Colonel Philip Michael Shue, MD., MPH was born on 22 July 1948 and was raised in Brookville, Ohio.  In 1970, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pre-Med and entered the United States Air Force.  Following Officer Training School, he was selected for Navigator Training at Mather Air Force Base, California where he earned the honor of Distinguished Graduate.

In 1978, he completed training as a Physician Assistant in Cincinnati Ohio and began work in private practice until his acceptance, in 1980, to Medical School at Wright State University.  Upon completion of Medical School in 1984, he was accepted into a four year Psychiatric Residency Program at Wright Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio.

During his residency training, he was awarded the position of Chief Resident and in 1988 received the ‘Outstanding Psychiatry Resident Award’.  In 1995, he was selected to attend the Primary Course in Aerospace Medicine where he earned the honor of Distinguished Graduate.  In 1998, Colonel Shue was selected to attend a second Air Force Residency in Aerospace Medicine and Occupational Health at Brooks AFB, successfully completing the program in 2001.  He was awarded his Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Texas, San Antonio in 1999.

Colonel Philip Shue is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.  Colonel Shue received specialized military education in Hyperbaric Medicine, Critical Incident Stress Management, Hostage Negotiation, Wilderness Medicine, Global Medicine, Land Survival Training, Water Survival Training, and Artic Survival Training.  In October 2002, he was selected for a Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Alabama which was to begin, immediately upon his retirement from the Air Force, in September 2003.

Colonel Shue entered the military in 1970 and completed Basic Training and Officer Training School at Lackland AFB, Texas.  His first tour of duty as a Lieutenant was Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, where he was assigned as a Navigator to the 33rd Rescue and Recovery Squadron.  During his tour at Kadena he served as Squadron Executive Officer and Squadron Section Commander.

At the time he completed his medical training, in 1988; Colonel Shue had been promoted to the rank of Major and was assigned to Eglin AFB as Chief/ Medical Director of Inpatient Mental Health.  In 1990, he successfully earned his Board Certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Colonel Shue’s next military assignment was Travis Air Force Base, California from 1993 to 1998.  While assigned to Travis Air Force Base Medical Center, he initially served as Chief of Inpatient Mental Health/Associate Professor at the University of California UC Davis and later as Flight Surgeon/ Deputy Chief of Aerospace Medicine.  In 1994, Colonel Shue was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal for leadership, as Chief Medical Officer of an Emergency Medical Task Team deployed to Fairchild Air Force Base following the tragic shooting of multiple military personnel and crash of a B-52 .  In 1995, Colonel Shue was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medical following deployment with NATO Forces to Bosnia/Croatia during Operation Enduring Freedom.  During Operation Desert Shield, Colonel Shue deployed on multiple missions with flying squadrons and task forces to the Gulf, where he served as Chief Medical Officer/Flight Surgeon.  While assigned at Travis, he was selected to take part in or lead multiple Aircraft Mishap Investigations, Critical Incident Stress Management Teams, Health Service Inspections, Congressional Inquiries, Hostage Negotiation Teams, and investigations for the Office of the Air Force Inspector General.

In 1998, Colonel Shue was selected for a second residency in Aerospace Medicine/Occupational Health at the School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks Air Force, Texas.  Upon graduation from the three year program in 2001, Colonel Shue was assigned as Psychiatrist/Aerospace Medicine Physician at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Colonel Shue was planning his Air Force Retirement to begin September 2003 and had been selected for a prestigious Forensic Psychiatric Fellowship at the University of Alabama.  On 16 April 2003, Colonel Philip Shue tragically died as a victim of homicide.  Colonel Philip Shue will be remembered for his significant contributions, sacrifice, and dedication to the United States Air Force and will serve as an example, to all who defend their country, of the core values of Integrity, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do.


AF Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, AF Commendation Medal, AF Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Service Award, Organizational Excellence Award with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Medal with Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Air Force Overseas Long Tour, Longevity Service Award Ribbon with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Award Ribbon with Bronze Star, Air Force Training Ribbon, United Nations Medal, NATO Medal.

Colonel Philip Michael Shue loved his Family and friend, traveling,
golf, history and politics. He was a dedicated Physician and Military
Officer. He died only 4 months short of Retiring from the USAF.

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