Colonel Nancy Sumner
February 26th meeting will feature Colonel Nancy Sumner.
Colonel Sumner is the commander of the 146th Medical Group, 146th Airlift Wing, located at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Port Hueneme, Calif. She has been a member of the California National Guard since 1981 and received an Associate’s Degree as a Registered Nurse in 1986 from Glendale Community College. Her career with the Air National Guard has been devoted to the field of medicine and aeromedical evacuation. Colonel Sumner assumed command of the 146th Medical Group on December 1, 2007.
Colonel Sumner was assigned to the 146th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron as a Medical Technician upon completion of technical school. She attained the rank of Staff Sergeant prior to being commissioned into the Nurse Corps in 1986. While assigned to the Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Colonel Sumner’s positions included OIC Flight Scheduling, OIC Mobile Aeromedical Staging Facility, and Chief of Standards and Evaluation. During this period she served in Operation DESERT STORM where she flew 36 aeromedical evacuation missions. In March of 2001 she transferred to the 146th Medical Group as Chief Nurse. She spent
September of 2001 through April of 2004 activated in support of the Global War on Terrorism, five months of which she was deployed in Afghanistan where she commanded the 438th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Group. This service led to the award of the Bronze Star, and to her being named as the California Air Force Association’s Field Grade Officer of the Year. Col Sumner’s overseas deployments include locations such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belize, Afghanistan, and Ukraine.
Colonel Sumner completed Squadron Officer School and Air War College in 1994 and 2005 respectively. She was promoted to the rank of Colonel on February 25, 2009.
Her military decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Aerial
Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement, Army Achievement Medal, and various service and overseas campaign medals.