COL Craig M. Ono, M.D. graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois. Upon graduation he entered active duty and completed the transitional internship at Tripler Army Medical Center followed by assignment as a General Medical Officer at Blanch field Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He returned to Tripler for the orthopedic surgery residency and as Chief Resident was deployed for Operation Desert Storm as an orthopedic surgeon with the 207th Evacuation Hospital, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. On his return he completed the residency and then completed the pediatric orthopedic surgery fellowship at the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Honolulu, Hawaii. He was next assigned to Tripler as a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon and then as the Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery. His subsequent duty assignments were as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, 121st General Hospital, Seoul, Korea; Division Surgeon for the 2nd Infantry Division, Uijongbu, Korea; Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington; and Commander, 250th Forward Surgical Team (Airborne), Fort Lewis, Washington and Task Force Medical Falcon, Camp Able Sentry, Macedonia.
COL Ono left active duty in 2000 and was assigned to the 1984th US Army Hospital as a staff orthopedic surgeon and then as the Chief of Professional Services. He was mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and was assigned to the 945th Forward Surgical Team, Al Asad, Iraq. He assumed command of the 1984th USAH in August 2004 and held command until 2007.
COL Ono was the Command Surgeon of the 9th Mission Support Command from 2007 to 2012. In 2008, he was mobilized and deployed to Afghanistan as an orthopedic surgeon for the 2nd Forward Surgical Team. In March 2012, COL Ono assumed the duties and responsibilities as Chief of Staff, 9th Mission Support Command. In April 2012, he was mobilized and deployed a second time to Afghanistan as an orthopedic surgeon for the 94th Combat Support Hospital Forward Surgical Team. He recently returned and resumed his Chief of Staff position. He has been selected and serves as the US Army Reserve Orthopedic Surgery Consultant.
COL Ono is a graduate of the Army Medical Department Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Army Command & General Staff College, and US Army War College with a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies.
As a civilian, COL Ono is the Assistant Chief of Staff and pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Honolulu. He provides orthopedic surgery care to children throughout the South and Western Pacific. This care is provided regardless of the family's ability to pay. He is the Medical Director for the hospital's Telemedicine and Outreach Clinic Programs. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics for the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. COL Ono is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and is a Fellow of the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America.
Among his awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (4 oak leaf clusters), the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.
He and his wife, Claire, reside in Wahiawa, Hawaii. They have 3 daughters, Caryn, Caitlin, and Christianne.