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Air Force Major Samuel Lucas Jobe is Chief of Air Operations at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and a LeFlore County native. Major Jobe is the son of Poteau City Councilman and retired Poteau High School football coach Earl Job and retired Pansy Kidd Middle School teacher Sara Jobe. Jobe entered the Air Force after graduating from the University of Arkansas in 1997. He has held positions at the squadron, group, and wing level. He is a combat pilot with more than 720 logged hours in support of Operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Jobe has flown over 3,800 hours worldwide in aero-medical, airlift and tanker aircraft. He is married to Colleen Jobe and the couple have four children, Jane, Addy, Mathew, and Joseph. At his post at Fort Leavenworth, Jobe instructs graduate-level curriculum on joint and advanced warfare to the joint and international officer student body. he also edits and instructs Air Force lesson plans on doctrine, operations and planning, and integrates air-power into the college's learning objectives. He supports Air Force Element interactions in joint and international exercises as the college air mobility expert, mentors Military Master's in Arts and Sciences degree candidates, and ensures accreditation standards are met. Jobe's most resent assignment was as Chief of Operations Group Training at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, where he led the most diverse KC-135 Training team in Air Mobility Command, responsible for management of all training requirements for over 350 KC-135 aircrew members. As Operations Officer, he was directly responsible for managing and evaluating the proficiency as well as status of training and readiness of 65 aircrew members operating the KC-135 Stratotanker mid-air refueling aircraft in order to perform worldwide airlift and air refueling missions supporting conventional and nuclear taskings. Jobe's first assignment was as the special assistant to the commander during his time in the Air Force ROTC. He was a distinguished graduate of the AFROTC and would earn many more awards and commendations during his career including the Mackay Trophy, Pilot of the Year in 2000 with the 75th Airlift Squadron, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters, Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Recognition Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border and three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Longevity Service with three oak leaf cluster, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, and the Air Force Training Ribbon.
Jobe is one of many military service men and women from LeFlore County, but one that we can be especially proud to call our own. His distinguished service serves as an inspiration and an example to that which is best in all of us.