Fond Farewell - Chief Master Sgt. Glen Jimenez

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  • By Senior Airman Micah Coate
  • 452 AMW Public Affairs

Chief Master Sgt. Glen S. Jimenez, Business Administration Functional Area Manager 349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. and 452d AMW Wing Staff CC Superintendent, March ARB, Calif., closed out his 33 year career with the United States Air Force in a ceremony on July 18, 2019 at Los Angeles AFB.

Jimenez was born and raised in La Puente, CA. After graduating high school he chose to follow in the footsteps of his two older brothers, Jose Martin Jimenez and Gerard Jimenez, by enlisting in the Air Force on July 18, 1986.

His first assignment was as an Entry Controller with the 92nd Security Police Squadron at Fairchild AFB, Washington. His work in Security Forces later took him to Michigan, Georgia, Germany and the State of Qatar where he served in Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, Infinite Justice, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terror.

In 1993 he returned home to California where he separated from active duty and joined the 445th Security Police Squadron here at March ARB, CA.

The ceremony was presided over by Col. Jeffrey J. Pickard, commander of the 349th Maintenance Group, Travis AFB, CA, a long time friend and co-worker of Jimenez’s.

In attendance were his family whom he took time to individually thank for their contributions that helped make his time in the Air Force a success.

He also took time to acknowledge the leaders he encountered throughout his career that helped shape him into the NCO he is.

“If I ever had an NCO or a supervisor that I appreciated for their leadership and experience I used that,” Jimenez said. “I molded myself out of that and put it in my toolbox and used that as an NCO.”

He said that the lessons he learned from those leaders led him to not take the rank of Chief Master Sergeant for granted when he was promoted to the position in 2016.

“Once you get these stripes - once you become a chief - you no longer work for yourself,” said Jimenez. “What matters is what you do for the troops. How you take care of them, lead them, train them. I’ve taken everything out of my brain that I’ve learned over the past 30 years and tried to instill it in every troop out there.” 

Before leaving, Jimenez wanted to pass on a few pieces of advice to all Airmen: Always be focused on advancing your level of education and take the education opportunities the Air Force gives you, and learn how to transform a negative into a positive.

“Any time a troop would come to me and tell me that we had a problem, I would ask them how was this an opportunity to improve the mission,” Jimenez said. “By changing your attitude through learning how to turn negatives into positives, your career gets better.”