B.A., University of Nebraska-Omaha
After service as an Air Force Space Command communications noncommissioned officer, Retired Air Force Capt. Augustine “Chez” Varela Jr. entered the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He was commissioned in 1990 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. Varela is a graduate of the Signal Corps Officer’s Basic Course, Signal Corps Advanced Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Commander’s Course, and the Observer/Controller Trainer Course.
His military assignments include Cable Platoon Leader in Desert Storm/Desert Shield; Tactical Satellite Platoon Leader; Company Executive Officer; G6 Telecommunication Staff Officer for the 22nd Signal Brigade, V Corps; S6, 297th Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Gordon, Georgia; Allied Military Intelligence Battalion, NATO Headquarters, Sarajevo, Bosnia; Company Commander, Charlie Company, 447th Signal Battalion, Fort Gordon, Georgia; Active Component/Reserve Component (AC/RC) Operations Officer, 75th Training Support Division, Houston; and Chief, J6 Operations, Exercise, and Training Branch for NATO Joint Headquarters, Madrid, Spain.
His awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (Three Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Good Conduct Award, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (Three Campaign Stars), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Air Force NCO Leadership Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, NATO Medal, Southeast Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.