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Commander Biography

Colonel Shelly J. Norman joined Civil Air Patrol's Fire Mountain Composite Squadron in Lewis County in 2002 and was initially appointed the Emergency Services Training Officer. She later served as both Deputy Commander for Cadets and Seniors and then Squadron Commander. Group activities include co-directing two Professional Development Weekends offering both the Squadron Leadership School (SLS) and Corporate Learning Course (CLC). At the wing level, she has been on the conference planning committee and was on a work group to form the first Critical Incident Stress Management Team in Washington Wing. She has also served as Medical Officer at numerous summer and winter cadet encampments, and at the joint Washington/Oregon winter encampment. Col. Norman has served the Pacific Region as Health Services Officer and Assistant Inspector General and was instrumental in the success of Region Staff College from 2007 to 2019 while serving in positions such as Course Director, Seminar Advisor, Medical Officer and Evaluations Officer. Prior to her appointment as Wing Commander, Col. Norman served as the Washington Wing Deputy Inspector General Continuous Compliance Officer where she was responsible for implementing the continuous compliance initiative in Washington Wing. Additional duties included serving as the Health Service Officer for Pacific Region.

Mission Qualifications have included Ground Team Leader, Radio Operator, Scanner & Observer, Counter Drug, Air Operations Branch Director, Mission Staff Assistant, and CISM Team Member. She has attended numerous SAREX’s and actual missions working on both ground and aircrews and participated on an Air Ops Branch Team at a graded Sar-Eval where the team earned the grade of Excellent.

Professional education includes a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and two Master of Science in Nursing degrees. She is licensed as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Washington and holds two national board certifications to practice Family Medicine. She is a member of several Nurse Practitioner Organizations and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Col. Norman was born and raised in California before relocating to Washington in 1981 and considers Washington state her home. She currently lives in Winlock, WA with her two sons.

EDUCATION — Professional
1996 Double Board Certified in Family Practice
2010 Doctor of Nursing Practice – University of Alabama

EDUCATION — Civil Air Patrol
2002 Squadron Leadership School
2003 Unit Commanders Course
2004 Corporate Learning Course
2005 Pacific Region Staff College
2006 Training Leaders of Cadets
2006 National Staff College
2014 National Inspector General College
2020 National Safety Officer College

1. July 2011–Feb 2014 Commander, Mt. St. Helen's Composite Squadron, Washington Wing
2. March 2014–2019 Co-Director, Pacific Region Staff College
3. April 2015–Aug 2016 Inspector General, Washington Wing
4. Aug 2016–June 2017 Inspector General Assistant, Pacific Region
5. June 2017–Dec 2017 Deputy Inspector General & Continuous Compliance Officer, Washington Wing
6. Dec 2017–April 2018 Vice Commander, Washington Wing 7. April 2018–Present Wing Commander, Washington Wing

2003 Chuck Yeager Award
2004 Find Award with two bronze devices
2005 Senior of the Year Washington Wing
2006 Gill Robb Wilson #2429
2006 Commander Commendation Washington Wing
2013 Meritorious Service Award
2013 Exceptional Service Award
2013 Commanders Commendation Award Pacific Region
2014 Distinguished Graduate National Inspector General College 2015 Commanders Commendation Award Pacific Region 2017 Exceptional Service Award 2018 Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

Emergency Services, Senior
Inspector General, Master
Cadet Programs, Master
Professional Development, Master
Health Services, Master
Drug Demand Reduction, Technician
Aerospace Education, None

SM, Feb 6, 2002 
Capt, Dec 4, 2002 
Maj, Dec 5, 2005 
Lt Col, Dec 17, 2013
Col, April 14, 2018

(Current as of 5-Oct-18)

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