Technical Sergeant Derek F. Miles is assigned as Flight Chief ATCALS installations assigned to the Headquarters Air Force Flight Standards Agency. He installs, maintains, and repairs navigation aids valued at $41 million in support of both the United States Air Force and North Atlantic Treaty Organization objectives worldwide at 82 bases. He provides 24-hour instrument landing system support to both American and NATO forces worldwide. Which directly supports the Air Force's $9.5 billion dollar flying hour program.
Sergeant Miles was born in Buffalo, NY. He attended the University of Buffalo, graduating in 2011 with his bachelor's. He also played college division three basketball and volleyball. He subsequently enlisted in the Air Force in 2012 and arrived at Lackland AFB, Texas, for basic training. Sergeant Miles is the unit sexual assault prevention and response trainer and resiliency. He serves as a crisis response advocate for the local community of Oklahoma county, serving 700 thousand residents as well. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Radar, Airfield, and Weather Systems (RAWS) NCOIC and Group Executive Officer 39th Weapons Systems Security Group, Incirlik Air Base, Republic of Turkey.
2011 Bachelor of Arts in Media Study, University of Buffalo, Buffalo New York
2015 Airman Leadership School, Incirlik AB, Turkey
2017 Community College of the Air Force,
2019 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
1. January 2012 – March 2012, Trainee, Basic Military Training, 324th Training Squadron, Lackland AFB, Texas
2. March 2012 – October 2012, Student, Ground Radar Systems Apprentice Course, 338th Training Squadron, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
3. October 2012 – October 2014, Ground Radar Systems Apprentice, 65th Communication Squadron, Lajes Air Force Base, Portugal
4. October 2014 – October 2016, Radar, Airfield, and Weather Systems (RAWS) NCOIC, 39th Operations Support Squadron, Incirlik AB, Turkey
5. October 2016 – August 2019, Radar, Airfield, and Weather Systems (RAWS) NCOIC, 5th Operations Support Squadron (AFGSC), Minot AFB ND
6. August 2019 – Present, ATCALS Instillations Flight Chief, AF Flight Standards Agency (HAF), Oklahoma City, OK
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon
2014 Gen Jumper Award for Excellence in Warfighting Integration & Info Dominance Professional of the Year, United States Air Forces in Europe
2015 John L. Levitow Award, Airmen Leadership School
2015 Airman of the 2nd Quarter, 39th Air Base Wing
2015 12 Outstanding Airman of the Year
2016 AFGSC Radar, Airfield, and Weather Systems NCO of the year
2016 NCO of the Year, 5th Operations Group
2017 NCO of the Year, 5th Operations Group
2018 NCO of the Year, 5th Operations Group
2019 Distinguished Graduate NCOA, Shepard AFB, TX
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class Jan. 11, 2012
Senior Airman May 11, 2014
Staff Sergeant June 1, 2016
Technical Sergeant June 1, 2019
(Current as of July 2021)
My Mentors and who they are to me!
MSgt Derrick Duncan
"The mission 70 years from now is the same as the mission 70 years ago. The one constant change are the people. They are the key cog to ensuring the mission doesn’t fail and should be treated as such."
MSgt Robert Wayland
I absolutely will always be there for those that need me. The better you take care of the Airman the better the mission gets done. People first and mission always!
CMSgt Steven Bauch
Best section Chief I have ever had!
Don't be JV when you can be varsity!
MSgt Joshua Stewart
Always be open and talk with your Airman. They need to be able to talk to you about anything. Also, you should be open about yourself as well.