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Brigadier General James H. Dienst

Brigadier General James H. Dienst, Director, J7 (Education and Training), Defense Health Agency, Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Virginia

Director, Education and Training
Defense Health Agency

Brigadier General James H. Dienst is the Director, J7 (Education and Training), Defense Health Agency, Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Virginia. He directs the joint development and sustainment of Department of Defense medical training initiatives and academic policy, leading 509 staff across two regions with an annual operating budget of $61.5 million. He is directly responsible for three medical institutes that graduate over 28,000 enlisted medical personnel annually, provide combat trauma and joint medical operations training to over 260K DoD personnel, and provide leadership training opportunities for approximately 10,000 current leaders of military healthcare organizations.

General Dienst also serves as the Chief, Biomedical Sciences Corps, United States Air Force, overseeing the professional force development and world-wide utilization for more than 2,400 officers in 17 healthcare specialties supporting 75 medical treatment facilities and various Headquarter and Major Command organizations. General Dienst is originally from Wichita, Kansas. He was commissioned into the Biomedical Sciences Corps in 1995 and has served in a broad range of assignments within base, Major Command, Headquarters Air Force, and DoD levels. In addition, he has served as a commander at the squadron and group levels, attended Air War College in-residence within the USAF Center for Strategy and Technology Blue Horizon’s Program, and served as a DoD Joint Task Force and HAF medical operations division chief. Prior to this assignment, General Dienst served as the Command Surgeon, Headquarters, Air Force Reserve Command.

General Dienst is a graduate of Emporia State University, Kansas with a bachelor's degree in biology and holds a Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston. General Dienst graduated from Air War College (In-residence) earning a Masters of Strategic Studies, Air University, Maxwell Air force Base, Alabama. General Dienst is a Fellow, American Academy of Optometry, a member of Armed Forces Optometry Society and has a Texas State Therapeutic Optometry License.

General Dienst’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

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