- BS Mechanical Engineering 1985
Colonel Merrily Madero is Vice Commander, 17th training Wing, Goodfellow AFB, Texas. She is the principle assistant to the wing commander and provides support training for over 10,000 fire protection, special instruments, and intelligence experts for the US Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Army, as well as government civilian agencies and allied nations. Prior to this she was the Commander, 50th Mission Support Group, 50th Space Wing, Schriever AFB, Colorado where she managed $625 million in contracts and was also responsible for ensuring that a wide range of services were provided to over 6,200 Schriever AFB personnel.
Merrily graduated in 1985 from Michigan Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. She also has two master’s degree, one in Personnel Management from Troy State University-Alabama and the other in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Merrily has also graduated from Squadron Officer School and Air Command and Staff College at AFB, Alabama. She has completed an Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Seminar Level IV and has achieved certification as a Department of Defense Chief Information Officer. She was also selected to attend War College at National Defense University.
Colonel Madero entered the Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training program at Michigan Tech. her assignment s over the last 20+ years have been varied. A career highlight was the transitioning of the combined intelligence collection concept from Metro Tango in German to stand up the first Deployable Ground Station (DGS- 1) at Langley AFB. She also served as a joint task force deputy director of communications for both US and UN forces in Haiti for Operation Uphold Democracy. Colonel Madero has been deployed twice – from January 1995 to May 1995, as Deputy J6, JTF-190, operation Uphold Democracy, Port-au-Prince, Haiti and from January 2006 to June 2006 as commander, 380th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, Al Dhafra AB, United Arab Emirates.
Colonel Madero has received numerous awards and decorations during the course of her career including a Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air and Space Campaign Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal- to name a few. She has also earned a Master Communications Badge and a Parachutists badge.
While a student at Michigan Tech, besides ROTC, Merrily was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, the Skydiving Club and was a captain on the intramural hockey team. She is active in her church as a junior high youth leader.
Colonel Madero has one daughter, Leia, and lives in San Angelo, Texas.