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CMSgt CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT JASON P. COLON

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Chief Master Sergeant Jason P. Colón is the Command Chief for the 628th Air Base Wing, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. His mission is to lead Airmen and secure mission success in order to provide and deploy fully combat mission ready expeditionary Airmen to Combatant Commanders in support of Joint and Combined operations worldwide. He guides Base Operating Support covering six different focus areas: Installation Support, Airlift and Airdrop Operations, Naval Nuclear Operators’ Training, Deployable Logistics, Multi-Mission Warfighter Support, and Inter-Agency Cooperation. He also enables installation support missions including the Harbor Security Patrol, the Transportation Isolation System, and the Cooper River Dredging. Additionally, Chief Colón is responsible for delivering assistance measures to 67 Department of Defense and other Federal agencies and provides installation support to a total force of over 90,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians, dependents, and retirees. He manages $7.5 billion in base property and capital assets with an annual budget exceeding $172 million, while displaying power projection across 23,000 noncontiguous acres. Finally, Chief Colón leads across several installations including Charleston Air Base, which hosts the 437th Airlift Wing and the 315th Airlift Wing, the Naval Weapons Station Charleston, and the North Auxiliary Airfield.

CMSgt Colón’s leadership background includes various deployed and garrison duties from Squadron to MAJCOM levels, held at Air Force, Army, and Joint assignments. He is both a Military Free Fall and Static Line Master Jumpmaster and has earned the US Army’s Pathfinder badge and the US Marine Corps’ Parachutist Insignia (Gold Wings), along with eight foreign parachutist wings. Prior to assuming his current position, he was the Command Chief, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW), Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait. 

EDUCATION

1996    Airman Leadership School (ALS), Pope AFB, NC

1998    Associate in Applied Science Degree, Meteorology, Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)

1999    Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, Mount Olive College, NC

2004    Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, AL

2006    Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME)-Distance Learning (DL), National Defense University

2007    Professional Development Series Certificate-DL, Emergency Management Institute (FEMA)

2007    USAF First Sergeant Academy Additional Duty Symposium, Pope AFB, NC

2007    USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy-DL, Air University

2008    Joint Firepower Course (JFC), Nellis AFB, NV

2008    Joint Operation Planning and Execution System (JOPES) Course, Fort Eustis, VA

2009    Deliberate Crisis Action Planning and Execution Segments (DCAPES) Course, Langley AFB, VA

2009    Action Officer Development Course-DL, Army Management Staff College

2009    USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, AL

2010    US Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Professional Military Education-DL, National War College/US Naval War College

2011    Professional Manager Certification (PMC), CCAF

2012    Air Force Forces Intermediate Staff Course, Hurlburt Field, FL

2012    Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy (JSOFSEA), Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), Tampa, FL

2015    USMC Advanced Course, Professional Military Education-DL, Marine Corps College of Distance Education & Training

2015    Enterprise Management Course-DL, JSOU

2017    Defense Language Institute-East (Albanian Language), Washington, DC

2017    Joint Military Attaché School (JMAS), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, DC

2017    Foreign Affairs Counter Threat Course (FACT), Summit Point Training Center, Summit Point, WV

2018    Associate in Applied Science Degree, Business Administration, CCAF

2019    Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course, Joint Base Andrews, MD

