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Maj. Gen. Paul M. Van Sickle is currently assigned Chief, U.S. Military Training Mission, responsible to train, advise and assist the Royal Saudi Arabian Armed Forces. In addition, the general serves as the United States Defense Representative responsible for the security and safety of more than 1,000 military and civilian personnel and their families assigned to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

General Van Sickle was commissioned in 1978 through Detachment 100, Air Force ROTC program at the University of Northern Colorado. He entered the Air Force Reserve component program in 1989 after 12 years of active duty service in a variety of operational fighter assignments. In the unit program, the General has seen duty as an instructor pilot, flight examiner, flight commander, detachment commander and Chief, F-16 Standardization and Evaluation with Headquarters 1st Air Force and the Vermont Air National Guard.

In December 1997, after twenty years of operational flying assignments the general transitioned to the Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) program with an assignment to Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command as the Director of Operations Reserve Adviser; Battle Commander, Operation Noble Eagle. He later served as Vice Director of Operations, Headquarters U.S. Southern Command. He is a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours of flight time in the F-4, F-15, F-5 and the F-16. In his civilian occupation, he is an airline pilot for a major U.S. international flag carrier, United Airlines, with more than 8,000 flight hours and 24 years commercial airline experience.

1978 Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley
1980 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1986 Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, Calif.
1988 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1999 Air War College, by correspondence
2001 Reserve component courses, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2002 National Security and Decision Making Seminar
2008 Capstone, Washington, D.C.

1. March 1978 - November 1978, student, undergraduate navigator training, 451st Flying Training Wing, Mather AFB, Calif.
2. January 1979 - June 1979, student, F-4 Replacement Training Unit, Homestead AFB, Fla.
3. July 1979 - June 1980, F-4D weapons system officer, 497th Tactical Fighter Wing, Taegu Air Base, South Korea
4. June 1980 - December 1981, F-4E instructor weapons System Officer, 18th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Ark.
5. January 1982 - February 1983, student, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, 80th Flying Training Wing, Sheppard AFB, Texas
6. June 1983 - September 1983, student, F-15 Replacement Training Unit, Luke AFB, Ariz.
7. October 1983 - June 1986, F-15 instructor pilot and flight commander, 9th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.
8. July 1986 - September 1986, student, F-5E USAF Adversary Tactics Instructor Course, 57th Fighter Weapons Wing, Nellis AFB, Nev.
9. October 1986 - October 1989, F-5B/E and F-16C Aggressor instructor pilot, detachment commander and flight commander, 527th Aggressor Squadron, Royal Air Force Alconbury and RAF Bentwaters, England
10. November1989 - August 1994, F-16A/C instructor pilot, flight examiner and detachment commander, 134th Fighter Squadron, Burlington, Vt.
11. August 1994 - November 1997, F-16A/C Chief, Standardization and Evaluation, Headquarters 1st Air Force, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
12. December 1997 - November 2002, Chief of Fighter Operations; Director of Operations Reserve Adviser; and Operation Noble Eagle Battle Commander, Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
13. December 2002 - November 2004, Vice Director of Operations; individual mobilization augmentee to the Director of Operations; and Battle Commander, Continental NORAD Region, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Fla.
14. December 2004 - May 2007, Reserve Director of Operations and mobilization assistant to the Commander, Headquarters USSOUTHCOM, Miami, Fla.
15. June 2007 - October 2008, Deputy Commander for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters USSOUTHCOM, Miami, Fla.
16. November 2008 - February 2009, Military Assistant to the Commander, USSOUTHCOM, Miami, Fla.
17. March 2009 - present, Chief, U.S. Military Training Mission, U.S. Defense Representative, Saudi Arabia, U.S. Central Command, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,000 military flight hours
Military aircraft flown: F-4, T-37, T-38, F-15, F-5 and F-16
Civilian aircraft flown: Mooney 231, F-28, MD-80, B-757, B-767, B-777 and B-747-400

Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with four oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" device and bronze hourglass

Distinguished graduate, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps
Academic Excellence Award, F-4 Replacement Training Unit, Homestead AFB, Fla.
Distinguished graduate, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, Sheppard AFB, Texas
Distinguished graduate, Adversary Tactics Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
1999 Individual Mobilization Augmentee of the Year, Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command, Colo.
Capstone Alumni

The Order of Deadalians
Airline Pilots Association (ALPA)
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
Saint John's Military Academy, Alumni Association
University of Northern Colorado, Alumni Association
Florida Cattleman's Association
Reserve Officers Association (ROA), Lifetime Member

Second Lieutenant March 24, 1978
First Lieutenant March 24, 1980
Captain March 24, 1982
Major February 4, 1992
Lieutenant Colonel Nov. 1, 1995
Colonel March 13, 2000
Brigadier General Aug. 14, 2006
Major General June 8, 2009

(Current as of August 2011)