Former AFSOUTH Chief Master Sergeant faces dereliction of duty, obstruction of justice charges

The 355th Fighter Wing Commander has brought charges against Chief Master Sergeant Jose Barraza. Barraza was previously assigned as the 12th Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant. This is all a result of an on-going investigation by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Chief Master Sergeant Barraza is charged with one specification for willfully disobeying an order, seven specifications for dereliction of duty, two specifications for making false official statements and five specifications for obstruction of justice in violation of UCMJ Articles 90, 92, 107 and 134 respectively. A preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Barraza joined the Air Force in 1989 and became AFSOUTH’s top enlisted adviser in June 2015. AFSOUTH is located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.

A January 2014 Airman Magazine story, “Playing the Pawn,” told the story of how Barraza rose from a gang member in Los Angeles to a leader in the Air Force.