Name Javier C Medina
Location Dallas, TX.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Air Force
Years of service April 1984 - September 2006
Rank/grade 500px-US-O5 insignia.png Lieutenant Colonel/O-5
Unit/Command HQ, Defense Finance and Accounting Services, Arlington, VA.
Status Retired

My name is Javier C Medina. I was in enrolled in Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps in high school, and went on to receive a commission in the United States Air Force after college. I retired from the Air Force in September 2006.


Flight Information[]

Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,100 hours
Aircraft flown: T-38, C-130, A-10, F-16A/B/C/D and KC-10

Major Awards and Decorations[]

Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with two bronze stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait)

Effective Dates of Promotion[]

200px-US-O1 insignia.png Second Lieutenant April 14, 1984
200px-US-O2 insignia.png First Lieutenant April 14, 1986
534px-US-O3 insignia.png Captain April 14, 1988
500px-US-O4 insignia.png Major May 14, 1995
500px-US-O5 insignia.png Lieutenant Colonel April 1, 1999

Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps[]

My Army JROTC History[]

I enrolled in AJROTC in my freshman year of high school at Patch American High School(PAHS), in Stuttgart, Germany. I was a military dependent, my father being in the Army, and stationed in Germany. I spent two years at PAHS. I was involved in the Drill Team, Rifle Team, Honor Guard and a school specific team called "Rangers". Our Drill Team competed against other high schools in the regional United States Army Europe(USAEUR)competitions, where we won first place.

My father was reassigned to Fort Hood, Texas where I enrolled in AJROTC and during my senior year at Ellison High School, Killeen, Texas, I held the position of Battalion Commander with the rank of Cadet Colonel. We had five companies, with a cadet corps of 340 students.

Upon graduation from high school, I attended the University of Texas at Austin, whereupon graduation, I applied for a commission in the United States Air Force.

Special Achievement in AJROTC[]

During my junior year, I contacted and enlisted the help of four active duty Airborne Rangers stationed at Fort Hood to provide after school training. I then asked our SAI to endorse the formation of an Airborne Ranger Team as part of the after school JROTC curriculum. We then formed an active after school training program where we would go out on the army reserve of Fort Hood and receive instruction in survival, evasion and concealment techniques. This included a weekend survivalist drill where we were dropped of in selected areas of the reserve with a map, rations and survival gear, and required to make our way as teams to a designated rally point on the reserve. The first team to reach the rally point were given trophies and authorization to wear a black/white cord on their uniform for the school year. The success of the program carried on into the next school year, with a participation of 50 cadets in 10 teams receiving training and participating in the exercise.

AJROTC Special Unit Participation[]

  • Honor Guard
  • Drill Team
  • Rifle Team
  • Rangers