Command Sergeant Major (R) Jeffrey J. Mellinger

Command Sergeant Major Jeffrey J. Mellinger assumed the duties as the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Command Sergeant Major on Nov. 2, 2007, and retired on 31 December 2011 with nearly 40 years of continuous active duty. CSM Mellinger was previously assigned to the U.S. Army Alaska and spent several months speaking to units and groups on his experiences in Iraq.

CSM Mellinger was drafted on April 18, 1972, at Eugene, Oregon. Following basic and advanced training at Fort Ord, California, he completed airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia. His first assignment was in the Federal Republic of Germany as a unit clerk. Upon his return from Germany, CSM Mellinger was assigned to the 2nd Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry, Fort Lewis, Washington. For the next five years, CSM Mellinger served as unit clerk, battalion personnel staff NCO, machinegun squad leader, rifle squad leader, rifle platoon sergeant and weapons platoon leader. He then performed drill sergeant duty at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and returned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion, serving again as a platoon sergeant.

Command Master Chief Steven P. Viola

Master Chief Viola enlisted in the Navy in December 1986. Over his career, his tactical, operational, and strategic assignments have included a full range of duties in the Navy, NSW, and Joint Special Operations communities. Concurrently while on active duty, Master Chief Viola graduated from Campbell University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science (BAS), and from TUFTS University; The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 2014 with a Master of Arts in International Relations (MA).

He has also graduated from several military schools, to include Navy Senior enlisted academy, Joint Special Operations University Senior enlisted academy, and the CMC leadership school.

He is also a Keystone Fellow, Keystone selects the top 100 SEL annually across all branches of the U.S. Military to attend the Keystone Fellows course at the National Defense University. The course is designed to educate the Command Senior Enlisted Leaders (CSELs) currently serving or slated to serve in a general or flag level joint headquarters.

He is married to the lovely Susan Gonzales; they have a wonderful son, Jerod.

Major (R) Raymond Sterling

Raymond Sterling was born in Port Limon, Costa Rica to his beloved mother, Rita Sterling. He was raised in Passaic, NJ and graduated from Passaic High School in 1986. He entered the United States Army in December of 1986 and attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, SC and Advanced Initial Entry Training at Fort Sam Houston, TX. He has over 24 years of Honorable service to his country. His deployments include Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Unified Response.

Following Retirement from the Army, Ray worked as a government contractor for the Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) program providing guidance to Active and Reserve Medical providers on real time battlefield casualty surveillance and proper documentation of care using the Electronic Healthcare system during both pre-deployment training exercises and during their deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Ray currently manages a clinic for the government in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

MAJ Sterling is married to the former Joycelynn Roberson and they have four kids, Desiree, Jasmine, Raymond Jr, and Trinity.

Chief Master Sergeant Paul J. Barendregt

Chief Master Sergeant Paul J. Barendregt is the Chief Enlisted Manager for the 212th Rescue Squadron, 176th Operations Group, 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He represents the highest enlisted level of leadership in the 212th, and as such, provides direction for the enlisted force and represents their interests, as appropriate. He advises the commander on all matters affecting the welfare, readiness, training, professional development and effective utilization of the enlisted force.

Chief Barendregt was born in Newport Beach, California. He and his wife Josie Garton have three children, Joshua, Eliot, and Penelope. Chief Barendregt joined the Air Force in 1992. After completion of initial Pararescue training in 1994, he was stationed at Patrick AFB, Florida, as a member of the 41st Rescue Squadron. After 2 years of service in Florida, he transferred to the 56th Rescue Squadron Keflavik AB, Iceland. In 1997, he was assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan. In 1999, he transitioned to the Alaska Air National Guard, serving with the 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons. He has deployed in support of many operations all over the world, both combat and humanitarian.

Captain Joseph T. Simms

Captain Joseph T Simms is the Chief of Public Affairs, 927th Air Refueling Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. The 927th Air Refueling Wing flies the KC-135R Stratotanker whose missions consist of in-flight air refueling, cargo and passenger airlift, aeromedical evacuation, and supporting contingencies and humanitarian operations around the world.

Captain Simms plans, develops, and oversees all aspects of the public affairs communication program and serves as the wing spokesperson for media and community relations events.

Captain Simms began his Air Force career with the Alabama Air National Guard as a command post controller in 1996. After serving 12 years with the National Guard, and attaining the rank of Master Sergeant, he transitioned to the AF Reserve and received his commission through Officer Training School in 2008.