Colonel Guy “Rudy” Moise Hangs Up His Uniform after 21 Years of Service
Miami – Colonel Guy “Rudy” Moise, the highest-ranking Haitian American currently serving in the United States Air Force, will retire from the service. Air Force officials will hold a retirement ceremony for Colonel Moise to honor his service to the United States at Homestead Air Reserve Base on Sunday April 7, 2013. Moise, 58, a Colonel and Flight Surgeon has served at Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida for 16 years. The base is a fully combat-ready unit capable of providing F-16C multi-purpose fighter aircraft, along with mission-ready pilots and support personnel, for short-notice worldwide deployment. The wing has approximately 1,600 members, including more than 1,200 reservists, in addition to 325 full time civilians. Moise was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and moved to the United States at the age of 17. He believed that in America he could find great opportunity and dedicated himself to achieving the American dream. Moise earned an Undergraduate Degree at the University of Illinois and a Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He later earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law. Moise also holds a Flight Surgeon Degree from the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. Moise started his military career as a medical officer in the US Public Health Service for four years. He later joined the Air Force Reserve where he served as Chief of Aerospace Medicine, then as Chief of Hospital Services at the 482nd Medical Squadron in Homestead. His last two years, he has served at the 622 RSG at Dobbins Air Reserve Base and at the 622 ASTS at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. Moise has flown in most of the military aircrafts, including F-15, F-16, KC-130, C-130 to name a few. “The United States and Haiti have a deep history and a longstanding friendship.” said Florida Civil Rights Association State President J. Willie David, III. “In 1779, free Haitian soldiers from the French colony of Saint Domingue, now the Republic of Haiti, came to the aid of American patriots fighting for freedom at the Siege of Savannah during the American Revolutionary War. Moise joined the US military as a trail blazer, breaking down barriers, to serve America as his countrymen did over 200 years ago.” David said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to have served in the Air Force Reserve. America has been very good to me and serving in the military was the best way to give back.” Moise said. Since 1984, Moise has been the President and CEO of Comprehensive Health Center in North Miami as well as Physician Urgent Care Group in Miami Shores. He and his wife Mirjam have two children, Rudy Jr., 11 and Maya, 8.