Updated: October 15, 2021 06:23 PM
Created: October 15, 2021 08:58 AM
Chief Master Sgt. Jozef Miketin was selected as Command Chief of the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard.
"I'm excited for the change. I'm deeply humbled," he told us, just hours before he officially took the role at a Change of Reponsibility ceremony on base.
As the Command Chief, Miketin will serve as the senior enlisted advisor to the wing commander and as the wing-level representative for all enlisted members.
"To me, as Command Chief, my number one goal is the airmen in the organization. I'll be advocating for the enlisted airmen in our organization, and making sure their health, welfare, and needs are met," he explained. "There's definitely a balance to things we do, between family and faith and fitness and financial aspects."
He wants to focus on readiness and resiliency, and supporting families.
"My overall broad vision and goals, is to continue our legacy of excellence," he added.
“Chief Miketin has proven success in his roles supporting Federal and State missions since joining the Minnesota National Guard in 1998.
His education and military experience combined with his duties with the Duluth Police Department and Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College make him a natural choice to lead and represent the 900+ enlisted members of the 148th Fighter Wing,” said Col. Chris Blomquist, 148th Fighter Wing Commander.
A native of Esko, Minnesota, Miketin enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard in 1998 as a wheeled vehicle mechanic. He attended Army Basic Military Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
While attending college for a civilian law enforcement degree, Miketin transferred to the 79th Military Police Company, Army Reserve and attended Military Police technical training at Fort Riley, Kansas. In 2003, Miketin was deployed to Iraq with the 79th Military Police Company where he served as a fire team leader.
As a result of his efforts in Iraq, Miketin was awarded combat patch, Combat Action Badge and Army Commendation Medal.
In 2006, Miketin enlisted at the 148th Fighter Wing as a security forces specialist. In this capacity, Miketin has served as a fire team leader, squad leader, flight chief, training manager, operations superintendent, security forces manager and chief enlisted manager.
Most recently, Miketin served as the senior enlisted leader of 100 Airmen during the 2021 Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. and an April state active duty mission, Operation Safety Net, designed to protect the public during the trial of Derek Chauvin in Brooklyn Center and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Some of the airmen on those missions hadn't been part of something like that before. "Being really strong for them, explaining that this is what we're going to do, and what the state and country are asking of us. Motivating those people and helping people through that was the biggest deal for me for the inauguration," he said.
Miketin has an Associate of Arts in Law Enforcement from Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from the College of Saint Scholastica, and a Master of Business Administration in Business Leadership from the College of Saint Scholastica.
Currently Miketin is employed with the Duluth Police Department as a Sergeant in the Patrol Division. In this capacity, he also serves as team leader on the Tactical Response Team. Additionally, Miketin works at Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College as a faculty member and business program coordinator.
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