Retired Dec. 1, 1986. Died Sep. 25, 2004.
Maj. Gen. (Dr.) William H. Greendyke is director of professional affairs and quality assurance, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Bolling Air Force Rose, Washington, D.C.
General Greendyke was born in 1930, in Paterson, N.J. Upon graduation from Passaic Valley Regional High School, Little Falls, N.J., in 1947, he began his premedical education at Lafayette College, Easton, Pa. After three years of undergraduate study, he entered Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, in 1950 and received his medical degree in 1954. The general completed three years of postgraduate education in the specialty of radiology at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, in 1966. He was certified by the American Board of Radiology in 1967. The general completed studies in National Security Management from the National Defense University in 1978.
He began his career in the Air Force with a direct commission as a first lieutenant in July 1955. He served as flight surgeon and chief, professional services, for the Air Force hospital at Laredo Air Force Base, Texas, until July 1958 when he left the Air Force for civilian medical practice in Cedar Grove, N.J.
The general returned to active duty in April 1961. He was assigned to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, as a flight surgeon with the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing and later became commander of the 658th Tactical Hospital through June 1963. During this tour of duty, his unit earned the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award while on temporary duty in Southeast Asia. General Greendyke returned to the United States and was assigned to the University of Michigan Medical Center from July 1963 to June 1966 for residency training, specializing in radiology. Following specialty training, General Greendyke was assigned as chief, hospital services, and staff radiologist at the Air Force hospital at Mather Air Force Base, Calif., until August 1967.
His first stateside hospital command was at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., where he served for two years. Remaining clinically active, he published four professional articles relating to his study of radiologic findings in Valley Fever, endemic to the Southwest. He was selected chairman, Department of Radiology, and program director of the Residency Training Program at Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, where he served from July 1969 to February 1972. He left Lackland to assume command of the Strategic Air Command's Regional Hospital at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.
In January 1974 he was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., in the Medical Plans and Programs Division of the Medical Plans and Resources Directorate in the Office of the Surgeon General. Later the same year he become deputy director of medical plans and resources and developed a medical specialty requirements study which was the precursor to the present Provider Requirement of Integrated Specialty Model methodology used in planning physician requirements.
From February 1976 to August 1978 he was assigned as commander, U.S. Air Force Medical Center, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. While in this assignment he developed two programs of key importance to the Air Force: Tailored In-Service Recruiting, forerunner of the Air Force-wide program, Project Keep Each Excellent Person; and Medical Readiness, Our Prime Peacetime Mission, prototype of casualty care planning. The program was later embraced by Department of Defense Health Affairs and refined to be the Civilian Military Contingency Hospital System for distributing overflow casualties to 60,000 civilian sector hospital beds.
The general then became commander of Malcolm Grow U.S. Air Force Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and an adviser to the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He was assigned as the command surgeon, Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., in February 1980 and served in that capacity for more than four years.
In September 1984 the general was assigned as command surgeon, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, at Ramstein Air Base, West Germany, and also as surgeon, U.S. European Command, presiding over medical services of the Army and Navy, as well as the Air Force. He assumed his present duties in March 1986.
General Greendyke is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, Fred Jenner Hodges Radiological Society and the Society of Air Force Physicians. He is also a member of the American Academy of Medical Directors and American College of Physician Executives. He has published numerous professional articles in medical journals and has developed and presented several scientific exhibits at national medical meetings. He is the senior radiology consultant to the U.S. Air Force surgeon general.
A chief flight surgeon, General Greendyke has diversified experience with fliers in operational aircraft of Tactical Air Command, Military Airlift Command and Strategic Air Command.
His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. He received the Meritorious Service Award from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences for his contributions as an adviser to the Board of Regents.
He was promoted to major general Dec. 1, 1983, witth date of rank Sept. 1, 1980