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Col Michelle R. Mulberry, Vice Commander

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Colonel Michelle R. Mulberry is the Vice Commander, 153d Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard. The 153d Airlift Wing supports the State of Wyoming, the Air National Guard and the United States Air Force. The Wing is equipped with eight C-130H aircraft and consists of more than 1,200 personnel across 20 squadrons. The 153d supports state and national interests through peacetime and combat airlift missions throughout the world.  The Wing also has capabilities for aerial firefighting (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System), an aeromedical evacuation unit, a command and control mission and an air traffic control unit.

Colonel Mulberry entered the Army National Guard in February 1990. She achieved the rank of sergeant while flying as a medic on the UH- 1 Huey helicopter and later on the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. She completed her nursing degree from Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyo., in 1999 and transferred to the Wyoming Air National Guard in September 2000 when she was commissioned as a second lieutenant. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wyoming in 2004 and received her Master of Military Operational Art and Science degree from Air University in 2012.

Colonel Mulberry began her Wyoming Air National Guard career in the187th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron in 2000 as a Flight Nurse. Colonel Mulberry was the commander of the 187th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron before assuming command of the 153d Mission Support Group, Wyoming Air National Guard where she was responsible for all support functional areas on the base including civil engineering, personnel, supply, services, readiness, facility management, ground communications, telecommunications, information technology, security, contracting, transportation, vehicle maintenance, fuels distribution and bio-environmental.

Colonel Mulberry has flown more than 1,000 hours in C-130 Hercules, C-17 Globemaster III and KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft and has transported hundreds of ill and injured warriors. She has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation New Dawn and supported Hurricane Katrina. She completed an overseas tour where she taught aeromedical evacuation techniques in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, to more than 60 Congolese doctors and nurses.

EDUCATION 

1994 Associate of Science, Bismarck State College, Bismarck, N.D.

1996 Primary Leadership Development Course, Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Camp Williams, Utah 1999 Associate of Nursing, Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyo.

2004 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Wyoming, Laramie 2007 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

2012 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 2016 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

ASSIGNMENTS 

June 1990 – May 1996, Medic, North Dakota Army National Guard, Bismarck, N.D. 

May 1996 – February 1999, Medic, Wyoming Army National Guard, Cheyenne, Wyo.

February 1999 – January 2013, Flight Nurse, 187th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Wyoming Air National Guard, Cheyenne, Wyo.

January 2013 – January 2017, Commander, 187th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Wyoming Air National Guard, Cheyenne, Wyo.

January 2017 – October 2019, Commander, 153d Mission Support Group, Wyoming Air National Guard, Cheyenne, Wyo. October 2019 – Present, Vice Wing Commander, 153d Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard, Cheyenne Wyo.

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating: flight nurse examiner Flight hours: more than 1,220

Aircraft flown: C-130J, KC-135T, KC-135R C-130E, C-17A, C-130H

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS 

Meritorious Service Medal

Air Medal

Aerial Achievement Medal Army Commendation Medal Air Force Achievement Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device Combat Readiness Medal

Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal National Defense Service Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal

Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border Air Force Longevity Service

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two 'M' devices Air Force Training Ribbon

Army Service Ribbon NATO Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION 

Second Lieutenant Sept. 16, 2000

First Lieutenant Sept. 16, 2002

Captain Nov. 2, 2004

Major Nov. 2, 2008

Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 7, 2012

Colonel Jan. 31, 2018

(Current as of February 2020)