By Staff Writer
The Air Mobility Command Safety Directorate recently welcomed Col Charlie M. Velino as the new Director. Velino entered the Air Force through Officer Training School in March of 1995 and, following Basic Computer Officer School, was assigned duties in systems management and software engineering. In 1998, he was selected to attend pilot training and completed Undergraduate Pilot Training in April of 1999.
Velino transitioned to the C-17 and has filled multiple squadron, group, and wing positions and was deployed to Rhein-Main Air Base (AB), Germany, Al Udeid AB, Qatar, and Karshi-Khanabad AB, Uzbekistan, supporting operations in the Middle East. He has been a Wing Chief of Safety twice and has commanded at the Squadron, Group, and Wing level.
Velino has served in a variety of staff duties at the 618th Tanker Airlift Control Center, the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), and most recently at Headquarters Air Mobility Command where he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff. In that position he directly supported the Chief of Staff in the management of the Headquarters’ daily battle rhythm and the prioritization and optimization of staff activities.