Colonel MARGARET PICCOLO

 

Colonel Margaret Piccolo is the Commander of the 109th Medical Group, Stratton at the 109th, Stratton Air National Guard Base, Scotia, New York.

 

Colonel 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, Colonel Piccolo was assigned to the 6918th Electronic Security Squadron, Sembach Air Base, Germany. While assigned to the 6918th, Colonel Piccolo was the Airman in Charge 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, Colonel Piccolo was assigned to the 380th Logistics Squadron, Plattsburgh Air Force Base, New York.  In 1992, Colonel Piccolo joined the New York Air National Guard and was assigned to 106th Rescue Wing, Avionics Maintenance Squadron. In 1995, Lieutenant Colonel Piccolo crossed-trained to become Unit Training Manager for Logistics Squadron.  In 1999, she cross-trained back into Inventory Management Specialist.  In April 2005, Colonel Piccolo was directly commissioned as a Health Service Administration Officer.  In 2020, Lieutenant Colonel Piccolo was assigned to the Office of the Joint Surgeon as the Air Operations and Liaison Officer in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, for Operation Inoculation.  In 2021, she was temporarily assigned to the first Duel Status Command in New York for Joint Service Operations, vaccinating underservice New Yorkers.

 

Throughout Colonel Piccolo’s career, she had 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 HH60s and C130s.  In September 2003, Colonel 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, Colonel Piccolo was the Medical Administrative Officer at the 106th Medical Group.

 

EDUCATION

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.

2020 Air War College – Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. By correspondence

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNMENTS

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.

  1. April 2005 – December 2019, Medical Service Corp Officer, 106th Medical Group, Francis S. Gabreski ANGB, West Hampton Beach, N.Y.
  2. 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 cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

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

Armed Forces 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, 2003

Major April 15, 2010

Lieutenant Colonel April 15, 2017

Colonel June 24, 2021

 

 

(Current as of February 2022)