Contact Information

Preventive Medicine and Biometrics: Faculty


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
AFRRI, Room 3176F
Phone: (301) 295-9297
Email: amber.biles@usuhs.edu

Amber D. Biles

Commander, Medical Service Corps, USN
Assistant Professor

Profile

CDR Biles graduated from Georgia Southern University with a B.S. degree in Biology and a minor in Spanish in 1995 and a M.S. degree in Exercise Physiology in 1996. In 1998 she accepted a direct appointment to the Navy as an Aerospace and Operational Physiologist in the Medical Service Corps. Her initial tour was NAS Pensacola where she completed the Naval Aerospace Physiology training program and was designated an Aerospace Physiologist. She completed her internship at the Aviation Survival Training Center (ASTC), MCAS Miramar in San Diego, CA in January of 2001.

After graduating Aviation Safety Officer School at the Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey, CA, CDR Biles reported to MAG- 14 as the group's Aeromedical Safety Officer (AMSO) in March of 2002. In July of 2004 she was hand picked to transfer to the ASTC Cherry Point as the Director. She oversaw the effective training of over 3500 joint warfighters in physiology and/or water survival training. During her time at the ASTC she was very active with the local Medical Service Corps (MSC) community, chairing the ball committee in 2005, and acting as Treasurer and Fundraising Chairman for 2006-2010.

CDR Biles' follow-on tour was Second Marine Aircraft Wing (2d MAW) as the AMSO. She assumed additional responsibilities by stepping up as the assistant Director of Safety and Standardization. She qualified as a Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Officer and was handpicked to coordinate and supervise the FMF Qualification Program for 2d MAW. She accomplished a major career milestone by successfully passing the Aerospace Medicine Association (ASMA) Aerospace Physiology certification examination. In 2010 CDR Biles was designated with the Human Systems Integration subspecialty, completed year two of Expeditionary Warfare School, completed Naval War College thus completing JPME phase 1, and earned her Executive Medicine AQD. CDR Biles is diligently working towards completing a Doctorate in Management and Organizational Leadership through the University of Phoenix.

In 2011 CDR Biles deployed with 2d MAW forward for five months ISO OEF as the AMSO. In August, 2011, she transferred to the Uniformed School University of the Health Sciences in the Preventative Medicine and Biometrics Department in the Occupational and Environmental Health division as an Assistant Professor. Her current billet offers her the opportunity to instruct graduate students as well as conduct research projects.

CDR Biles' personal decorations include the Air Medal with bronze numeral one, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), National Defense Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with EGA and bronze star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal with gold star, NATO ISAF Medal, Expert Rifle Medal and Expert Pistol Medal.

Degress

  • B.S. Biology, Georgia Southern University
  • M.S. Exercise Science (Cardiac Rehabilitation emphasis), Georgia Southern University

Research

Her current projects include a study on CEP usage in combat, hearing protection for Naval personnel, dietary supplementation and human performance, and effectiveness of training for dynamic devices in aviation training.

Teaching

  • Introduction to Physiology
  • Aerospace and Operational Physiology
  • Human Factors
  • Aerospace Medicine
  • Human Factors in Aviation
  • Health Care Management (assistant instructor)

Areas of Expertise

  • Certified Aerospace and Operational Physiologist
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological SME for Naval Aviation
  • Technical LASER Safety Officer
  • NITE lab Instructor and Supervisor

Professional Activities

  • MSC Strategic Goals Group, Professional Development Subcommittee
  • Aerospace Medicine Association
  • Aerospace Medicine Association Associate Fellows
  • Aerospace Medicine Association Aerospace and Operational Physiology certification Exam Committee
  • Aerospace Physiology Society
  • Aviation Human Factors Association
  • Life Sciences and Bioengineering Branch
  • Society of United States Naval Aerospace Physiologists
  • Sea Service Leadership Association
  • Military Officer Association of America