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Metzler to Lead AsPS

June 01, 2022

Metzler to Lead AsPS

Maj. Mari M. “Mars” Metzler, USAF, is the incoming President of the Aerospace Physiology Society.

She is currently Aerospace Physiology Training Manager, Headquar ters Air Combat Command Training Support Squadron at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA. In this capacity, she guides Aerospace & Operational Physiology operations for Air Combat Command’s largest Training Support Squadron, responsible for training 9,500 aircrew per year from 16 bases nationwide. She provides squadron commander and deputy coverage for 152 squadron members from 12 detachments across the nation. She is also the Subject Matter Expert for F-22 life support, safety investigations, and mishap prevention, and directs F-22 Aerospace Physiology training Air Force-wide. She manages Aerospace Physiology policies and sustains 13 Aero space Physiology units comprising 113 personnel across Combat Air Forces. She also supports U-2 Intelligence, Sureillance, and Reconnaissance high altitude missions.
   Prior to this assignment, Maj. Metzler was the Flight Commander of the Aerospace and Operational Physiology Flight at Tyndall AFB, FL, leading a team of 14 airmen to provide aerospace physiology training for Department of Defense aircrew, parachutists, and civilians from 48 locations worldwide. She provided human performance briefings and consults to 325th Fighter Wing personnel and tenant units, enabling the Fighter Wing’s $493 million flying hour program, generating over 12,000 flying hours and 9,900 F-22 and T-38 sorties annually.
   Originally from Billings, MT, Maj. Metzler was commissioned via the Health Promotions Scholarship Program. Upon graduating with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree from Des Moines University in 2008, she was assigned to the Medical Corps as a Family Medicine Resident at Travis AFB, CA. She also conducted medical research at the Travis Clinical Investigation Facility until competing successfully for a transfer from the Medical Corps to the Bio medical Science Corps in 2010. She has held multiple flight command positions, including Flight Medicine, Ambulance Services, Health & Wellness Center, Nutritional Medicine, and Aerospace & Operational Physiology.
   Maj. Metzler also holds the rank of Major in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and volunteers for CAP as a Search and Rescue Pilot and Check Pilot, and is an FAA-certified instrument flight instructor (CFII). She has over 1,000 military and civilian flying hours. She is Board Certified by the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) in Aerospace Physiology. She is a Fellow and Life Member of AsMA, and has served in multiple AsMA leadership positions, including President of the AsMA Associate Fellows Group.