Angel Diaz grew up in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1987. He brings over 24 years of experience as a US Air Force Officer and a career C-130 pilot, to Check 6.
Angel’s early career included assignments as a C-130 Aircraft Commander and Evaluator pilot. He was one of only 6 instructor pilots in the Air Force qualified in the Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System (LAPES) designed to deliver supplies to troops in a combat environment. In August of 1990, Angel deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and afterwards flew multiple humanitarian airdrop missions over Northern Iraq. Angel has held the positions of Chief of Standardization/Evaluations and Operations Officer of several C-130 units. He deployed 3 times in leadership positions from 2002 to 2004 in support of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. He served as operations officer at Masirah Island, Oman and Al Udeid AB, Qatar as well as squadron commander in Jacobabad, Pakistan.
Angel’s assignments include Exchange Pilot to the Spanish Air Force, Deputy Group Commander and Air Domain Chief in the NORTHCOM Command Center where he was in charge of air defense for the continental United States. Angel finished his career with a 1-year tour as a member of the US Embassy team in Doha, Qatar. In this position he was responsible for customs, immigration and infrastructure for 10,000 US personnel at two US military bases in Qatar. After retirement, Angel became an adjunct professor at Colorado Technical University where he taught courses in Homeland Defense and Homeland Security.
Angel has over 3,500 flight hours and has earned Master’s degrees from the US Naval War College (M.A National Security), US Air War College (M.A. in Strategic Studies) and the Air Force Institute of Technology (M.S. in Logistics).
Angel is married and has three children. He and his family live in Colorado Springs, CO.