Colonel Scott M. McKim is the commander of the 325th Medical Group, 325th Fighter Wing, Air Combat Command, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. The 325th MDG, comprised of three squadrons including over 300 medical professionals and support staff, serves the dynamically changing health needs of the Florida Gulf Coast community. It does this by delivering superior access, quality care, and service to approximately 36,000 individuals eligible for medical care in the Tyndall community.


Colonel McKim received a Health Professions Scholarship in 1993 and was commissioned into the Air Force Reserve. After receiving his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis School of Optometry in 1995, he entered into active duty at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. He has held numerous optometry positions, served on the HQ USAFE staff, and in medical group executive staff positions, including squadron and deputy group command. His humanitarian deployments include Operation ARCTIC CARE, Adak Island, Alaska, MEDCEUR in the Republic of Georgia, AFRICAN LION in the Kingdom of Morocco, and a MEDRETE in the Republic of Ecuador.


Colonel McKim is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Armed Forces Optometric Society, American Optometric Association, and Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. He holds an optometry license from the state of Colorado.



1991 Pre-Health Professions, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

1995 Doctor of Optometry, University of Missouri - St. Louis College of Optometry, St. Louis, Mo.

1999 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence

2005 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence

2008 Air War College, by correspondence

2016 Interagency Institute for Federal Healthcare Executives, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md.



1. July 1995 - July 1998, Chief of Optometry, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.

2. July 1998 - June 2001, Chief of Cadet Optometry, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.

3. May 2000 - June 2001, Chief of Medical Flight Screening, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.

4. June 2001 - June 2002, Chief of Hospital Optometry, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.

5. July 2002 - July 2004, Chief of Optometry, Whiteman AFB, Mo.

6. July 2004 - July 2007, Optometry Flight Commander, Ramstein AB, Germany

7. July 2007 - December 2007, Deputy Chief, Commander’s Action Group, Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany

8. December 2007 - July 2008, Deputy Director of Staff, Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany

9. July 2008 - June 2011, Optometry Flight Commander, MacDill AFB, Fla.

10. June 2011 - June 2013, Commander, 87th Medical Support Squadron, Deputy Commander (July 2012 - June 2013), 87th Medical Group, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

11. June 2013 - June 2015, Human Effects Officer, DoD Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.

12. July 2015 - June 2016, Deputy Commander, 374th Medical Group, Yokota AB, Japan

13. July 2016 - present, Commander, 325th Medical Group, Tyndall AFB, Fla.



Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal



Second Lieutenant June 3, 1993

Captain June 9, 1995

Major April 1, 2002

Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2008

Colonel September 1, 2015


(Current as of July 2016)