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MacDill medical officer picked for Phoenix Hawk

by Nick Stubbs
Thunderbolt staff writer

It was a first for Capt. Cherron Galluzzo and a first for the Phoenix Hawk program when Galluzzo became the first medical officer accepted into the highly desirable leadership program. Galluzzo is an alternate for the program, which means she will only participate if another inductee is unable to participate or complete the program.

Designed to single out junior officers for future leadership roles, acceptance was a goal of Galluzzo, who said she is pleased even though she, for now, remains an alternate.

"It's wonderful," said Galluzzo, who is the Multiservice Unit Nurse Manager at the Base Hospital.

"It is an excellent opportunity, and I'm just glad I was selected and glad it's open now to Air Force medical service officers and we're able to capitalize and be given the same opportunity for leadership training."

The program is similar to the Air Force Intern Program, the number one program for junior officers. Hawks generally are considered by their peers to be in the top 1 to 2 percent of officers.

The program consists of two phases, the first being a year in the Tanker Airlift Control Center, learning global air mobility ops. Most officers are trained and assigned as controllers.

Phase two is assignment to the Air Mobility Command staff, where officers learn effective staff skills.

While it is not clear just when Galluzzo will get her shot, being an alternate moves her a lot closer to her Air Force goals.

"This is great, and I'm looking forward to when I can be part of something really great," she said. "Nothing like this has ever happened to me before."




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