Guardians of Democracy
This webiste is dedicated to James Sanchez and family, Struck by tragedy when there home burned down June 13th, 2013, James is a retired PJ from the U.S. Air Force, currently a reserve police officer with the Cuba Police Department and volunteer Fire Chief of the Cuba Fire Department in New Mexico.
CMSGT JAMES C. SANCHEZ
CMSGT James C Sanchez was the Superintendent at the 306th RQS at DMAFB AZ. He is 48 years old.
CMSgt Sanchez was born in Albuquerque New Mexico on 28 September 1964. He was raised in the small mining town of Taos NM 112 miles north of Albuquerque. He than moved with his family to Lexington Kentucky where he graduated from Lafayette High School in June 1983.
On 27 September 1983, CMSGT Sanchez enlisted in the Air Force without a guaranteed job in the open general enlistment category. While completing basic training he attended the pararescue specialty briefing, and passed the qualification flying physical examination, and the physical fitness test. He completed basic training in March of 1984 at Lackland AFB, Texas. After graduation, he completed Pararescue Indoctrination Training at Lackland AFB, Texas in July 1984, Special Forces Underwater Operation Course U.S. August 1984 Army Airborne Training at Ft. Benning, Georgia in September 1984, USAF Survival Training at Fairchild AFB, Washington in October 1984, and the Pararescue Recovery Specialist Course at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico in June 1985.
In July 1985, Chief Sanchez was assigned his first permanent duty station at the 41st Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron, McClellan AFB, Ca. His assignments in the Pararescue career field have included duties and responsibilities as a team member, team leader, instructor, flight examiner, Director of Training, and Element leader, He is credited with saving 78 lives during the execution of numerous search and rescue parachute jump and helicopter missions throughout his assignments.
His assignments include: 41st Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron, McClellan AFB, Ca. The 33rd Air Rescue Squadron Kadena Air Base, Okinawa Japan, Team Leader at the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope AFB NC, the USAF Pararescue School, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico as the Director of Training and the Chief Enlisted Manager at 306th RQS DMAFB AZ. His professional military education includes completion of the NCO Orientation and USAF Supervisor’s course, Military Airlift Command NCO Leadership School, and then Air University SNCO Academy, He holds an Associates Degree in Rescue and Survival Technology awarded by the Community College of the Air Force.
Chief Sanchez is a Senior aircrew member with over 3200 flying hours, a master parachutist, and a Tandem parachute instructor with over 3600 parachute jumps, a combat scuba diver, a PADI Dive Master, a Naval Special Warfare Special Operations Technician, a Close Quarter Battle Tactician instructor, off road vehicle instructor, AMA professional MX/super-cross licensed racer, Survival expert/instructor, Colt Armorer certified, Police Officer, wilderness medical instructor and a national registered Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic. Military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal two oak leaf clusters, Air medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Achievement Medal one Oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Combat Readiness Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal and the NATO Medal. He is the recipient of Airman of the Quarter Awards, NCO of the Quarter/Year awards, and USAF NCO Pararescueman of the year awards.