Colonel Karice (Bezdicek) Stern
By the order of the Secretary of the Air Force and Direction of the President, Karice (Bezdicek) Stern, daughter of Joseph and Rita Bezdicek, was promoted to the rank of COLONEL effective date 25 March 2021.
Col Stern serves as Chief of Aerospace Medicine (SGP) for the 128th Air Refueling Wing, General Mitchell Field, Milwaukee, Wis. As SGP, Col Stern oversees aerospace medicine and public health programs for the base ensuring that all flight surgeons, technicians, and medical personnel are trained on military physical exams and standards. Col Stern has a nationwide reputation of unprecedented flight waivers in the Air National Guard and has provided guidance to active duty flight surgeons resulting in six instructor pilot career saves. Col Stern was nominated for the Department of Defense Flight Surgeon of the Year and was awarded the Malcomb Grow Award for Air National Guard Flight Surgeon of the Year.
Col Stern is a graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering and received her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. In July 2010, she commissioned as an officer (Capt) for the 115th Fighter Wing, Truax Field, Madison, Wis. Col Stern completed the Aerospace Medicine Primary Course at Wright-Patterson AFB then served as a flight surgeon for the 115th Fighter Wing, Truax Field, Madison, Wis. Col Stern was instrumental in training and development of the 115th FW CERFP (CBRNE Emergency Response Force Package) leading to record-setting mobilization response time. In 2013, she was the first flight surgeon to participate in a NATO-ordered training deployment to Poland. Col Stern deployed to Okinawa in 2015 and to Guam in 2016 and 2020.
Col Karice Stern was officially “pinned” by her parents at a ceremony held on 13 May, 2021, at the 115th Fighter Wing surrounded by her family, military family, and several friends.