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Sarah Handegard

Junior DAL: Air Force Reserve/Air National Guard


Lt Col Sarah Handegard initially enlisted in the North Dakota Army National Guard in 1996 as a combat medic.  She later transferred to the North Dakota Air National Guard as a medical tech. In September 2003 she entered IPAP and upon graduation transferred to the Virginia Air National Guard.  In her civilian career She has practiced as an emergency medicine PA since 2006, working in small community hospitals and a level II trauma center.

Lt Col Handegard participated in Operation CORONET NIGHTHAWK (Curacao, Netherlands Antilles), MEDLITE medical training exercise (Tunisia, Africa), Operation NOBLE EAGLE (United States), and Joint Task Force Camp Grafton humanitarian project supporting Operation WALKING SHIELD (United States). After joining the 203rd RHS she deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, and Operation FREEDOM SENTINEL. As part of the State Partnership Program, she traveled to Tajikistan where she taught medical skills to the Tajikistan military. She also deployed in support of the joint humanitarian mission BEYOND THE HORIZON (El Salvador). Lt Col Handegard has provided medical backfill through MPA tours supporting the 52nd MDG Spangdahlem AFB, Germany; 36th MDG Anderson AFB, Guam; 633rd MDG Langley AFB, Virginia; and 51st MDG Osan AFB, South Korea. During the early stages of the COVID pandemic, she provided support to domestic COVID response operations as the Senior Joint Medical Planner, Joint Medical Advisory Cell, Virginia ANG.

  • 1996 Associate of Science, Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND
  • 1999 Bachelor of Science, Biology/Psychology, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
  • 2000 Associate of Applied Science, Allied Health Sciences, Community College of the Air Force2004 Bachelor of Science, IPAP, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  • 2005 Master of Physician Assistant Studies, IPAP, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  • Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
  • Air and Space Commendation Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Navy Commendation Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • 2018 Mission Support Group Outstanding Field Grade Officer of the Year, 192nd VAANG
  • 2022 Mission Support Group Outstanding Field Grade Officer of the Year, 192nd VAANG

1. January 1996 – March 1997 Combat Medic, 815th Medical Battalion, NDARNG, Bismarck, ND

2. March 1997 – October 2005 Aerospace Medical Service Technician, 119th MDG, NDANG, Fargo, ND

3. October 2005 – December 2022 Physician Assistant, 203rd RHS, VAANG, Virginia Beach, VA

4. January 2023 – current Commander, 192 MDG/DET1, VAANG, Richmond, VA