Jay C. Block is a lifelong public servant.
In 1989, Jay graduated from high school and began his service immediately, when he enlisted in the USAF Reserve. He transferred to the Air National Guard in North Dakota in 1990 to attend college at North Dakota State University, where he interned for a U.S. Senator in 1993 and graduated in 1995 with a Political Science degree and a commission through the Air Force ROTC program. He served for well over 20 years as a nuclear weapons officer, volunteered for a combat tour in Afghanistan, commanded twice on foreign soil representing our country, and finally retired in 2016 as a Lt Col.
During Jay’s Air Force career Jay served in numerous nuclear assignments. He was an intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) Launch Officer, ICBM Maintenance Officer, Nuclear Policy Officer at the Pentagon, Nuclear Command and Control Program Manager and also supported Space Launches for the Titan Launch Vehicle at Cape Canaveral Air Station, FL. His proudest moment in the nuclear enterprise was the high honor of being hand-selected due to his technical expertise to test launch a Minuteman III ICBM in 2001. Later that year, Jay earned a master’s degree in International Relations from Troy State University. He took all he learned to Afghanistan in 2005 and 2006, working with Afghan Ministry of Defense senior leaders as well as partnering with foreign senior leaders in Europe and the South Atlantic.
His most significant impact in his career was volunteering to command and organize numerous humanitarian missions for the Afghan people at orphanages and refugee camps across the Kabul area. After he returned home, Jay was selected for command as the senior American officer representing our country on the British territory of Ascension Island in the South Atlantic and at Volkel Air Base in The Netherlands.
Jay retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2016 from Kirtland AFB, NM. He fell in love with New Mexico and decided to stay in Rio Rancho. Due to his vast experience working in the Air Force nuclear enterprise, Jay started a second career as a nuclear weapons consultant leading teams and conducting business development.
Jay decided to continue to serve his community after his military service by running for Sandoval County Commissioner in 2016. Jay was the first Republican to win his district’s seat on the Sandoval County Commission and he was re-elected in 2020. On the Commission, Jay focused on economic development, illegal dumping, ethics, passed a 2nd Amendment sanctuary county resolution, sponsored and passed the first-ever Right to Work ordinance at the county level, and focused on public safety. He is the first Commissioner in the history of the county to receive union endorsements from both the Firefighters and Sheriff’s Deputies.