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Chief Master Sergeant Joel A. Buys is the Superintendent, 627th Air
Base Group, Joint Base Lewis‐McChord, Washington. The mission of
the 627th is to organize, train, and equip Airmen providing
Expeditionary Combat Support to military operations worldwide. Chief
Buys is also dual-hatted as the principal Air Force senior enlisted
advisor to the Army Garrison Commander, and the senior staff on
matters of health, welfare, moral, professional development and the
effective utilization of 5 Army directorates, 5 Air Force squadrons, 32
staff agencies, and more than 800 personnel and 2700 civilians,
delivering full range of mission support for base, theater and global
air/joint operations.

In addition, he provides key leadership throughout the installation,
directly supporting Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s population of over
73,000 Total Force Service Members, retirees and their dependents.

Chief Buys grew up in Canby, Oregon and entered the Air Force onFeb 15, 1995. His background includes a variety of positions in airfieldsystems, intelligence, special operations, cyberspace support andduty as a first sergeant. His assignments include bases in Virginia, Alaska, North Carolina, Nevada and California. Chief Buys has deployed for Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, and with USSOCOM Joint SpecialOperations Task Forces supporting Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.

2000 Airman Leadership School, Elmendorf AFB, AK
2001 Special Operations Radio Operator Course, Fort Bragg, NC
2002 United States Army Airborne School, Fort Benning, GA
2006 NCO Academy, Lackland AFB, TX
2007 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Forces Staff College
2007 Associate's degree in Electronics Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force
2009 First Sergeant Academy, Gunter Annex, AL
2010 United States Marine Corps Staff NCO Academy Advanced Course, Camp Pendleton, CA
2010 Associate's degree in Human Resources Management, Community College of the Air Force
2013 Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy, MacDill AFB, FL
2013 Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Studies, Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ
2014 Cyberspace Superintendent Course, Air Education and Training Command
2016 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II Course
2016 Chief’s Leadership Course, Maxwell AFB AL
2017 Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course, Andrews AFB, MD

1. October 1995 – December 1996, Ground Radio Communications Apprentice, 1st CommunicationsSquadron, Langley AFB, VA
2. December 1996 – December 2000, RF Systems Maintenance Journeyman, 381st Intelligence Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, AK
3. January 2001 – December 2005, Special Operations Maintenance Technician, Joint Communications Unit (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC
4. December 2005 – December 2009, Superintendent, Airfield Systems, Data Masked
5. January 2010 – June 2011, First Sergeant, 763rd Maintenance Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV
6. June 2011 – June 2014, First Sergeant, 724th Special Tactics Group, Pope Army Airfield, Fort Bragg, NC
7. July 2014 – September 2015, First Sergeant, 43rd Air Mobility Squadron, Pope Army Airfield, Fort Bragg, NC
8. September 2015 – March 2016, Squadron Superintendent, Technology Operations Squadron Launch, Los Angeles AFB, CA
9. March 2016 – May 2018, Senior Enlisted Leader, Aerospace Data Facility Colorado, Buckley AFB, CO
10. May 2018 – Present, Superintendent, 627th Air Base Group/Joint Base Lewis-McChord Senior Enlisted Advisor, JBLM, WA

Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Special Duty Ribbon

1997 Senior Airman Below-the-Zone
2004 Romanian Parachutist Badge
2007 Senior NCO of the Quarter, Data Masked
2007, 2009 Support Team of the Quarter, Data Masked
2009 Communications Electronics SNCO of the Year, Data Masked
2009 Group Lance P. Sijan, Data Masked
2010 Distinguished Graduate, USMC Staff NCO Academy Advanced Course
2011, 2012 First Sergeant of the Year, 724th Special Tactics Group
2012 Professional Manager’s Certificate
2013 First Sergeant of the Year, 24th Special Operations Wing

Chief Master Sergeant Jan 1, 2016

(Current as of June 2018)