Maj. Gen. Mark Ediger, deputy surgeon general of the U.S. Air Force, has been nominated for assignment as surgeon general of the service.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter also announced Wednesday Ediger’s nomination to the rank of lieutenant general.
Ediger currently oversees the Air Force surgeon general office’s clinical operations, aeromedical evacuation, global force management, readiness, medical plans, programs and budget, medical force management and medical information systems management functions.
He also directs operations of the Air Force medical service comprised of an integrated healthcare delivery system that serves millions of beneficiaries at various military treatment facilities worldwide.
Ediger served as command surgeon at the Headquarters Air Education and Training Command in Texas between July 2007 and September 2008 prior to his current role.
He deployed in various operations such as Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Southern Watch.