WASHINGTON — Lt. Gen. Dr. Thomas W. Travis was recently promoted to the rank of three-star general and was named surgeon general of the U.S. Air Force in a ceremony at the Officer’s Club at Bolling Air Force Base in the nation’s capital.
The ceremony was conducted by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz on July 20. Travis became Air force surgeon general effective July 13.
As surgeon general, Travis supervises and directs more than 42,000 medical personnel and 75 Air Force medical facilities worldwide.
Earlier in his career, Travis was an Air Force pilot who flew several different fighter aircraft before being selected to attend the Uniformed Services School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md. He has been on active duty since graduating from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va., in 1977.
Included in his service was a two-year stint as a medical officer at the Royal (British) Air Force School of Aviation Medicine. While in England, Travis flew the RAF Hawk fighter aircraft, as well as other advanced jet training aircraft.
Travis is the son-in-law of (USAF retired) Col. Joseph H. LePla and the brother-in-law of Kathy LePla Sexton, both of Albany. Travis’ wife, Sally, graduated from Dougherty High School in 1972 while her father was stationed in Korea.
Travis and his wife will reside at Bolling AFB in Washington, D.C.