Chief Master Sergeant Joel A. Buys

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 five Army directorates, five 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 family members.

Chief Buys grew up in Canby, Oregon, and entered the Air Force Feb. 15, 1995. His background includes a variety of positions in airfield systems, intelligence, special operations, cyberspace support and duty 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 Special Operations 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


  • October 1995 – December 1996, Ground Radio Communications Apprentice, 1st Communications Squadron, Langley AFB, VA
  • December 1996 – December 2000, RF Systems Maintenance Journeyman, 381st Intelligence Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, AK
  • January 2001 – December 2005, Special Operations Maintenance Technician, Joint Communications Unit (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC
  • December 2005 – December 2009, Superintendent, Airfield Systems, Data Masked
  • January 2010 – June 2011, First Sergeant, 763rd Maintenance Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV
  • June 2011 – June 2014, First Sergeant, 724th Special Tactics Group, Pope Army Airfield, Fort Bragg, NC
  • July 2014 – September 2015, First Sergeant, 43rd Air Mobility Squadron, Pope Army Airfield, Fort Bragg, NC
  • September 2015 – March 2016, Squadron Superintendent, Technology Operations Squadron Launch, Los Angeles AFB, CA
  • March 2016 – May 2018, Senior Enlisted Leader, Aerospace Data Facility Colorado, Buckley AFB, CO
  • 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