Phone: 936-890-2394


Degrees and Certifications:

Colonel Vincent Jefferson

Colonel Vince Jefferson is the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor (SASI) for the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) at Willis High School.  He is responsible for the overall administration of the AFJROTC program at Willis High School in accordance with an established agreement between Headquarters AFJROTC and Willis ISD. He also serves as the department head and teaches the Aerospace Science portion of the course.  He is serving in his eleventh year as a SASI.  He served his first year as a SASI at Cleveland High School in Cleveland, Texas.

Colonel Jefferson graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps.  He also earned his Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management from West Coast University in 1997.  He served over 26 years of active duty service in the United States Air Force as a space operations officer in multiple assignments and locations around the world.  As a Colonel, he served as a Commander or Director until he retired in 2012.  As the Director of Operations and Exercise, 14th Air Force, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, he was responsible to the 14th Air Force Commander for the operational readiness of 28 weapon systems operated by more than 12,000 people, in 155 units, at 44 locations around the world.  As the Commander, 460th Mission Support Group, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, he was responsible for providing civil engineering, security and law enforcement, logistics readiness, contracting, military and civilian personnel support, education services and family support services to Air Force Space Command units as well as other units and agencies throughout the Colorado Front Range area. In his last active duty assignment as Director of Space Forces, US Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Colonel Jefferson served as the senior space advisor to the designated air component commander(s) for United States European Command (USEUCOM) and United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM). He was responsible to the commander(s) for coordinating, integrating, and staffing activities to plan, execute, and assess space operations and effects to achieve joint force commander objectives in their geographical area(s) of responsibility.


1985 Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Miss.

1990 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

1997 Master of Science in Engineering Management, West Coast University, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

1997 Distinguished Graduate, USAF Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base Nev.

1999 Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence

2006 Air War College, Correspondence


1. January 1986 – October 1988, Missile Warning Operations Crew Commander and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 9th Missile Warning Squadron, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.

2. September 1988 – June 1992, Chief, Phased Array Sensor Training,1013th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

3. June 1992 – October 1994, Satellite Operations Crew Commander and Assistant Chief, Ultra-High Frequency Follow-on Satellite Operations, 3rd Space Operations Squadron, Falcon Air Force Base, Colo.

4. October 1994 – April 1996, Exercise Planner, 14th Air Force, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

5. April 1996 – July 1997, Chief, Current Operations, 614th Space Operations Flight, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

6. July 1997 – September 1999, Chief, Space Operations, 16th Air Force, Aviano Air Base, Italy.

7. September 1999 – August 2000, Commander, Weapons and Tactics Flight, 50th Operations Support Squadron, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.

8. August 2000 – January 2002, Operations Officer, 50th Operations Support Squadron, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.

9. January 2002 – April 2003, Chief, Weapons and Tactics Branch, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

10. April 2003 – July 2005, Commander, 328th Weapons Squadron, United States Air Force Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

11. July 2005 – May 2007, Deputy Commander, 614th Space Operations Group, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

12. May 2007 – June 2007, Deputy Commander, 614th Air and Space Operations Center, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

13. June 2007 – May 2008, Director of Operations and Exercise,14th Air Force (AFSTRAT), Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

14. May 2008 – Jul 2010, Commander, 460th Mission Support Group, 460th Space Wing, Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.

15. Jul 2010 – Mar 2012, Director of Space Forces, US Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa, (DIRSPACEFOR, USAFE and AFAFRICA), 3rd Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

16. Apr 2012 – Jul 2013, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor (SASI), Cleveland High School, Cleveland, Texas

17. Aug 2013 – Present, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor (SASI), Willis High School, Willis, Texas



Badges:    Command Space Badge

Systems: Pave PAWS Space Warning System

Ultra-high Frequency Follow-on Communications Satellite

Joint Space Operations Center


Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Combat Readiness Medal

National Defense Service Medal

Kosovo Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

NATO Medal


Second Lieutenant                 August 8, 1985

First Lieutenant                     October 30, 1987

Captain                                 October 30, 1989

Major                                    August 1, 1997

Lieutenant Colonel                 February 1, 2002

Colonel                                 June 1, 2007

Retired                                 April 1, 2012