FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas –
The Medical Education & Training Campus (METC) welcomed Chief Master Sgt. Joel Berry as the new METC Command Chief May 1.
Berry relieved Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Lambing, who will become the Chief of the Air Force Medical Enlisted Force in the Office of the Surgeon General.
Berry arrived at METC following an assignment as the Senior Enlisted Leader of the Air Force Research Laboratory and 711th Human Performance Wing, and group superintendant of the School of Aerospace Medicine. As the senior enlisted advisor to three commanders, Berry provided advice and guidance on matters relating to mentoring, professional growth, development, welfare, training, readiness, utilization, and recognition of enlisted personnel affecting over 10,000 enlisted, officers, civilians and contractors assigned to over 40 operating locations around the world. He also managed academic and personal concerns affecting over 5,000 students annually, to include counseling, mentorship and career reassignment of personnel.
"I can't tell you how excited I am to be here at METC and become part of a truly exceptional team," said Berry. "Being a part of 'Training the finest Medics, Corpsmen, and Techs' is simply a mission I want to be a part of, and can't wait to get started."
Berry added that "METC provides such a unique and one of a kind educational and training experience, I'm just humbled to be a part of the leadership team."
Berry grew up in Elkton, Va. He entered the Air Force in November 1988. After completing basic military training, he attended the Aeromedical Specialist course at Brooks AFB, Texas. Following technical training, he served as an aeromedical specialist at Langley AFB, Va. He later merged into the public health career field in 2002. As a career enlisted medic, he has served as an emergency medical technician, in-flight aeromedical specialist, in a variety of public health duties, as a technical school instructor, squadron superintendent, and major command superintendent/functional manager. His past assignments include bases in Virginia, Maryland, Texas, Idaho, Ohio and Germany, and has deployed to locations in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM