, Director of Operations, Airman Medical Transition Unit, JBSA-Lackland, Tex.

9. July 2015 - August 2017, Commander, 87th Medical Support Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

10. August 2017 - October 2018, Physical & Occupational Therapy Flight Commander, Travis AFB, Calif.

11. October 2018 - August 2020, Director of Operations, 60th Medical Group, Travis AFB, Calif.

12. August 2020 - January 2022, Health Informatics Team Lead, DHA, Falls Church, Va.

13. January 2022 - May 2022, Health Informatics Support Branch Chief, DHA, Falls Church, Va.

14. June 2022 – June 2024, Deputy Commander, 59th Medical Support Group, JBSA-Lackland, Tex.


Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Air and Space Commendation Medal

Air and Space Recognition Ribbon with three oak leaf clusters

National Defense Service Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal


Captain February 14, 2002

Major February 7, 2008

Lieutenant Colonel April 1, 2014

Colonel June 1, 2022