Col. Michelle E. Van Sickle is the Commander of the 433rd Medical Group at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. In this capacity, she serves as the senior medical advisor to the wing commander on medical force strategies, policies, practices and tenets. In addition, she provides leadership, vision and strategic direction for 350 assigned reservists with 31 Air Force Specialty Codes in three reserve medical units: the 433rd Aerospace Medicine Squadron, the 433rd Aeromedical Staging Squadron and the 433rd Medical Squadron, which service 2,500 and 400 tenant personnel. The 433rd MDG provides combat ready forces to enhance force agility and lethality, supporting worldwide missions.
Col. Van Sickle was commissioned in 1991. In five years of active duty service, she performed in a number of capacities, including Director of Patient Administration, Chief of Medical Readiness, Director of Inpatient Operations, and Assistant Administrator of Resource Management. She joined the Air Force Reserve in 2003 and has served in a variety of key squadron leadership positions with experience at the group, wing and Numbered Air Force staffs. Positions held include Director for Wing Plans, Programs and Resource Management, Director of Civil Emergency Management, Flight Commander, Senior Administrator, Director for Wing Commander’s Action Group where she was an executive advisor between 4 groups, 20 squadrons and 15 wing staff agencies, Squadron Commander, Director for Fourth Air Force Commander’s Action Group.
Prior to her current command assignment, she was the Commander, 914th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Niagara Falls, NY. As commander, she was responsible for the training qualification and combat readiness of 95 personnel to perform worldwide aeromedical evacuation missions on the KC-135, C-17 and C-130 air weapon systems.
In 2021, she deployed as Commander, 405th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Ali Al Salem, Kuwait. She led the Squadron to preserve fighting strength in the United States Central Command area of responsibility, providing life-saving patient care for wounded/ill warriors via airlift for intra-theater and inter-theater missions.
1991 Bachelor of Science, Health Information Management, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
1995 Master of Science, Health Services Administration, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Mich.
2019 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
  1. January 1992 – June 1994, Director Patient Administration, 438th Medical Group, McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.
  2. June 1994 – December 1996, Assistant Director of Patient Administration, 59th Medical Wing, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
  3. December 1996 – April 2003, Inactive Ready Reserve, Lowry Air Force Base, Colo.
  4. April 2003 – August 2007, Assistant Deputy Group Commander, 59th Medical Wing, Lackland AFB, Texas
  5. August 2007 – April 2010, Executive Officer and Operations Flight Commander, 446 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, McChord Air Force Base, Wash.
  6. April 2010 – November 2011, Director of Operations, 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.
  7. November 2011– May 2012, Senior Administrator, 452d Aerospace Medicine Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, Calif.
  8. May 2012 – May 2013, Wing Director of Commander’s Action Group, 452d Air Mobility Wing, March ARB, Calif.
  9. May 2013 – May 2019, Commander, 931st Aerospace Medical Squadron, 931st Air Refueling Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan.
  10. Jan 2016 – Jan 2017, Director, Fourth Air Force Commander’s Action Group, March ARB, Calif.
  11. June 2019 – May 2022, Commander, 914th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
(May 2021 – Sept 2021, Commander, 405th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Ali Al Salem, Kuwait)
Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Air and Space Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air and Space Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award with one device
National Defense Service Medal with one device
Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with one device
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with one device
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with three devices
Air and Space Expeditionary Service Ribbon
Air and Space Longevity Service Award with five devices
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with one 'M' device
Air and Space Training Ribbon
Second Lieutenant December 19, 1991
First Lieutenant December 19, 1993
Captain December 19, 1995
Major October 1, 2005
Lieutenant Colonel September 14, 2012
Colonel April 1, 2020
(Current as of July 2022)