Edward J. Blauvelt is of Muskogee (mother) and Mohawk (father) descent, is an active member in local American Indian community, and has been the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph American Indian Heritage Committee Chairman for the past 11 years. Ed currently serves as the International Affairs Lead Operations and Manpower for the Air Force Security Assistance Training Squadron (AFSAT) within Headquarters, Air Education and Training Command.
Ed enlisted the United States Air Force in 1980 as a Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Technician serving in numerous state-side and oversea locations. In 1990, Ed was crossed-trained in the Aviation/Operations Resource Management career field where he was responsible for multi-million dollar flying and aviation pay programs until his retirement in 2007 at the rank of Senior Master Sergeant (E-8).
Ed has completed three Master degrees: in Aviation Management, Aviation/Aerospace Safety Systems (2008) and Military History (2013). He completed his bachelors in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle graduating Magna Cum Laude and Valedictorian (2003). Ed also completed two Associate degrees from the Community College of the Air Force (1997/2000).
Ed was honored with the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) Meritorious Service Award in 2015 and 2018. He also received the U.S. Air Force Outstanding Aviation Resource Management Non-commissioned Officer of the Year Award in 1998.
Ed met his wife, Nicole, in England and they have been married for nearly 40 years. Together they have three children and three grandchildren. Ed hobbies include military history, Gourd Dancing, photography, fishing, and astronomy.
With SAIGE I will have a great opportunity to interact and serve my people and learn from them and their experiences. I want to use those experiences to reach out and assist other American Indians to achieve their dreams and expand our impact in America.