Pickel, Wiliam B.
First Lieutenant William Blake Pickel, of Cleveland, Tennessee, a combat
veteran, MTSU alumnus, and active soldier, enlisted in the United States
Army on March 8, 2007, as a 68W combat medic. Upon completion of
Basic and Advanced Individual Training, he was assigned to Fort Campbell,
Kentucky, where he served as a combat medic in Iraq and as an emergency
care sergeant in Afghanistan.
As an Army recruiter, Pickel was based with the Atlanta Recruiting Battalion,
during which time he applied for and was accepted into the Green to Gold
scholarship program. While assigned to the MTSU Army ROTC program, he
served in numerous cadet leadership positions such as squad leader, platoon
leader, and company commander. He was recognized as the top cadet
among his peers within the Blue Raider Battalion.
Pickel earned his bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University
in 2017 with a 4.0 GPA.
He was commissioned as second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps
in 2017 and attended the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course.
Pickel then became a treatment platoon leader and the company executive
officer while based at Fort Stewart, Georgia. After being selected to attend
the U.S. Army Flight School at Fort Rucker, Alabama, he was assigned to
Delta Company, 1-145th Aviation Regiment in July 2019 for helicopter
Pickel’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal,
Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device, Army Commendation
Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Presidential Unit
Citation, Recruiter Badge, Combat Medic Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and
Air Assault Badge.
Pickel, who died in September 2019 after survival training exercises, is
survived by his wife, Terra; two daughters, Taygen and Addalyn; mother,
Priscilla Redman-Pickel; father, Donald Pickel; sister, Christina Pickel; and
brother, Christopher Pickel. He was buried in the Chattanooga National
Cemetery with military honors.