Chair: Dr Justin Nast
Deputy Chair: Dr Christopher Backus
Christopher Erick Backus, MD – I go by Chris. I’m an active duty AF physician, currently the Director of the USAF Pilot Physician Program and a student at Air War College, a professional development school at Maxwell AFB, AL, the home of the Wright Brothers original civilian flying school in 1910. I have been selected to command the 99th Aerospace Medical Squadron at Nellis AFB, NV, a unit that provides primary and occupational healthcare, public health services, bioenvironmental engineering, and other aerospace medicine fundamentals to further the mission of Nellis AFB. I am a graduated squadron commander from the 87th AMDS, JB MDL, NJ.
I am also a pilot with 3700+ hours in cargo and trainer aircraft. I have been a member of AsMA since 2005. I am a life member. I have been in the AFG for several years. I aspire to be a Fellow in the future, but do not expect that in the near-term.
Deputy Chair: Dr Courtney Hayes
• Professional qualifications: ABPM certified in Aerospace, Occupational, and Preventive Medicine; U.S. Army Senior Flight Surgeon; Diplomate in Mountaineering Medicine
• Associate Fellow for one year
• Past activities/offices held in AsMA or the AFG: Member, History and Archives Committee (2016-2018)
Courtney Hayes is a 23-year veteran of the United States Army. He currently serves as the Command Flight Surgeon of the 4th Infantry Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade and is the senior Aerospace Medicine Specialist for Fort Carson, Colorado. Since 2013, MAJ Hayes has been an Assistant Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine with the national faculty of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He also serves as an instructor with the Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute. MAJ Hayes is an active member of other professional organizations such as the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the Wilderness Medicine Society. He served as the Vice President for Membership for a chapter of the Army Aviation Association of America, and was recognized as the Top Super-Chapter Recruiter and second overall membership recruiter for 2016. In conjunction with his official duties, MAJ Hayes invests time in the professional development and career management of up-and-coming medical professionals. When not working, he likes to spend time tending plants and animals at a local Colorado farm, and riding horses with his beloved wife Juli.
I have been a Life Member of AsMA since 2013, and a proud member of the Associate Fellows Group since 2018. I aspire to eventually advance to full Fellow status, but in the meantime I look to make full use of the opportunities afforded by the AFG. The more robust that the AFG is, the greater the benefit to each individual Associate Fellow. I would be honored to be part of bringing new Associate Fellows into the AFG, and helping current fellows ascend to full Fellow status.