Chief Master Sergeant Rebecca Shelley served the nation for 27 years as a maintainer. Prior to retirement, she was the Weapons Systems Superintendent for Headquarters, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida. As the superintendent, she was responsible for the maintenance and logistics of the command’s aircraft, providing overarching guidance to field and DEPOT level repair and modification functions. She advised the AFSOC Director of Logistics, Engineering, and Force Protection on maintenance operations, policies, procedures, budget, and force structure.
Chief Shelley was born in Taipei, Taiwan and spent her youth as an Air Force brat before entering the Air Force herself in February 1993. Her assignments include tours in Florida, Guam, New Mexico, and Japan. As a C-130 Crew Chief she has maintained and managed the MC-130P, AC-130W, AC-130H, AC-130J, MC-130H, and MC-130J special operations fleets. In January 2021, Chief Shelley was hand-selected to fill the AFSOC Weapons System Superintendent position. She has deployed numerous times in support of Operations PROVIDE COMFORT II, NORTHERN WATCH, SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE and FREEDOM’S SENTINEL.
Prior to assuming her current position, she served as 353d Aircraft Maintenance Unit Superintendent at Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan.