Virginia State Command Chief retires after more than 40 years of service

14th Virginia State Command Chief retirement ceremony

The senior enlisted leader of the Virginia Air National Guard retires Oct. 14, 2018 in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Bringing to a close an Air National Guard career of nearly 42 years, State Command Chief Master Sergeant Jay N. Ellis was retired in ceremony at the Virginia National Guard Joint Force Headquarters on Defense Supply Center Richmond. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)

14th Virginia State Command Chief retirement ceremony

The senior enlisted leader of the Virginia Air National Guard retires Oct. 14, 2018 in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Bringing to a close an Air National Guard career of nearly 42 years, State Command Chief Master Sergeant Jay N. Ellis was retired in ceremony at the Virginia National Guard Joint Force Headquarters on Defense Supply Center Richmond. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)

14th Virginia State Command Chief retirement ceremony

The senior enlisted leader of the Virginia Air National Guard retires Oct. 14, 2018 in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Bringing to a close an Air National Guard career of nearly 42 years, State Command Chief Master Sergeant Jay N. Ellis was retired in ceremony at the Virginia National Guard Joint Force Headquarters on Defense Supply Center Richmond. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)

14th Virginia State Command Chief retirement ceremony

The senior enlisted leader of the Virginia Air National Guard retires Oct. 14, 2018 in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Bringing to a close an Air National Guard career of nearly 42 years, State Command Chief Master Sergeant Jay N. Ellis was retired in ceremony at the Virginia National Guard Joint Force Headquarters on Defense Supply Center Richmond. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)

14th Virginia State Command Chief retirement ceremony

The senior enlisted leader of the Virginia Air National Guard retires Oct. 14, 2018 in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Bringing to a close an Air National Guard career of nearly 42 years, State Command Chief Master Sergeant Jay N. Ellis was retired in ceremony at the Virginia National Guard Joint Force Headquarters on Defense Supply Center Richmond. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)

14th Virginia State Command Chief retirement ceremony

The senior enlisted leader of the Virginia Air National Guard retires Oct. 14, 2018 in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Bringing to a close an Air National Guard career of nearly 42 years, State Command Chief Master Sergeant Jay N. Ellis was retired in ceremony at the Virginia National Guard Joint Force Headquarters on Defense Supply Center Richmond. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)

14th Virginia State Command Chief retirement ceremony

The senior enlisted leader of the Virginia Air National Guard retires Oct. 14, 2018 in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Bringing to a close an Air National Guard career of nearly 42 years, State Command Chief Master Sergeant Jay N. Ellis was retired in ceremony at the Virginia National Guard Joint Force Headquarters on Defense Supply Center Richmond. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)

14th Virginia State Command Chief retirement ceremony

The senior enlisted leader of the Virginia Air National Guard retires Oct. 14, 2018 in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Bringing to a close an Air National Guard career of nearly 42 years, State Command Chief Master Sergeant Jay N. Ellis was retired in ceremony at the Virginia National Guard Joint Force Headquarters on Defense Supply Center Richmond. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)

14th Virginia State Command Chief retirement ceremony

The senior enlisted leader of the Virginia Air National Guard retires Oct. 14, 2018 in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Bringing to a close an Air National Guard career of nearly 42 years, State Command Chief Master Sergeant Jay N. Ellis was retired in ceremony at the Virginia National Guard Joint Force Headquarters on Defense Supply Center Richmond. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- The senior enlisted leader of the Virginia Air National Guard retires Oct. 14, 2018, in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

Bringing to a close an Air National Guard career of more than 41 years, Virginia State Command Chief Master Sergeant Jay N. Ellis was retired in ceremony at the Virginia National Guard Joint Force Headquarters at Defense Supply Center Richmond.

As State Command Chief, Ellis served as advisor to the Adjutant General of Virginia and the Air Component Commander on quality-of-life issues and concerns of the enlisted corps.

“I want to thank everyone that influenced me during my career rather it was good or bad because I learned something either way,” said Ellis. “I will miss the people that I have meet throughout the years. I do plan to stay involved with the enlisted and officer associations so hopefully we will cross paths now and then.”

Ellis grew up in Richmond and entered the Air Force in October 1976. Upon graduating technical school at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, as an avionics inertial navigation system specialist, he was assigned to the 192nd Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Byrd Field, Virginia. His career included positions in avionics, communications, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, and logistics support. In November 2013, Ellis became the 192nd Fighter Wing Command Chief and became the VaANG’s 14th State Command Chief in September 2014.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Marshall L. Kjelvik, Virginia Air Component Commander, presented Ellis with the Virginia Distinguished Service Medal. Among other accomplishments, the award recognized Ellis’ role in the development, implementation and utilization of the enlisted promotion tool for Virginia which was vital to force structure and career development for Virginia Airmen.

F-105 Thunderchief fighter jet
Clipping from a March 1974 Vanguard page depicting an F-105 Thunderchief.
F-105 Thunderchief fighter jet
F-105 Thunderchief
Clipping from a March 1974 Vanguard page depicting an F-105 Thunderchief.
Photo By: PA Staff
VIRIN: 101206-Z-ZZ999-001
“He’s a founding father of the 192nd Intel Squadron,” said Kjelvik. “I think you were a part of shaping what we are going to be for the next several decades.”


