Colonel Jay M. Smeltzer is the Commander of the 445th Maintenance Group, 445th Airlift Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. As the senior maintenance officer, he is responsible for directing maintenance for the training and readiness of approximately 400 assigned group personnel tasked with maintaining an inventory of nine C-17A Globemaster III aircraft valued at $1.7 billion.
Colonel Smeltzer was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Thomas Worthington High School in 1977. He delayed enlisted in the Air Force in 1976 and entered Basic Military Training in 1977. Colonel Smeltzer attended aircraft mechanic training at Sheppard AFB, Texas. He served as NCOIC of Maintenance Control, 907th Tactical Airlift Group, to include a deployment SWA in support of Desert Storm.
Colonel Smeltzer graduated from The Ohio State University in 1992 and received his commission in 1994. Since then, he has been a maintenance officer for C-141, C-130 and C-5 maintenance units and commanded C-5 and C-130 maintenance squadrons. In addition, he served as the Deputy Group Commander, 433d Maintenance Group, 433d Airlift Wing, Lackland AFB, Texas, Commander, 445th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio and Deputy Group Commander, 445th Maintenance Group.
1992 Bachelor’s Degree, The Ohio State University, Ohio
1994 Direct commission, Air Force Officer Orientation Course, Gunther AFB, Ala.
1995 Air Reserve Technician Officer Orientation, Robins AFB, Ga.
1995 Logistics 199 Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
1995 Aircraft Maintenance and Munitions, Shepard AFB, Texas
1996 Flight Safety Officer Course (Aircraft Mishap Investigation) Kirtland AFB, N.M.
1998 Air Command and Staff College, Seminar, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
1998 Combat Logistics 299 Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2000 Squadron Officer School, correspondence
2012 Master’s Degree, Operational Art, Air University/Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2017 Air War College, On-Line, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1977-1978 F-4D aircraft mechanic, MacDill AFB, Fla.
1978-1994 Mechanic; C-123, C-130E; maintenance control, plans and scheduling, Rickenbacker ANGB, Ohio
1994-1998 C-141B Maintenance Officer, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
1998-2003 C-130E Maintenance Officer, Minneapolis-St Paul ARS, Minn.
2003-2005 Commander, 910th Maintenance Squadron, Youngstown ARB, Ohio
2005-2007 C-5 Maintenance Officer, Westover ARB, Mass.
2007-2008 C-5 Maintenance Officer, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2008-2010 Commander, 445th Maintenance Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2010-2013 Deputy Commander, 433d Maintenance Group, Lackland AFB, Texas
2013-2014 Commander, 445th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2014-2018 Deputy Commander, 445th Maintenance Group, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2018 - Present Commander, 445th Maintenance Group, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
1999-2003 CORONET OAK, Howard AFB, Panama and Muniz ANGB, P.R.
2004-OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Manas AB, Kyrgistan
2004-OPERATION JOINT FORGE, Ramstein AB, Germany
2005-OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Al Udeid AB, Qatar
2012-OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Al Salem AB, Kuwait
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal (3 device)
Air Force Commendation (1 device)
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal (4 devices)
National Defense Service Medal (1 device)
Southwest Asia Service Medal (1 device)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Medal
Air Force Longevity Service (6 devices)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 3 ‘M’ Devices
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle)
Air Force Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
Reserve Officers Association – 2000-present Flying Vikings Chapter
Airlift Tanker Association – 2011-present Alamo Chapter
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant – January 13, 1994
First Lieutenant – January 13, 1996
Captain – October 8, 1998
Major – March 25, 2003
Lieutenant Colonel – Aug 22, 2013
Colonel – Sept 11,2018
(Current as of October 2018)