Lieutenant Colonel Lee W. Sheedy graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. He was a 4-year Air Force scholarship cadet and served as Corps Commander in the ROTC program. Following his commissioning as a Distinguished Graduate, Colonel Sheedy attended Undergraduate Navigator Training, Mather AFB, California. After earning his navigator wings, he was selected for the E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) program and flew many worldwide reconnaissance missions while assigned to Tinker AFB and Kadena AB, Japan. Colonel Sheedy was next selected for Undergraduate Pilot Training, Williams AFB, Arizona, where he earned his pilot wings and the Officership Award. Subsequently, Colonel Sheedy was assigned to McGuire AFB, New Jersey, as a C-141 pilot. He flew missions throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa providing troops and supplies to forces around the world. His aviation skills resulted in highly successful missions supporting the Department of State and DOD agencies, as well as an instructor qualification at a pilot. As he progressed in rank and responsibility, he was selected for duty at Headquarters, Air Mobility Command (AMC), Scott AFB, Illinois. As the primary planner for AMC Senior Commander Conferences, he set the highest standards of excellence for distinguished visitors. In addition, he provided briefings to over 4,000 military and civilian personnel about the airlift mission. While at Scott AFB, he also earned a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University. As a result of proven leadership skills, he returned to McGuire AFB to serve as a C-141 operations officer for the 13th Airlift Squadron. In that capacity, he managed 200 aircrew members and their global support to contingency and humanitarian operations. Colonel Sheedy was then selected as Professor of Aerospace Studies and Commander, AFROTC Detachment 475, at the University of New Hampshire. In that role, he taught leadership and management and supervised the training and education of aspiring young officer candidates. He retired from active duty in January 2000 after 20 years of service.
In his civilian career, Colonel Sheedy became a teacher at Spaulding High School in Rochester, New Hampshire. He earned his certification in Secondary Mathematics, and he has taught Algebra and Geometry for over a decade to over a thousand students. In addition, he played a major role in a NH Department of Education program called Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE). He has become a teacher-leader in this first-in-the-nation accountability strategy that offers a reduced level of standardized testing together with locally developed common performance assessments. In addition, he has also mentored a UNH intern and is a collaborative teacher in the UNH Education 500 program, which provides valuable insight into the educational environment for future teachers.
After retirement, Colonel Sheedy continued to serve on the UNH ROTC Chapter Advisory Board. In that role, he was key member in the development of the UNH Veterans Day/Hall of Fame Ceremony. He organized Advisory Board meetings, coordinated with the ROTC cadre and cadets, and served each year as the point of contact for all inductees and their families. His planning and coordination for over 15 years has ensured Veterans are remembered and accomplishments of UNH ROTC graduates are spotlighted.
Colonel Sheedy’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Air Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the National Defense Service Medal, the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Combat Readiness Medal. He is a command pilot with over 5,000 flying hours.
For meritorious to the United States Air Force, the State of New Hampshire, and the University of New Hampshire, Lieutenant Colonel Lee W. Sheedy is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.