Colonel Schwamburger is the Commander, 56th Medical Group, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. He optimizes performance and ensures medical readiness of the human weapons system for the largest fighter wing in the Air Force including 26 squadrons and all foreign flight training officers. Colonel Schwamburger also provides comprehensive medical care to 5,500 uniformed personnel and 92,000 beneficiaries by promoting health, maintaining wellness, and minimizing the impact of illness. As commander, he serves as the Chief Executive Officer of a multispecialty clinic and a dental clinic. Prior to this assignment, Colonel Schwamburger was commander of the 56th Healthcare Operations Squadron, Luke AFB, Arizona.

Colonel Schwamburger is from Wheelersburg, Ohio. He graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology in May 2002. He graduated from The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry, receiving a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in June 2005. Colonel Schwamburger entered active duty on 4 Jul 2005. His background includes clinical dentistry and dental education positions. Colonel Schwamburger deployed to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance to fight Ebola. He has also served on two Humanitarian Missions to Haiti and Peru, rendering care in support of SOUTHCOM’s New Horizons missions. From these experiences, Colonel Schwamburger has extensive knowledge of the AF Expeditionary Medical Support System.



2002 Bachelor of Arts (Zoology), Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

2005 Doctorate of Dental Surgery, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

2005 Commissioned Officer Training, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

2006 USAF Advanced Education in General Dentistry-1, Travis AFB, California

2008 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, by correspondence

2009 USAF Advanced Clinical Dentistry Preceptorship, Geilenkirchen NATO AB, Germany

2011 USAF Advanced Education in General Dentistry-2, Lackland, AFB, Texas

2014 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, by correspondence

2018 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, in-residence

2018 Masters of Strategic Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama



1. Aug 05 – Aug 06, AEGD-1 Resident, 60th Dental Squadron, Travis AFB, California

2. Aug 06 – May 09, General Dental Officer, 470th Air Base Squadron, Geilenkirchen NATO AB, Germany

3. May 09 – Jul 11, AEGD-2 Resident, 59th Medical Wing, Lackland AFB, Texas

4. Jul 11 – Jun 15, Deputy Director AEGD-1, 633rd Dental Squadron, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia

5. Jun 15 – Jul 17, Dental Flight Commander, 628th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina

6. Jul 17 – Jun 18, Student, Air War College, Montgomery AFB, Alabama

7. Jun 18 – June 19, Commander, 56th Dental Squadron, Luke AFB, Arizona

8. June 19 – Jun 21, Commander, 56th Healthcare Operations Squadron, Luke AFB, Arizona

9. July 21 - Present, Commander, 56th Medical Group



Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air and Space Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air and Space Achievement Medal

Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award with six oak leaf clusters

National Defense Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Medal

Armed Forces Service Medal with one Service Star

Humanitarian Service Medal



2012 – Air Combat Command Dental Educator of the Year

2016 – Led Air Force Small Dental Clinic of the Year



Ohio State Dental Board



Schwamburger, NT, Hancock RH, et. al. The rate of adverse events during IV conscious sedation. General Dentistry. September/October 2012. 60(5):e341-344.

Rate of Adverse Events in Conscious IV Sedation. International Association of Dental Research Poster Presentation, March 2011.

Socket Preservation. Academy of Operative Dentistry Annual Meeting Table Clinic, February 2011.

Nickel-Titanium Rotary File Fracture: Causes & Prevention. California Dental Association Table Clinic, May 2006



Diplomate, American Board of General Dentistry Pre-Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry



Captain - 26 May 2005

Major - 26 May 2011

Lieutenant Colonel - 26 May 2016

Colonel - 17 May 2020


(Current as of Jan 2023)