Jamil Musa

Jamil is a Major in the U.S. Air Force.


Currently, he is in the C-17A instructor pilot re-qualification process and will eventually be stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. An Olmsted Scholar and North Africa/Middle East Regional Affairs Specialist, Jamil studied contemporary history at Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco. Upon defending his thesis this fall, Jamil will become the first American to complete coursework towards a graduate degree predominantly instructed in Arabic at Mohammed V University. Prior to his time in Morocco, Jamil served as executive officer to the Commander 437th Operations Group, Charleston AFB, South Carolina, and as a C-17A flight lead airdrop and Special Operations Low Level II (SOLLII) instructor pilot. Jamil has flown nearly 2,000 hours in operations around the globe, including numerous missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. His awards and decorations include the Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Achievement Medal.

He received his commission in 2003 from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he graduated with military distinction and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science and Foreign Area Studies (Western Europe) and minored in French. During this time, Jamil also spent a semester as an exchange student in France at the Ecole de l’Air, graduating from French survival school, earning French parachute wings, and flying in numerous French aircraft. He received his Masters in Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution in 2008 from Norwich University, Vermont, where he graduated with honors. He is a distinguished graduate of Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

Jamil’s personal interests include soccer, triathlons, traveling, reading, and spending time with his family and friends.

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