Colonel Lee M. Nenortas commands the 22d Medical Group at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Col Nenortas provides operational command and control over three squadrons consisting of 276 personnel in a 90,000 square foot facility serving 12,000 beneficiaries with an annual operating budget of $12,000,000. He advises the wing commander, wing staff agencies, and three group commanders on medical contingency planning and all matters relating to medical care and readiness. 

Colonel Nenortas was born in Cherokee, Iowa and grew up in Jupiter, Florida. He began his military career as a Diet Therapy Specialist in 1990, stationed at the 22nd Strategic Hospital, 22nd Air Refueling Wing, at March Air Force Base, California. He was commissioned in 1999 as a Medical Service Corps officer, holding various positions in managed care, resource management, medical logistics, and medical planning for special operations missions. Colonel Nenortas has deployed in support of numerous operations.


1994 Associate of Arts in Business Administration, Crafton Hills College, Yucaipa, California

1998 Bachelor of Science in Accounting, University of South Alabama, Mobile

2004 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence

2005 Master of Business Administration, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks

2008 AFSOC Medical Readiness Plans Fellowship, Hurlburt Field, Florida

2009 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence 2014 Air War College, by correspondence

2014 Air Force Medical Service Intermediate Executive Skills Course, San Antonio, Texas 2017 Joint Senior Medical Leaders Course, Falls Church, Virginia


1. August 1999–November 1999, student, Health Services Administration, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas

2. December 1999–May 2002, Managed Care Element Chief, 90th Medical Group, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming

3. May 2002–May 2003, Business Operations and Beneficiary Services Flight Commander, 8th Medical Group, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea

4. May 2003–June 2005, Director of Medical Logistics, 319th Medical Group, Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota

5. June 2005–June 2007, Director of Medical Logistics, 39th Medical Group, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey

6. June 2007–July 2008, Special Operations Medical Readiness Plans Fellow, Air Force Special Operations Command, Office of the Command Surgeon, Hurlburt Field, Florida

7. July 2008–July 2012, Assistant Director of Operations and Chief, Medical Plans, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron, 27th Special Operations Group, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico

8. July 2012–June 2015, Chief, Medical Readiness Division, Air Force Special Operations Command, Office of the Command Surgeon, Hurlburt Field, Florida

9. June 2015–July 2017, Commander, 22d Medical Support Squadron & Administrator, 22d Medical Group, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas

10. July 2017–June 2020, Deputy Chief, Medical and Aeromedical Evacuation Readiness and Plans Division, Air Mobility Command, Office of the Command Surgeon, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

11. June 2020–Current, Commander, 22d Medical Group, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas


Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters Joint Service Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters Army Commendation Medal

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters Army Achievement Medal

US Army Expert Field Medical Badge USSOCOM Combat Service Identification Badge


2008 Certified Materials and Resource Professional (CMRP) in the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management

2008 Joint Special Operations Warfighter Certificate, Joint Special Operations University, Hurlburt Field, Florida

2013 AFSOC Medical Service Corps Commitment to Service Award


Second Lieutenant August 1, 1999

First Lieutenant June 28, 2001

Captain June 28, 2003

Major September 1, 2008

Lieutenant Colonel October 1, 2013

Colonel April 1, 2020

(Current as of June 2020)