Colonel Yancy S. Short is currently assigned to the 130th Airlift Wing, located at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston, West Virginia. He is the commander for the 130th Medical Group. He is responsible for all healthcare activities which include the Physical Exam Side (PES) and CERF-P Units, as they relate to the mission readiness and viability of the 130th Airlift Wing, including medical support and operations, base health management and protection, and all programs and policies related to healthcare management. He provides command and control over 103 personnel, ensuring proficiency in all areas of medical readiness and their ability to support federal active duty or state homeland response.

Short entered military service in April 2010, serving as a General Surgeon for the 130th Airlift Wing. In 2012, he attended flight school and became a Flight Surgeon. Short has deployed in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel. He has served in multiple leadership rolls including Chief of Medical Staff (SGH), and Chief of Aerospace Medicine (SGP). Prior to his current assignment of Commander of the Medical Group, in February 2019, Colonel Short served as Interim Commander of the Medical Group, 130th Airlift Wing. His civilian background includes more than 24 years of medical and business experience as a general surgeon who now specializes in robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery.


1987 Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry, West Virginia University

1990 Doctor of Medicine, West Virginia University School of Medicine

1995 Post Graduate Residency, General Surgery, Charleston Area Medical Center

2000 Master Level Business Administration Courses, Marshall University

2010 Reserve Officer Training School

2011 Expeditionary Medical Support Training (EMEDS) Combat Training Readiness Center Alpena, MI

2011 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence

2011 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence

2012 Aerospace Medicine Primary School, Wright- Patterson AFB

2013 Water Survival School (SERE), Commanding Officer NAS Pensacola

2013 Evasion and Conduct After Capture Training (ECAC) Lackland AFB San Antonio, TX

2013 Air War College, by correspondence


1. April 2010 – December 2012, Chief of Medical Staff (SGH), 130th Medical Group, Charleston, WV

2. January 2013 - October 2018, Chief of Aerospace Medicine (SGP), 130th Medical Group, Charleston, WV

3. December 2014– March 2015, Flight Surgeon, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Udeid AB, Qatar

4. October 2018 – February 2019, Interim Commander, 130th Medical Group, Charleston, WV

5. February 2019 – Present, Commander, 130th Medical Group, Charleston, WV


Meritorious Service Medal

Air Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal

AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device

National Defense Service Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Bronze Star

Iraq Campaign Medal with one Bronze Star

Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War On Terrorism Service Medal

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 ‘M’ Device

AF Training Ribbon

NATO Medal


District of Columbia National Guard Achievement Medal

West Virginia National Guard Minuteman Ribbon with Device

WV National Guard Special Assignment Ribbon

West Virginia State Emergency Ribbon

West Virginia Achievement Ribbon


National Guard Association

Fellowship of American College of Surgeons


Major 11 APR 2010

Lieutenant Colonel 2 OCT 2011

Colonel 26 APR 2018

(Current as of September 2019)