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JULY 15, 2010
Major Michael A. Arnholtz retires from Air Force
A retirement ceremony honoring Major Michael A. Arnholtz
was held on June 4 at
Major Michael A. Arnholtz began
his Air Force career with his enlistment in 1982 after graduating from
Major Arnholtz then cross trained into the Logistics Plans
career field and attended Technical Training at Lowry AFB, CO. He arrived at
Tinker AFB, OK in September 1986 and worked the mobility plans for the 552
Airborne Warning And Control Wing. In August 1989, he accepted a remote overseas
tour to the 604th
Direct Air Support Squadron at Camp Red Cloud,
Major Arnholtz was selected to attend the Army Physician Assistant Program, as an Air Force member, and transferred to Fort Sam Houston for Phase I (didactic) training in September, 1991. He completed his Phase II (clinical) training at Fort Knox, KY, in Oct 1993, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, and was assigned to the 380 Refueling Wing, Plattsburgh AFB, NY as a staff Physician Assistant.
With the closure of Plattsburgh AFB, Major Arnholtz
transferred to the 4th
Medical Operations Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC, in July 1995 as a staff
Physician Assistant. He was assigned to the Primary Care and Urgent care
clinics, and was selected as the 1996 ACC PA of the Year. He transferred to
The Major transferred to the 96th Medical Operations Squadron, Eglin AFB, FL, in July 2002, where he directed the PA Phase II training, in addition to providing primary care to patients in the Family Health Clinic. He was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from December 2002 to May 2003.
Major Arnholtz was selected for an Air Force Institute of
Technology Civilian Education program and began his studies at the
Major Arnholtz then transferred back to
His education includes: 1982 Graduate of Orofino High School, Orofino, 1993 Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Associate Studies, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK 1997 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL 1997 Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies, University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE 2005 Air Command and Staff College by correspondence, Maxwell AFB, AL 2007 Specialist in Education Ed.S. University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL 2007 Doctorate in Education Ed.D(c) University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
He has received the following major awards and decorations, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters Air Force Commendation Medal with silver oak leaf cluster Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with two oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with one device, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
Also the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean
Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal with one device, Air Force
Overseas Short Tour, Air Force Overseas Long Tour with one oak leaf cluster, Air
Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border, Air Force Longevity Service
with one silver oak leaf cluster, US Air Force NCO
Mike is the son of Sid O. and Ruth Brown of Orofino and the late Fred Arnholtz. He is married to the former Donna Shepard, and they have two children: 1LT Derek Arnholtz, also in the U.S.A.F., stationed at FE Warren AFB, Cheyenne WY and M. Stuart Arnholtz who will be s attending the University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL.
Attending the retirement ceremony were his parents, and his sister and her husband, Sharon and Mike Larson of Weippe.
This fall Mike plans to pursue his interest in the medical field.