Salute! Berryville native promoted to colonel

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Berryville native has been promoted to colonel in the U.S. Air Force.

Col Jimmy “Roper” Worley is the Air National Guard (ANG) Advisor to Air Combat Command (ACC) Director of Operations, Headquarters ACC, Langley Air Force Base, Va. He graduated from Berryville High School and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a bachelor of science degree in general engineering in 1994. He received his commission upon graduation and earned his Air Force Wings upon completion of undergraduate pilot training at Vance Air Force Base in 1995.

Worley began his operational flying career at Royal Air Force Base Lakenheath, United Kingdom, as a member of the 493rd “Grim Reapers.” In 1999, he became a member of the 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan. He joined the Louisiana Air National Guard in 2003.

Worley graduated from the U.S. Air Force F-15C Weapons School in 2004 and served as the 122 FS Weapons and Tactics Officer, 159FW Chief of Advanced Programs, 159FW Weapons and Tactics Officer, 122 FS Director of Operations and 122 FS Commander. In April 2014, he became the Chief of ARC Advanced Programs.

Worley is a command pilot with more than 3,400 hours of military flying time and more than 3,800 hours of total time, including more than 250 hours of combat time in the pilot’s seat.

He said it meant a lot to him to be promoted to colonel.

“It’s very humbling after all the time I’ve spent in the Air Force,” Worley said, “and because of the additional trust it means the Air Force and Air National Guard have put in me. These are big shoes to fill, and I hope to live up to the standard set by those who have gone before me.”

Worley’s mother, Carol Carey, and brother, Scott Worley, reside in Berryville. Carey said the family is very proud of Worley’s accomplishments.

“He’s worked very hard,” she said. “For a small town Berryville boy, we feel he has done very well. We’re very proud of his accomplishments.”

Worley and his wife, Tara, reside in Williamsburg, Va. They have three children: Lindsey, Trey and Tayler.

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