View February 2023 KANZA Warrior Spotlight: Lt. Col. Hendrikus "Dutch" Vanderveldt

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  • By Tech Sgt. Abigail Klein
  • 931st Air Refueling Wing


1. What is your official job title? 
Commander, 931st Aerospace Medicine Squadron (AMDS).

2. What is your hometown? Where did you grow up?
I was born in Washington D.C., however my family and I moved to Knoxville, Tenn., when I was 14 years old. My parents and sister still live there so I consider Knoxville my hometown.

3. What is your civilian job? 
In the civilian world, I am an assistant professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. By training I am an interventional gastroenterologist. In addition to seeing patients, I am also the program director for the Advanced Endoscopic Fellowship at the University and the Medical Director for Digestive Diseases at Texas Health Frisco. I have been a traditional reservist since I joined the Air Force in 2008.

4. Why did you join the AF?
When I saw the towers fall on Sept 11, 2001, I resolved that when I finished my medical training I would join the military. I finished my GI fellowship in 2008 and joined later that year.  

5. What are your goals? 
First and foremost, I want to be the best dad I can be to my young children and the best husband I can be to my wife. Overall, I want to leave the world a better place for having lived in it.

6. What are your hobbies?
When I have free time, I enjoy the outdoors with my family and riding my motorcycle with my friends. I have also recently picked up the guitar. 

7. How do you contribute to the 931st mission?   
Together with our team at the 931st AMDS, we insure that our fellow 931st reserve members are medically ready to accomplish our mission; to fly, fight, and win. 

8. What's your favorite part of the mission? 
Helping our members with their medical issues while making sure they are cared for appropriately.