Joseph S. Herrera, SMSGT
Air Force Liason
Senior Enlisted Academy
Senior Master Sergeant Herrera enlisted in the Air Force in October, 1996. He completed Basic Training at Lackland AFB, Texas and attended Aviation Maintenance Technical School at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Senior Master Sergeant Herrera was assigned to B-1B Strategic Bombers from 1997 to 2000, and assumed duties as assistant dedicated crew chief of aircraft 83-3071 at Dyess AFB, TX. He then retrained into HH-60 Helicopter Maintenance and attended Basic Helicopter Repairer course at Ft. Eustis, Virginia and was subsequently assigned to a Combat Search and Rescue unit at Nellis AFB, NV.
Sgt Herrera was then selected to develop and teach the first USAF CV-22 Osprey maintenance training course from 2003-2008. He was then assigned to Davis Monthan AFB, AZ and returned to the Combat Search and Rescue community. During this tour he was deployed to mentor the Afghan Air Force in Mi-17 and Mi-35 maintenance management and then returned to serve as Lead Production Superintendent for the 55th Helicopter Maintenance Unit.
Sergeant Herrera holds two Associate’s Degrees, one in Aircraft Maintenance Technology as well as one in Instruction in Technology and Military Science from the Community College of the Air Force. He is an FAA licensed Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic. Additionally, he is a graduate of the United States Air Force Senior NCO Academy.
Senior Master Sergeant Herrera’s major personal awards include the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal (One oak leaf cluster), Commendation Medal (Two oak leaf clusters), Air Force Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster), and Army Achievement medal. He joined the staff of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy in February, 2014.
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