Virginia Air National Guard welcomes new State Command Chief

Chief Master Sgt. Jay N. Ellis

Chief Master Sgt. Jay N. Ellis

SANDSTON, Va. — Chief Master Sgt. Jay N. Ellis started working in his new role as the Virginia Air National Guard State Command Chief in early October 2014 in Sandston, Va.

Ellis was last assigned as the command chief master sergeant for the 192nd Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. At JBLE, Ellis worked directly for the wing commander advising him on matters impacting the enlisted force including effective use of manpower, quality of enlisted leadership, management, training, operations tempo, and quality of life concerns.

“We are pleased to have Chief Ellis on the Joint Force Headquarters team,” said Brig. Gen. Zane R. Johnson, Va. Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander. “I am confident that he will do a great job leading the enlisted men and women of the Virginia Air National Guard.”

As the new state command chief, Ellis has two top priorities.

“First, I want to ensure we embrace the Airman Comprehensive Assessment and rollout of the enlisted performance report processes,” Ellis said. “There is a perception that we are not providing enough mentorship through one-on-one conversations between the Airman and his or her supervisor.”

He said his second priority is to challenge the enlisted men and women of the Virginia Air National Guard to “do a better job of getting members through professional military education.” Ellis said, “We have to send the right message to Airmen to better themselves and offer them more opportunities.”

Ellis grew up in Richmond, Va., and entered the Air Force in October 1976. He has held numerous positions throughout his career with the Virginia Air National Guard. A notable achievement during Ellis’ time at JBLE was facilitating the stand-up of the Virginia Air Guard’s first intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance squadron, including the first integration effort between the 497th ISR Group and the 192nd Intelligence Squadron.

Johnson acknowledged the efforts of former State Command Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey W. Frazier, saying, “Frazier laid a great foundation for our enlisted Airmen and we are grateful for his many years of military service. I know Chief Ellis will continue to build upon that foundation and leave his own legacy as well.”