Nicholas W. Gumley was recently promoted from Captain to Major in the U.S. Air Force.
Conducting the promotion was Col. Ronald J. Merchant, Chief Medical Support Division and Command Administrator Office of the Command Surgeon, Air Mobility Command Headquarters, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The promotion occurred on the aft of a C-130 medical evacuation aircraft at the headquarters building.
Prior to his promotion, Capt. Gumley — a 2007 graduate of Wilmington High School — was the interim Director of Operations for the 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES) at Scott Air Force Base. Maj. Gumley currently serves as Director of Operations for the 375th AES.
Gumley had additionally served as Operations Support Flight Commander of the 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron where he led a multidisciplinary team that supported home station, hurricane response and deployment aeromedical evacuation operations.
Prior to his assignment to Scott Air Force Base, Gumley was the TRICARE Operations and Patient Administration Flight Commander and Group Practice Manager of the 354th Medical Group, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.
Gumley previously was the Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer for the most geographically separated wing of the Air Force at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. He was responsible for the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing’s 11.3M annual budget that supported operational and infrastructure assets at 20 locations across the Continental United States.
In 2016, Gumley was competitively selected to transfer from the Financial Management career field to the Medical Services Corps.
Colonel Merchant said, “As you would expect after digesting all of the achievements captured in Nick’s eight officer performance reports, and four decoration citations it is clear this soon to be Major seized every opportunity and/or challenge and delivered staggering results time and time again.” Colonel Merchant said, “Something deep inside you called you to make a difference, to be compassionate and exude excellence. My challenge to you as you transition to be a Field Grade Officer is to continue leading … and to continue to make a difference in the lives of your Airmen. Thank you for being an incredible Airman, Officer, MSC (Medical Service Corps), leader, follower, family man/father and affording me the opportunity to preside over your ceremony today. Congratulations on a job well done.”
Maj. Gumley is a 2005 Eagle Scout of the former Troop 909 chartered to the Wilmington Church of Christ. In May of 2011, he graduated from Xavier University, Cincinnati, having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Entrepreneurship, Williams College of Business. Upon graduation from XU, he received a commission from the U.S. Air Force 665th Reserve Officer Training Corps detachment, University of Cincinnati, OH.