Captain Jasmine G. Leyro
Capt Jasmine G. Leyro is the Chief of Mobility Pilot Development, 16th Airlift Squadron Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. In this role, she oversees the training and development of 170 aircrew squadron members. The 16th Airlift Squadron provides combatready C-17A aircrews in support of worldwide strategic airlift missions, nuclear airlift, presidential support and humanitarian relief efforts. Capt Leyro hails from Madera, California. She earned her commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 2014, where she preceded her sisters, Cheyenne Gonzales (2018), Autumn Gonzales (2021) and Avalon Gonzales (2025). Following Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Captain Leyro was selected to attend Pilot Instructor Training, after which she became an elite member of the pilot force as a First Assignment Instructor Pilot (FAIP). While at Vance AFB, Captain Leyro instructed and mentored over 700 students in the T-1A. Following her FAIP tour, she was assigned the C-17A at JB Charleston. Since arriving at JB Charleston, Captain Leyro has flown in support of presidential airlift and OPERATIONS ENDURING FREEDOM and INHERENT RESOLVE. She completed her first deployment with the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Al Udeid, Qatar, where she excelled in operational aerial delivery in theater. Most recently, Captain Leyro played a critical role in the evacuation of over 124,000 people, executing multiple C-17 missions in direct support of OPERATION ALLIES REFUGE, effectively ending America’s 20-year conflict in Afghanistan.