Col. William B. Mickley is the Vice Commander, 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus Air Force Base, Okla. He is the second in command of the wing and is responsible for the formal training of all C-17A, KC-135R/T and KC-46A aircrews for active duty, Air National Guard and Air Reserve units, as well as multiple partner air forces from around the world. In addition, the wing simultaneously maintains a worldwide capability to support combatant commanders by deploying mission ready Airmen on short notice.
Col. Mickley received his commission in 1995 from the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. During his tenure in the United States Air Force, he has commanded a squadron, held numerous aircrew flying positions, served as Wing Manpower and Organization Officer, and also as the Chief of Wing Inspections. In these capacities, he has led multiple A-76 studies; planned the first organic C-17A Squadron deployment; served as the Coalition Air Operations Center, Air Mobility Division, Deputy Chief of Tactics; and led the CENTAF forward Threat Working Group. Prior to his current position, the colonel was the group commander, 97th Operations Group at Altus AFB, Okla.
1995 Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, The Citadel, Charleston, S.C.
2002 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala., Right of Line
2002 Master of Science, Human Resource Management, Troy State University, by correspondence
2007 Master of Science, Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2017 National Defense Fellowship, Air War College, Washington, D.C.
2017 Certificate in Policy Strategy, Brookings Executive Education Program, Washington, D.C.
1. September 1995–July 1997, Chief, Manpower and Quality Support Branch, 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.
2. July 1997–August 1999, Chief, Manpower Programs, 15th Air Base Wing, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
3. August 1999–December 2000, Student, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
4. December 2000–November 2004, Assistant Flight Commander, 15th Airlift Squadron; Executive Officer, 437th Operations Group, Charleston AFB, S.C.
5. November 2004–July 2006, Lead Airdrop Instructor, 58th Airlift Squadron; Chief, Wing Inspections, 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus AFB, Okla.
6. July 2006–June 2007, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. June 2007–July 2008, Chief, Standardization and Evaluation, 3d Airlift Squadron, Dover AFB, Del.
8. July 2008–October 2009, Executive Officer, 436th Airlift Wing, Dover AFB, Del.
9. October 2009–July 2010, Deputy Chief, Unmanned Aerial Systems Branch, NORAD Strategy, Policy & Plans, Peterson AFB, Colo.
10. July 2010–November 2011, Chief, Security Cooperation Programs, USNORTHCOM Strategy, Policy & Plans, Peterson AFB, Colo.
11. May 2012–May 2014, Commander, 7th Airlift Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
12. June 2014–May 2015, Deputy Chief, Global Reach Division, Headquarters Air Force, Strategic Plans & Programs, Pentagon, Va.
13. May 2015–June 2016, Executive Officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation, Pentagon, Va.
14. July 2016–June 2017, National Defense Fellow, the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
15. June 2017–August 2019, Commander, 97th Operations Group, Altus AFB, Okla.
16. August 2019–Present, Vice Commander, 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus AFB, Okla.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. October 2009–November 2011, Chief, Theater Security Cooperation Programs Branch and Deputy Chief, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Branch; Strategy, Policy, and Plans Directorate, NORAD and USNORTHCOM, Peterson AFB, Colo., as a major
2. May 2015–June 2016, Executive Officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation, Pentagon, Va., as a lieutenant colonel
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: more than 3,000 hours
Aircraft flown: T-37B, T-1A, C-17A, KC-135 and KC-46A
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device and two oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
1996 AFSPC Manpower and Quality Officer of the Year
1998 PACAF Manpower and Quality Officer of the Year
2006 Wing Readiness Officer of the Year
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Aug. 1995
First Lieutenant Aug. 1997
Captain Aug. 1999
Major Jan. 2006
Lieutenant Colonel Nov. 2010
Colonel Feb. 2017
(Current as of August 2019)