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Brigadier General (Dr.) Stephen R. Shapiro:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Retired Aug. 1, 1992.  
Brigadier General (Dr.) Stephen R. Shapiro is command surgeon, Headquarters Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for advising the commander on all medical matters and directing command medical programs, including the inspection of all command medical units.
General Shapiro was born in 1934, in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he attended Samuel J. Tilden High School. He earned a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College in 1956. The general performed his medical training at State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, and received a doctor of medicine degree, magna cum laude, in 1960. He completed Air War College in 1979.
Upon graduation as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Brooklyn College, the general was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He stayed in the Air Force Reserve in a deferred status and was assigned to the Air Force Institute of Technology from February 1956 to July 1960 while attending medical school.
General Shapiro then entered active duty and was assigned to Walter Reed Army General Hospital, Washington, D.C., until August 1965. There he undertook a one-year rotating internship, 1960-1961; a three-year internal medicine residency, 1961-1964; and a one-year fellowship in allergy-immunology, 1964-1965.
He transferred to Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, where he was assistant chief of allergy-immunology service, Department of Medicine, from September 1965 to June 1973. He attended the primary course in aerospace medicine in 1966 and graduated as an Air Force flight surgeon. The general also was assistant clinical professor of medicine, University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, from 1970 to 1973.
From July 1973 to June 1974 General Shapiro was chief of clinic services at the U.S. Air Force Clinic Ramstein, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany. He then was assigned to the staff of the command surgeon, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein, where he served as chief of the Clinical Medicine Division.
In June 1976 General Shapiro assumed command of the U.S. Air Force Hospital, Royal Air Force Station Upper Heyford, England, and, as commander, oversaw the construction and equipage of a 60-bed composite medical facility for the Air Force. While in England, he was president of the Anglo-American Medical Society.
In June 1980 he became deputy command surgeon and director of professional services to the command surgeon, Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Andrews Air Force Base, Md. He was assigned to Headquarters Air Force Reserve, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., as command surgeon in November 1982. General Shapiro then returned to Air Force Systems Command headquarters in August 1984 as deputy chief of staff for medical and life sciences. From February 1987 to August 1989 he was commander, Malcolm Grow USAF Medical Center, Andrews Air Force Base. He assumed his present position in September 1989.
The general is a certified specialist in internal medicine and allergy-immunology. He is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the American Board of Allergy-immunology. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, Association of Military Allergists, Association of Military Surgeons, Aerospace Medical Association, Air Force Society of Physicians and Air Force Society of Allergists.
General Shapiro has presented scientific papers to professional and military organizations and published articles in medical journals. He serves as military medical consultant to the Air Force surgeon general in the area of internal medicine and allergy.
His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Long with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with oak leaf cluster, and Air Force Training Ribbon.
He was promoted to brigadier general July 1, 1987, with same date of rank.


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