Selected to Enlisted Medical Degree Prep Program

Staff Writer
Story City Herald
Selected to Enlisted Medical Degree Prep Program

Staff Sgt. Austin Kolbe has been selected to participate in the Enlisted Medical Degree Preparatory Program. Kolbe is a Harlan, Iowa native.

Previously stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, NE, Kolbe and his wife, Katelyn (Bissen) have relocated to Virginia where he will attend the program at George Mason University in Fairfax,VA.

Austin is the son of Mike and Tammy Kolbe of Harlan. His grandparents are Clyde and Linda Kohl, Harlan, and Don and Marilyn Kolbe, Story City.

The Enlisted Medical Degree Preparatory Program, which began this month, offers enlisted members a chance to attend medical prep school full time for two years while maintaining active-duty status.

The program includes coursework in a traditional classroom setting with structured pre-health advising and formal medical college admission test preparation, said Cal Baker, the Air Force Personnel Center program manager.

Following completion of the 24-month program graduates will be able to apply for acceptance to the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences medical school or a civilian medical school of their choice. Upon selection for USUHS or a civilian program, graduates will be commissioned as second lieutenants and will attend commissioned officer training.

Austin has been in the Air Force since he graduated from Harlan Community High School in 2009.