Story and photo by Ann Patton
Academy Spirit staff
When Tech. Sgt. Jason Reeves joined the Air Force at 17, he wanted to learn law enforcement. The 10th Security Forces Squadron Airman knew the Air Force would be a challenge but he found out he loved it and decided to stay.
Deployed seven times since he joined 11 years ago next month, he can’t imagine doing anything else.
“They’re going to have to drag me out of the Air Force kicking and screaming,” he said.
For his outstanding service, Sergeant Reeves received the Air Force Academy’s Excellence in Military Service Award from the League of United Latin American Citizens. The award will allow him to compete against other Air Force base winners for the top LULAC honors.
“I think it’s a great accomplishment to be selected for the base,” he said. “To even be considered for the award is a great feeling.”
His numerous military awards include a Joint Service Commendation Medal, an Air Force Commendation Medal, an Air Force Achievement Medal and an Army Achievement Medal.
In 2008, while deployed to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, he served as Viper Team Leader and was responsible for an eight-man team to patrol 187 square kilometers outside the wire while protecting the base from surface-to-air and man-portable air defense weapons. His security measures led to the detection of five unauthorized vehicles containing 14 personnel.
Following the deployment, Sergeant Reeves was selected as Police Services NCO for the 10th SFS. His first major mission was the Academy roads and their safety. He coordinated funding and installation of electronic speed signs for the base. He also oversees 38 Chenega employees as the quality assurance evaluator for the Chenega contract.
He was also instrumental in the successful security of Corona 2008 while protecting the secretary of the Air Force, Air Force chief of staff and other officers and dignitaries and was chosen as security flight chief for the 2009 Corona.
In 2009, Sergeant Reeves provided security for Air Force One during a visit by President Barack Obama to Colorado and was selected to aid in an inspection and evaluation at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.
After arriving at the Academy, Sergeant Reeves met and married his wife, Julie. The couple has an 18-month-old son, Brody, and welcomed their newborn son, Gavin, April 7, whom the NCO deemed “healthy as a horse.”
He praised Julie and her support of his Air Force career, deployments and all.
“She makes all this easy and keeps things going with the kids and the house,” he said. “She works harder than I do. Nothing can come between us.”
He added the best part of his day is when his son goes to the door to greet him, but deployments nonetheless are a difficult part of being in the Air Force.
“If there is a hard part it’s leaving my family when I’m getting ready to go, even though I know I will come back,” he said.
Sergeant Reeves, who was promoted to technical sergeant March 1, expects to complete his associate’s degree from the Community College of the Air Force by August, before his next deployment. While at home in Colorado, he enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting and “anything that involves my family.”
For the Airman, husband and father, doing what he loves is not a job.
“As long as what I’m doing is fun, I’ll never work a day in my life,” he said. “When you’re surrounded by great people, how can you not like what you do?”