Lieutenant Colonel Margaret Piccolo is the Commander of the 109th Medical Group, Stratton at the 109th, Stratton Air National Guard Base, Scotia, New York.
Lt. Col. Piccolo began her military career when she enlisted with the United States Air Force as an Inventory Management Specialist in November 1984. After completing her technical training at Lowry AFB, Colorado, Lt. Col. Piccolo was assigned to the 6918th Electronic Security Squadron, Sembach Air Base, Germany. While assigned to the 6918th, Lt. Col. Piccolo was the Airman in Charger of Logistics for Ground Radio Maintenance and liaison to 69th Electronic Security Command. As a member of the elite Honor Guard and Drill team, she was requested by name to perform distinguished Wing details. In March1987, Lt. Col. Piccolo was assigned to the 380th Logistics Squadron, Plattsburgh Air Force Base, New York. In 1992, Lt. Col. Piccolo joined the New York Air National Guard and was assigned to 106th Rescue Wing, Avionics Maintenance Squadron. In 1995, Lt. Col. Piccolo crossed-trained to become Unit Training Manager for Logistics Squadron. In 1999, she cross-trained back into Inventory Management Specialist. In April 2005, Lt. Col. Piccolo was directly commissioned as a Health Service Administration Officer.
Throughout Lt. Col. Piccolo’s career, she has multiple deployments in support of Operations NORTHERN/SOUTHERN WATCH, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. During the deployment, she was the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of the Logistics section maintaining mobility readiness spare package for both HH-60s and C-130s. In September 2003, Lt. Col. Piccolo became a superintendent in Logistics. She cross-trained into the Health Services Administration career field and was selected as the Medical Readiness Officer and Officer in Charge of Medical Logistics. Prior to her current position, Lt. Col. Piccolo was the Medical Administrative Officer at the 106th Medical Group,
1984 Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
1985 Inventory Management Apprentice Course, Lowry AFB, Colo.
1986 Associates of Arts – University of Maryland European Division, Sembach, Germany
1987 Noncommissioned Officer Prep Course, Plattsburgh AFB, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
1988 Associates of Applied Science in Logistic – CCAF
1988 Bachelor of Science Degree – Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill.
1992 Masters of Arts Degree – Plattsburgh State University, Plattsburgh N.Y.
1995 Noncommissioned Office Academy – Maxwell, Tenn
1996 Unit Training Manager Course – Maxwell, Tenn
1999 Associates of Applied Science in Education and Training - CCAF
2003 Senior Noncommissioned Office Academy – Non-Residence
2005 Reserve Commissioned Officer Training, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2006 Health Service Administration Course, Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas
2012 Masters of Arts– Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2015 Masters of Science – Metropolitan College of New York, New York, N.Y.
1. March 1985 – March 1987, Inventory Specialist, 6918 Electronic Security Squadron, Sembach AB, Germany
2. April 1987- April 1992, Logistics Maintenance Liaison, 380th Air Wing, Plattsburgh AFB, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
3. June 1992 – April 2005, Logistics Superintendent, 106th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Francis S. Gabreski ANGB, West Hampton Beach, N.Y.
4. April 2005 – December 2019, Medical Service Corp Officer, 106th Medical Group, Francis S. Gabreski ANGB, West Hampton Beach, N.Y.
5. December 2019 – Present, Medical Group Commander, 109th Medical Group, Stratton ANG Base, Scotia, N.Y.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Unit Award
AF Outstanding Unit Award with nine oak leaf clusters
AF Good Conduct Medal
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
AF Overseas Ribbon Short
AF Overseas Ribbon Long
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Military Officer’s Association of America
Health Service Administration Association
Noncommissioned Officer Association
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Captain April 15, 2005
Major April 15, 2010
Lieutenant Colonel April 15, 2017
(Current as of October 2020)