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COLONEL MICHELLE D. AASTROM

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Colonel Michelle D. Aastrom is the Military Treatment Facility Director/Service Commander of the 366th Fighter Wing, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. She is the Chief Executive Officer for a multi-specialty outpatient clinic, leading a staff of 277 personnel organized in two squadrons serving a patient population of 24,000. She executes a $151 million dollar enterprise of operational budgets, facilities, war reserve material, and contracts.

Colonel Aastrom was born and raised in northeastern Ohio where she initially enlisted in 1984 as a Navy Hospital Corpsman and served 8 years between AD and Naval Reserves. She entered the Air Force in 1994 as a Direct Commission and has held a variety of nursing management positions and leadership positions such as Wing Executive Officer, interim Medical Operations Squadron Commander, and Chief Nurse. Prior to her current position, Col Aastrom was the Commander, of the 81st Training Wing, Keesler AFB, Mississippi. Col Aastrom has deployed in support of IRAQI FREEDOM and PACIFIC LIFELINE.

EDUCATION:

1993 Bachelor of Science, Nursing – University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming

2000 Squadron Officer School, In-residence, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

2001 Nursing Service Management, Sheppard AFB, Texas

2008 Masters of Science, Forensic Science, minor Forensic Nursing, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado

2010 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

2013 HQ Air Education and Training Command, Medical Force Development Fellowship

2014 Nursing Practice Oversight Course, San Antonio, Texas

2014 Intermediate Executive Skills Course, San Antonio, Texas

2014 Patient Centered Medical Home Operations Course, San Antonio, Texas

2015 Health Professions Education and Training Course, Fort Sam Houston, Texas

2015 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence with SDE In-residence equivalency

2015 Patient Centered Medical Home Executive Leadership Seminar, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio

2016 Air Force Medical Service Senior Leadership Seminar, Lackland AFB, Texas

2016 Simulation Operations Course, Lackland AFB, Texas

2018 Medical Incident Investigator Course, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

2019 Senior Officer Legal Orientation Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala

2019 Group Commanders Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. January 1996 – January 1997, Clinical Nurse, Antepartum Unit, 59th Medical Group, Lackland AFB, Texas

2. January 1997 – January 1998, Clinical Nurse, Birthing Center, 10th Medical Group, USAF Academy, Colo

3. January 1998 – September 1998, Clinical Nurse, Ambulatory Surgical Unit, 10th Medical Group USAF Academy, Colo

4. October 1998 – October 1999, Clinical Nurse, Obstetrical-Newborn Unit, 90th Medical Group, FE Warren AFB, Wyo

5. October 1999 – October 2001, Pediatric Flight Nurse Manager, 90th Medical Group, FE Warren AFB, Wyo

6. October 2001 – June 2003, Wing Executive Officer, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, Ariz

7. June 2003 – July 2005, Element Chief, Family Practice Copper Clinic, 56th Medical Group, Luke AFB, Ariz

(Deployed June 2004 – August 2004, Executive Officer, Commander, Joint Task Force, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Baghdad, Iraq)

8. August 2005 – March 2007, Element Chief, Ambulatory Procedure Unit, 3rd Medical Group, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska

9. March 2007 – November 2008, Chief, Perinatal Nursing Unit, 3rd Medical Group, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska

(Deployed February 2008 Troop CC/Chief Nurse, Operation PACIFIC LIFELINE, Kona, Hawaii)

10. November 2008 – August 2010, Flight Commander, Multi-Service Unit, 3rd Medical Group, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska

11. August 2010 – March 2011, STARS-P Clinical Coordinator, 59th Medical Wing, Lackland AFB, Texas

12. March 2011 – May 2012, Maternal-Child Flight Commander, 59th Medical Wing, Lackland AFB, Texas

13. May 2012 – June 2013, Director, Perinatal Nursing Course, 59th Medical Wing, Lackland AFB, Texas

14. June 2013 – July 2014, SDE Fellow, HQ, AETC, Randolph AFB JBSA, Texas

15. July 2014 – July 2016, Chief Nurse, 72d Medical Group, Tinker AFB, Okla

16. July 2016 – June 2016, Commander, 81st Inpatient Operations Squadron, Keesler AFB, Miss

17. June 2019 – Present, Military Treatment Facility Director/Service Commander, 366 Fighter Wing, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

AF Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters

AF Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters

AF Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters

National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS:

2015 AFMC USAF Outstanding Excellence in Nursing Leadership award

2013 59 MDW Field Grade Officer of the Quarter

2012 AWHONN Armed Forces Team of the Year

2009 DoD/VA Capt Bruno Award of Excellence Team of the Quarter

2006 Alaska March of Dimes Perioperative Nurse of the Year

2003 56 FW Warrior of the Week

2002 56 MDOS Company Grade Officer of the Quarter

2002 90 MDG Company Grade Officer of the Year

2002 90 MDG Federal Woman/AF Nurse of the Year

2000 90 FW Professional Performer Award

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

First Lieutenant 13 December 1996

Captain 13 December 1998

Major 1 March 2006

Lieutenant Colonel 1 August 2012

Colonel 1 April 2017

(Current as of 27 December 2019)