Colonel Jill R. Scheckel is the Command Surgeon, Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) and Third Air Force. As the Command Surgeon, she advises and represents the Major Command's and Numbered Air Force Commanders on all aspects of the medical service mission in support of three combatant commands. Her leadership and oversight encompasses a $32 million regional TRICARE health plan; the organization, training and equipping of 2,900 theater assigned medical personnel and $1.04 billion in resources at eight medical treatment facilities, ten medical aid stations and 83 geographically separated units throughout the European theater serving 68,000 military health system beneficiaries. Colonel Scheckel facilitates a robust global health engagement program aimed at building partner nation military medical capacity and deliberate and crisis action planning efforts to achieve our nation’s objectives throughout Europe and Africa.
Colonel Scheckel received a direct commission into the Air Force in July 1995. She is a licensed psychologist and previously served as an Air Force Intern, Director of the Air Force Executive Skills Program, MAJCOM Consultant, and Associate Chief for Medical Force Development. A three-time Group Commander, Colonel Scheckel’s commands include the 8th Medical Group at Kunsan Air Base, the 52d Medical Group at Spangdahlem Air Base, and the 55th Medical Group at Offutt Air Force Base.
1990 Bachelor of Arts, Psychological Science, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.
1992 Master of Arts, Counseling and Social Psychology, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.
1996 Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling and Social Psychology, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.
2000 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB), Ala.
2002 Organizational Management Certificate, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2003 Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence
2005 Master of Military Operational Arts and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2006 Air War College, Correspondence
2010 Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2014 Joint Medical Capstone, Washington, D.C.
1. July 1995 - August 1996, Psychology Resident, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (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 Air Base (AB), Germany
4. June 2001 - June 2002, Air Force Intern, Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
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, 72d 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 - July 2015, Commander, 52d Medical Group, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
13. August 2015 – Present, Commander, 55th Medical Group, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with 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 bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short Tour
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long Tour
1997 Superior Performance Award - Phase II Operational Readiness Inspection
1998 Alan W. London Psychologist of the Year - Air Combat Command
2000 Distinguished Graduate and CSAF Award, SOS
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, ACSC
2009 AFMC Physical Therapy Team of the Year
2009 AFMC Radiology Team of the Year
2009 Air Force Behavioral Health Team of the Year, Category II
2012 PACAF Biomedical Sciences Team of the Year
2012 PACAF Dental Clinic of the Year
2013 USAFE Biomedical Sciences Team of the Year
2013 USAFE Readiness Team of the Year
2013 USAFE Medical Logistics Account of the Year
2013 USAFE Patient Safety Program of the Year
2013 USAFE Best Clinic of the Year
2014 USAFE Best Patient Centered Medical Home of the Year
2014 USAFE Dental Clinic of the Year
2014 USAFE Medical Logistics Account of the Year
2014 USAFE Patient Safety Program of the Year
2014 USAFE Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award
2015 ACC Large Dental Clinic of the Year
2015 ACC Personnel Reliability Program of the Year
2015 Air Force Medical Readiness Team of the Year
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Captain July 1, 1995
Major June 1, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 1, 2006
Colonel Jan. 1, 2012
(Current as of May 2016)