2019    Senior Enlisted Legal Orientation (SELO), Maxwell AFB, AL

2019    SEJPME I & II-DL, Joint Forces Staff College

2020    Enterprise Leadership Seminar/Executive Development, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. 1st Assignment – Dec 1994, Airborne Weather Observer-Forecaster/Special Operations Weather Team (SOWT), 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) (7 SFG(A)), Det 3, 5th Weather Squadron, Ft Bragg AIN, NC (Deployments — Special Operations Southern Command (SOCSOUTH) - Operations CABAÑAS and FUERZAS UNIDAS)
  2. Dec 1994 – Jul 1996, Airborne Weather Battalion Forecaster/SOWT, 7 SFG(A), 18th Weather Squadron, Ft Bragg AIN, NC (Deployments —SOCSOUTH, Joint Task Force (JTF) Safe Border - Operation MILITARY OBSERVER MISSION ECUADOR-PERU (MOMEP))
  3. Jul 1996 – May 1997, SOWT Battalion Forecaster, 7 SFG(A), 10th Combat Weather Squadron, Ft Bragg AIN, NC (Deployments — data masked)
  4. May 1997 – Dec 2000, Special Operations Meteorologist and Oceanographer, Aviation Tactics and Evaluation Group (AVTEG), Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Ft Bragg AIN, NC (Deployments — data masked)
  5. Dec 2000 – Dec 2001, NCOIC, Special Tactics Weather, 107th Weather Flight, Selfridge ANGB, MI (Deployments — data masked)
  6. Dec 2001 – Oct 2003, Weather Superintendent, 19th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS), Ft Campbell AIN, KY
  7. Oct 2003 – Oct 2008, Operations Superintendent, Training Programs Manager and NCOIC Aviation Brigade Combat Weather Team, 18th Weather Squadron, Ft Bragg AIN, NC (Deployments — Feb 04 – Apr 04, Staff Weather Officer, Task Force Pegasus, 82d Airborne Division, Al Taqaddum (Fallujah) Air Base (AB), Iraq - Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; Oct 04 – Jan 05, Brigade Staff Weather Officer, Task Force Freedom, 1st  Brigade 25th Infantry Division (Task Force 3-17 Calvary Regiment and Task Force-Lighthorse, 10th Mountain Division) and Task Force 1-151st Aviation Regiment, Multi-National Corps-Iraq, Qayyarah West AB, Iraq - Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; Sep 06 – Apr 07, Chief, Weather Station Operations, Task Force Corsair and Task Force Pegasus, Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) 82, Kandahar AB, Afghanistan - Operation ENDURING FREEDOM)
  8. Oct 2008 – Aug 2011, Manager, Weather Capabilities/Deployments and Manager, Operations, Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Combat Command/A3W, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA
  9.   Oct 2010 – May 2011, Squadron Superintendent, (Deployment), 22d Expeditionary Weather Squadron, 368th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Group (ASOG), 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force, Victory Base Complex, Bagdad, Iraq – Operation IRAQI FREEDOM transition through Operation NEW DAWN
  10. Aug 2011 – Sep 2013, Squadron Superintendent, 23d Special Operations Weather Squadron, 1st Special Operations Group, 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, FL (Deployment — Feb 13 – Jul 13, Joint Meteorological Officer (JMO), Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan (SOJTF-A)/Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component-Afghanistan (CJSOAC-A), Bagram AB, Afghanistan - Operation
    ENDURING FREEDOM)
  11. Sep 2013 – May 2015, Group Superintendent, 91st Operations Group, 91st Missile Wing, Minot AFB, ND (Deployment (deployed in place) — Sep 13 – May 15, TF-214, USSTRATCOM - Operation GLOBAL CITADEL)
  12. May 2015 – Jun 2016, Group Superintendent, 387th Air Expeditionary Group, Abdullah Al Mubarak AB, Kuwait – Operations
    INHERENT RESOLVE and FREEDOM’S SENTINEL
  13. Jun 2016 – Aug 2017, Student, Joint Military Attaché School (JMAS) — Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) / Defense Language Institute-East (DLI-E), Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington DC/Rosslyn/Arlington, VA
  14. Aug 2017 – Jul 2019, Operations Coordinator (OPSCO), Defense Attaché Office (DAO), U.S. Embassy, Pristina, Kosovo – Operation
    JOINT GUARDIAN, NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR), United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)
  15. Jul 2019 – Jul 2020, Command Chief, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, Ali Al Salem AB, Kuwait – Operations INHERENT RESOLVE,
    DELIBERATE RESOLVE II, SPARTAN SHIELD, PHANTOM’s CANOPY/HARVEST/COOP I/II, Canada's Operation IMPACT, Italy’s Operation PRIMA PARTHICA, NATO Mission-Iraq (NMI), Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, NATO Resolute Support (RS) and the
    United States Military Training Mission (USMTM)
  16. Jul 2020 – Present, Command Chief, 628th Air Base Wing, Joint Base Charleston, SC

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Legion of Merit

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal eight oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal

Army Commendation Medal three oak leaf clusters

Joint Service Achievement Medal two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Achievement Medal

Army Achievement Medal three oak leaf clusters

Air Force Recognition Ribbon

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal one oak leaf cluster

United Nations Medal

North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal three oak leaf clusters

Department of State Meritorious Honor Award one oak leaf cluster

Kosovo Security Force Medal for Selfless Service

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

 

1999    Alpha Phi Sigma and High Honors Graduate, Mount Olive College

2004    Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) of the year (OTY) — Pierce Award, 18th Air Support Operations Group (ASOG)

2004    Order of the Combat Gold Spur (Operation IRAQI FREEDOM), 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, US Army

2005    Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award, Junior Enlisted category, 18th Weather Squadron

2005    NCO OTY — Pierce Award, Air Combat Command; Ft Bragg, NC

2006    League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Excellence Award, 18th Weather Squadron

2006    NCO OTY — Battlefield Weather Award, 18th Weather Squadron

2006    Stripes for Exceptional Performance (STEP) promoted to MSgt

2007    Senior Noncommissioned Officer (SNCO) OTY — Grimes Award/Battlefield Weather Award, Air Force

2009    SNCO OTY, Air Combat Command/A3W

2011    SNCO OTY, 23d Special Operations Weather Squadron

2011    SNCO OTY — Weather, Air Force Special Operations Command

2011    Additional Duty First Sergeant OTY, Twenty-Third Air Force

2012    Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award, Senior Enlisted category, 23d Special Operations Weather Squadron

2012    Honor Graduate, JSOFSEA, JSOU

2015    Honor Graduate, Enterprise Management Course, JSOU

EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION

Chief Master Sergeant, 1 November 2013

 

(Current as of September 2020)