Mr. Wickstrom was raised in small farming community in northeast Nebraska. He joined the Navy in 1981. Upon completion of Recruit Training in Great Lakes, Mr. Wickstrom went to Aviation Storekeeper “A” school in Meridian, MS. In his first command, HS-1 Sea Component, he completed 2 cruises supporting the Commander Sixth Fleet Flag helicopter in the Mediterranean and 1 cruise supporting the Commander Middle East Forces helicopter based in Bahrain. He then transferred to the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) at Naval Air Station Jacksonville where he was a material expediter for the Calibration Lab and a supervisor at the Ground Support Division. Following AIMD, he went back to sea duty with VFA-87, supporting F/A-18s based out of Cecil Field, Florida. He made the maiden cruise of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in 1989 and in 1991, he was in the Persian Gulf during Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Operation Provide Comfort where he worked for the Stock Control Division on the ship and was also a team leader for the Personnel Reliable Program. He then spent 3 years at Naval Station Mayport supporting SH-60 aircraft as Program Management Branch Supervisor, followed by another sea tour with VFA-81 deployed abroad the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). His final tour was as the Leading Petty Officer with the Aviation Support Division at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.
Upon retiring from the Navy in 2001, Mr. Wickstrom continued to support naval aviation by working as a sub-contractor providing material support for the S3B PVS Program. In October 2007, he began working at the NROTC, University of Michigan. Mr. Wickstrom and his wife, Suzie, reside in Brighton, MI.