Major Mari Metzler, D.O.’08, is the aerospace physiology training manager at the Headquarters Air Combat Command Training Support Squadron at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA. In this role, she guides aerospace and 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 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 aerospace physiology units comprising 113 personnel across combat air forces. She also supports U-2 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance high-altitude missions.
In addition, Metzler 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. 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.