Portrait of Chief Master Sgt. Kelly B. Reich
Official Portrait of Chief Master Sgt. Kelly B. Reich, Virginia State Command Chief. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)
Portrait of Chief Master Sgt. Kelly B. Reich
Official Portrait of Chief Master Sgt. Kelly B. Reich
Official Portrait of Chief Master Sgt. Kelly B. Reich, Virginia State Command Chief. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)
Photo By: Senior Airman Bryan Myhr
VIRIN: 180928-Z-MQ826-004
Ellis noted the end of the F-105 Thunderchief era, as the last two serving VaANG members to work on them are now retired, himself and Chief Master Sgt. Raymond Dawson, 192nd Maintenance Group superintendent, who was in attendance.

Ellis is succeeded by the 15th Virginia State Command Chief, Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kelly B. Reich, a longtime VaANG Airman who previously served as the 192nd Operations Group superintendent.

Many distinguished guests and family attended the ceremony, including the Adjutant General of Virginia, Army Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, Ellis’ wife and family to include his grandson who plans to join the Virginia Army National Guard.
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Issue #14 of the 2018 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/xUkYn. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard. Please visit https://go.usa.gov/xUkfU to subscribe to the newsletter via email. In This Issue: 529th CSSB ordered to mobilize for federal active duty Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYa Virginia cyber warriors join New England exercise Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYY Bissell takes command of NATO Headquarters Sarajevo Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYg Va. National Guard aviation battalion trains around the state Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkY4 192nd Security Forces Squadron trains to shoot, move and communicate Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYb DMA conducts first-ever Supervisor Course Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYW
This #VaANG recruiting video from 2001 is #throwbackthursday gold. #tbt
192nd Security Forces squadron trains to shoot, move and communicate. Read more here - https://go.usa.gov/xUWZg Photos here - https://flic.kr/s/aHskEepSJQ
Check out the 192nd's own SSgt. Cunningham co-hosting the sixth episode of the Air Combat Command's podcast "The Reflective Belt"
For this #throwbackthursday, 2nd Lt. Allison Gilbert, a Physician's Assistant from the Virginia Air National Guard's 192d Fighter Wing, treats a young patient with the help of interpreter, 1st Lt. Roberto Balderon from the Salvadoran Army July 16, 2002. The 192 FW's Medical Squadron took a 14-day humanitarian mission to Morazan, El Salvador. They visited the four towns of Guatajiagua, Sociedad, Cacaopera, and Chilanga for medical support of the local people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michele G. Misiano) #TBT #VaANG
Happy Independence Day 192nd Fighter Wing! Thank you all for helping to keep our country free. Enjoy your families today and be safe. Honored to serve with you all! - Chief Bouley
"Please join me in congratulating our 149th Fighter Squadron's Maj. 'Mongo' Dietrich who was awarded the United States Air Force 2017 Fighter Instructor Pilot of the Year," said Col. Frank J. Lobash, 192nd Fighter Wing commander. "This is an incredible accomplishment that once again shows the amazing talent and dedication our F-22 fighter squadron brings to the fight everyday." Lt. Gen. Mark C. Nowland, U.S. Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, hosts the 2017 Air Force Fighter Awards Ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., June 25, 2018. (Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)
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#Throwbackthursday to when the Virginia Air National Guard enlisted 50 Airmen in just three days during 1970. See anyone you served with? #VaANG #VANGUARD #TBT read more here: https://go.usa.gov/xQsqU
“Civil Support Team operations are extremely complex, and excellence doesn’t just happen,” said Brig. Gen. James W. Ring, Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff. “We are extremely proud of the outstanding performance of the Soldiers and Airmen of the 34th CST on the external evaluation and greatly appreciate the time and effort that went into their success.”
Welcome Chief Master Sgt. Christopher L. Amburn! He is the newest member of the VaANG and the incoming 192nd Fighter Wing command chief.
The VaANG is making a difference around the world. 203rd RED HORSE Squadron is building a school for children in rural El Salvador as part of Operation Beyond the Horizon 2018. Accompanied by the 192nd Security Forces Squadron and 192nd Medical Group, the mission provided training opportunities for the Airmen and new facilities for Salvadoran children.View photos here - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1826178330771708.1073741976.111055992283959&type=1&l=b1d569b546
Today, the 149th Fighter Squadron, Virginia Air National Guard, celebrates its 71st year as a unit. Read about what Airman 1st Class Dagejah Hampton and Lt. Col. "Scrappy" think makes the 149th FS great - https://go.usa.gov/xQhhc
Airmen of the 203rd RED HORSE squadron, Virginia Air National Guard, begin construction of a school, kitchen and latrine facility during May 2018 in rural El Salvador. The project was designed to bring vital services and resources to rural communities as part of Operation Beyond the Horizon, conducted by U.S. Army and Air Force active, guard and reserve components along with the El Salvadoran military and civic agencies. (Courtesy photo)
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In case you missed it when the 203rd RED HORSE squadron volunteers were featured on the evening news for building a playground for kids in Norfolk, we talked with them too and went back to get photos of the finished project. According to one of the teachers there, the kids love the new playground. Great work RED HORSE! Read more here - https://go.usa.gov/xQtQ3
Members of the 203rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer (RED HORSE), 192nd Fighter Wing, volunteered their time to construct a playground April 20, 2018, at the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Norfolk, Virginia. The effort was in coordination with the United Way of South Hampton Roads to help a Head Start preschool program remain in the neighborhood it primarily serves.
Approximately 100 U.S. Flags are displayed in celebration of National Flag Day June 14, 2018, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. Flag Day was officially established by President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bryan Myhr)