Chief Master Sergeant Jose A. Velez is the Command Chief, 459th Air Refueling Wing, Joint Base Andrews, Md. He is responsible for leading the wing's more than 1,000 enlisted members, and advises the commander on matters impacting the wing such as: proper manpower utilization and progression, enlisted leadership, supervisor training and quality of life issues. Chief Velez also monitors compliance with Air Force standards, ensures the commander's policies are widely publicized and understood by the enlisted force, and serves as the functional manager for all assigned first sergeants.
Chief Velez enlisted in the Air Force in April 1995 and his background includes various duties in the air transportation career field. He joined the 35th Aerial Port Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., as an air transportation specialist to eventually rise to the position of assistant noncommissioned officer in charge of load planning. In January 2010, he was selected to serve as the First Sergeant for the 78th Air Refueling Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst N.J. In September 2012, he was selected as the First Sergeant for the 714th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Chief Velez helped both squadrons win the 514th Air Mobility Wing Freedom Award. In 2015, he deployed to Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait, as the First Sergeant for the 332d Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. He has served as the president and vice president of the 514th Air Mobility Wing First Sergeants Council and he was a mentor to the 433d Airlift Wing First Sergeants Council at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland AFB, Texas. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the First Sergeant of the 433rd Maintenance Squadron at JBSA-Lackland AFB.
2003 Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
2004 Airmen Leadership School, by correspondence
2008 Noncommissioned Officer, by correspondence
2010 First Sergeant Academy, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Ala.
2010 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, by correspondence
2012 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, by correspondence
2012 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Leadership Development Course, JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
2014 Associate degree in Business Administration/Management Transport, Community College of the Air Force
2015 Headquarters USAF/RE Orientation Course, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
2015 USAF Security Forces Desert Defender Ground Combat Readiness Training Center, Ft. Bliss, Texas
2016 AFRC Chief Master Sergeant Orientation Course, Robins AFB, Ga.
2017 Bachelor of Arts in Management, American Military University, W.Va.
2017 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II, by correspondence
2017 Associate degree in Human Resource Management/Personnel Administration, Community College of the Air Force
2018 Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.
2018 433d Airlift Wing Enhancing Human Capital Leadership Conference, JBSA-Lackland AFB, Texas
2018 Air Force Reserve Command Chief Master Sergeant Orientation Course, Robins AFB, Ga.
1. Aug 2002 - Jan 2010, Transportation Specialist, 35th Aerial Port Squadron McGuire AFB, N.J.
2. Jan 2006 - May 2006, Passenger Service Asst. NCOIC, Bagram AB, Afghanistan
3. Apr 2007 - May 2007, Cargo Processing Instructor, Grissom ARB, Ind.
4. May 2008 - Jun 2008, Special Handling Specialist, Bagram AB, Afghanistan
5. Jun 2008 - Sep 2008, Loading Planning Asst. NCOIC, Bagram AB, Afghanistan
6. Jan 2010 - Sep 2012, First Sergeant, 78th Air Refueling Squadron, JB-MDL, N.J.
7. Sep 2012 - Feb 2016, First Sergeant, 714th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, JB-MDL, N.J.
8. July 2015 - Jan 2016, First Sergeant, 332 Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait
9. Feb 2016 - June 2018, First Sergeant, 433rd Maintenance Squadron, JBSA-Lackland, Texas
10. June 2018 - Present, Command Chief, 459th Air Refueling Wing, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 3 devices
Air Force Special Duty Ribbon with oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 3 “M” devices
2012 514th Air Mobility Wing, Lance P. Sijan USAF Leadership Award Winner
2012 78th Air Refueling Squadron, 514th Air Mobility Wing Freedom Award
2013 714th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 514th Air Mobility Wing Freedom Award
2015 United Parcel Service, 25 Years of Safe Driving - Circle of Honor
2015 514th Air Mobility Wing, First Sergeant of the Year
2016 433rd Airlift Wing, First Sergeant of the Year
2016 USAA Award for Outstanding Service
2016 Air Force Association, Col. Joe Kellogg Blue Suit Award
2016 JBSA-Lackland First Sergeant of the Year
2017 Air Force Reserve Command E8/E9 Key Personnel List (KPL)
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant August 2016
(Current as of June 2018)