Senior Aerospace Science Instructor

LtCol Michael S. Sheldon

Air Force Career

Lt Col Michael S. Sheldon is the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor at Scripps Ranch High School. He is responsible for the management and administration of the Scripps Ranch High School AFJROTC program in accordance with Department of Defense, Air Force and AFJROTC instructional guidance, under supervision of the school principal or other designated school official.

Lt Col Sheldon is a 1994 graduate of Virginia Tech. He entered the USAF in 1996, receiving his commission through Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in February of 1997.

After completing Undergraduate Navigator Training and qualifying in the C-130, Lt Col Sheldon was assigned to the 39th AS at Dyess AFB. During this period, he participated in Operations JOINT FORGE/GUARDIAN, SOUTHERN WATCH, and ENDURING FREEDOM and gained his certification as an Instructor. Following this assignment, he served as the Air Mobility Liaison Officer to the 173rd BCT (Airborne) and US Army SETAF in Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and Afghanistan. His next assignment brought him to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where he held positions as the ADO in the 37 AS and at HQ USAFE as an IG Inspector and Building Partnership Strategist. Lt Col Sheldon then served as the Director of Operations for the 496th Air Base Squadron, Morón Air Base, Spain, then as the Air Mobility Liaison Officer for US Army Africa. He officially retired from the USAF on 30 June 2017 and assumed the position as Senior Aerospace Science Instructor at Scripps Ranch High School starting August 2017.


  • 1994 – Bachelors of Science degree in Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
  • 2002 – C-130 Instructor Navigator Certification, Little Rock Air Force Base, AR
  • 2003 – Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
  • 2007 – Air Command and Staff College
  • 2009 – Masters Degree in Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • 2014 – Air War College

Awards & Decorations

  • Bronze Star
  • Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
  • Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
  • Aerial Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and three oak leaf clusters
  • Combat Readiness Medal
  • Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • National Defense Service Ribbon with bronze star
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Kosovo Campaign Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star
  • Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Service Medal with bronze star
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • Air & Space Campaign Medal
  • NATO Medal with two bronze stars (Former Yugoslavia/Kosovo/Libya)
  • Multinational Force and Observers Medal


  • Nov 88 – Jul 94 Infantrymen, USA & VA ANG, Fort Benning, GA / Blacksburg, VA
  • Jul 94 – Jul 95 Infantry Fire Team Leader, C Co. 4/505 PIR, 82nd ABN, Fort Bragg, NC
  • Jul 95 – Oct 96 Infantry Squad Leader, A Co. 1/116th Inf, 29th Inf Div (VA ANG) Radford, VA
  • Oct 96 – Feb 97 Officer Trainee, Officer Training School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
  • Feb 97 – Aug 97 Aviation Indoctrination Trainee, 325 Fighter Wing, Pensacola Naval Air Station, FL
  • Aug 97 – Jun 98 Undergraduate Navigator Trainee, 562nd Training Squadron, Randolph Air Force Base, TX
  • Jun 98 – Feb 99 C-130 Student Navigator, 314th Airlift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base, AR
  • Feb 99 – Jun 03 C-130H Instructor Navigator/Assistance Chief of Training, Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, TX
  • June 03 – Oct 06 Air Mobility Liaison Officer, Det 1, 4th ASOG, Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy
  • Oct 06 – Jun 07 Assistant Director of Operations, 37 AS, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  • Jun 07 – May 09 Chief, Theater Engagement Exercises, 86 OSS, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  • May 09 – Oct 10 Chief, Air Mobility Operations Inspections, HQ USAFE IG, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  • Oct 10 – Jul 11 Chief, Building Partnership Operations Branch, HQ USAFE A5/8/9, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  • Aug 11 – May 13 Director of Operations, 496th Air Base Squadron, Morón AB, Spain
  • June 13 – June 17 Air Mobility Liaison Officer to US Army Africa / Southern European Task Force
  • Aug 17 – Present Senior Aerospace Science Instructor to Scripps Ranch High School AFJROTC

Effective Dates of Promotion

  • Private – Nov 1988

  • Private First Class – May 1990

  • Specialist – May 1991

  • Sergeant – Nov 1992

  • Staff Sergeant – Feb 1994

  • Second Lieutenant – 7 Feb 1997

  • First Lieutenant – 7 Feb 1999

  • Captain – 7 Feb 2001

  • Major – 1 Sep 2006

  • Lieutenant Colonel – 1 Jan 2012


Scripps Ranch High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) CA-935th program has been the number one JROTC unit in the San Diego Unified School District for many years. We value hard-work, friendship, and achievement, pushing our cadets not only to be their best, but also to perform their best.

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10410 Treena Street
San Diego, CA 92131

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