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Colonel Jill Scheckel is the Commander, 52nd Medical Group, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. She commands a split-operation medical treatment facility at Spangdahlem AB and Bitburg Annex. Her command consists of 360 personnel in four squadrons and a $12 million budget. The 52nd Medical Group also provides medical support for sixteen geographically-separated units (GSUs) and provides combat health support throughout U.S. European Command's area of responsibility by providing mission-ready personnel and expeditionary medical assets valued at $4.9 million. As commander, she develops programs and policies to guide coordination of local, regional and host nation health care for 10 thousand beneficiaries in five countries. Colonel Scheckel directs medical aspects of the Personnel Reliability Program for four GSUs in Northern Europe and deployment medicine for Europe's most heavily deployed fighter wing.

Colonel Scheckel received a direct commission into the Air Force in July 1995. She is a licensed, clinical psychologist and previously served as an Air Force Intern, Director of the Air Force Executive Skills Program, and Chief of Air Combat Command's Behavioral Health Branch. Colonel Scheckel previously commanded the 72nd Medical Operations Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, leading a diverse squadron of 184 military, civil service, and contract personnel. Most recently, Colonel Scheckel commanded the 8th Medical Group at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. In this capacity, she delivered full spectrum medical support to 3 thousand warfighters, while maintaining responsibility for the integration of follow-on forces during a contingency. This included expansion to an Air Force Theater Hospital, with aeromedical staging capability and the rapid employment of $18 million in war reserve materiel.

1990 Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Science, Ball State University, Ind.
1992 Master of Arts in Counseling and Social Psychology, Ball State University, Ind.
1996 Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling and Social Psychology, Ball State University, Ind.
2000 Squadron Officer School, in residence, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2002 Certificate, Organizational Management, George Washington University, Washington D.C.
2003 Air Command and Staff College, in correspondence
2005 Master of Military Operational Arts and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2006 Air War College, in correspondence
2010 Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

1. July 1995 - August 1996, Psychology Resident, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2. September 1996 - May 1999, Chief, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
3. May 1999 - May 2001, Chief, Administrative Services Element, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
4. June 2001 - June 2002, Air Force Intern, Pentagon
5. June 2002 - June 2004, Director, Air Force Executive Skills Program, Sheppard AFB, Texas
6. June 2004 - June 2005, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. June 2005 - July 2007, Chief, Air Combat Command Behavioral Health, Langley AFB, Va.
8. July 2007 - June 2009, Commander, 72nd Medical Operations Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla.
9. July 2009 - May 2010, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
10. June 2010 - June 2012, Associate Chief, Officer Force Development Division, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Rosslyn, Va.
11. June 2012 - June 2013, Commander, 8th Medical Group, Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea
12. July 2013 to present, Commander, 52d Medical Group, Spangdahlem AB, Germany

Legion of Merit Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Medal

1997 Superior Performance Award - Phase II Operational Readiness Inspection
1998 Alan W. London Psychologist of the Year - Air Combat Command
2000 Distinguished Graduate/Chief of Staff Award, Squadron Officer School
2003 382 TRS Training Development Chief of the Year
2003 382 TRS Support Officer of the Year
2003 John C. Flanagan Psychologist of the Year - Air Education and Training Command
2005 Distinguished Graduate, Air Command and Staff College
2009 Air Force Materiel Command Physical Therapy Team of the Year
2009 Air Force Materiel Command Radiology Team of the Year
2009 Air Force Behavioral Health Team of the Year, Category II
2011 Pacific Air Forces' Biomedical Sciences Team of the Year
2011 Pacific Air Forces' Small Dental Clinic of the Year

Captain 1 July 1995
Major 1 June 2002
Lieutenant Colonel 1 December 2006
Colonel 1 January 2012

(Current as of July 2013)

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