Joey Hubbard

CMSgt Joseph 'Joey' W. Hubbard

Niceville, FL —Chief Master Sergeant Joseph W. Hubbard, United States Air Force, passed away unexpectedly on the afternoon of January 6, 2014 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Chief Hubbard was 41 years old, born on May 29, 1972 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Joe faithfully served his Lord and Savior, loved and adored his family, and invested his career in serving America and caring for Airmen. He is survived by his wife Karen, his daughter Katherine, and his son Joey. He is also survived by his father, his mother, two brothers, and two sisters. Chief Hubbard entered the Air Force on August 21, 1990, initially serving as a security specialist at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. In 1994 he transitioned into communications and computer system operations. Chief Hubbard's service included duty at Kunsan Air Base, Korea; KI Sawyer AFB, Michigan; Robins AFB, Georgia; Malmstrom AFB, Montana; Heidelberg, Germany; and Fairchild AFB, Washington. Additionally, he served as the Superintendent of the Secretary of the Air Force's Legislative Liaison Office at the Pentagon, and as the Superintendent of the 53d Test Management Group at Eglin AFB, Florida. Chief Hubbard earned a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in Management from Park University and a Master of Business Administration degree, with honors, from Webster University. As Chief Hubbard does every day, he had spent Monday focusing his time, energy, and attention caring for the Airmen of the 53d Test Management Group.

A viewing and visitation will be held at 10 am on Monday, January 13, at the First Baptist Church of Niceville, Florida with a memorial service to follow at 11 am. An additional visitation and memorial service will be held at the Loudon Funeral Home in Loudon, Tennessee on January 15 at 11 am followed immediately by a burial with full military honors at Lakeview Cemetery in Lenoir City, Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Chief Hubbard's name to the Fisher House Foundation ( or the Bob Hope Village (

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Jan. 11, 2014