SSgt Jessie Mikaila Shipps



SSgt: United States Air Force

April 7, 1984 - June 29, 2015

Jessie Mikailia "Lumberchick" Shipps was born in Birmingham, Michigan on April 7, 1984. 

Jess served her country for eleven years from September 2003 until September 2014 reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant.  Jess was an IT genius, a carpenter, a tinkerer, and fixer of all things.  Jess had a huge heart and was always available to help out anyone that needed assistance.   She was a friend to all.  She used humor a lot.   She was a member and leader in SPARTA.  She was dedicated to helping others though the challenges of transition, often reaching out mentoring others and sharing her own experiences.

She is survived by her wife Leeanna Shipps and daughter Grace Taylor; her parents Richard and Patricia Shipps; and brothers Alex and Zach Shipps.


History of Assignments:

Defense Information School (Maryland)
Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (Hawaii)
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham (Hawaii)
455th Operational Support Squadron (Afghanistan)
344th Wing Public Affairs (Arizona)

Awards Received:

Joint Service Commendation Medal (x2)
Air Force Achievement Medals (x3)
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (x2)
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Medal with Gold Border

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  • commented 2017-08-23 22:30:58 -0400
    God bless her and may she Rest In Peace . We owe all our vets a tremendous amount of gratitude for their sacrifices but especially those alienated and disenfranchised now by our weak president . He supports only the military who helped him get elected . And we had hope he had a heart and conscience since he never served a day in his life . Silly us .

    Thank you for your service Jesse/ you will never be forgotten at Homefront Hugs USA.
  • commented 2015-10-15 02:05:24 -0400
    Jess was an important leader in SPARTA Trans. I didn’t know her long but she left a lasting impression on me. She was always wanting to go that extra mile for anyone one, friend or stranger. She was beyond talented. I do not think there was anything she couldn’t do. She is missed but her legacy lives on!