- Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
Chief Master Sergeant James A. Roy
since: June 30, 2009
First Paul W. Airey Formation April 3, 1967 Website Official Website
The Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF) is a unique non-commissioned rank in the United States Air Force. The holder of this rank and post represents the highest enlisted level of leadership in the Air Force, and as such, provides direction for the enlisted corps and represents their interests, as appropriate, to the American public, and to those in all levels of government. The CMSAF is appointed by the Air Force Chief of Staff (AF/CC) and serves as the senior enlisted advisor to the Air Force Chief of Staff and the Secretary of the Air Force on all issues regarding the welfare, readiness, morale, and proper utilization and progress of the enlisted force. While the CMSAF is a non-commissioned officer, the billet is protocol equivalent to a lieutenant general.
On November 1, 2004, the CMSAF's rank insignia was updated to include the Great Seal of the United States of America and two stars in the upper field. This puts the insignia in line with those of the Army and Marine Corps who have similar insignia to denote their senior enlisted servicemen. The laurel wreath around the star in the lower field remained unchanged to retain the legacy of the Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force.
The CMSAF wears distinctive collar insignia. Traditionally, enlisted airmen's collar insignia was silver-colored "U.S." within a ring. The CMSAF's collar brass replaced the standard ring with a silver laurel wreath. When the Air Force converted to the current business-cut uniform, the ring was removed from enlisted collar brass, making it identical to that of commissioned officers. The CMSAF, however, retained the special wreathed version.
The CMSAF wears a distinctive cap device. Enlisted airmen's cap device is the Coat of Arms of the United States, surrounded by a ring, all struck from silver-colored metal. Much as with the position's distinctive collar brass, the ring is replaced with a laurel wreath for the CMSAF. The Sergeant Major of the Army wears an identical cap device, albeit of gold-colored metal.
All Chief Master Sergeants, including the CMSAF, may also be referred to as "Chief".
Chief Master Sergeants
# Picture Name Tenure from Tenure to 1 Paul W. Airey April 3, 1967 July 31, 1969 2 Donald L. Harlow August 1, 1969 September 30, 1971 3 Richard D. Kisling October 1, 1971 September 30, 1973 4 Thomas N. Barnes October 1, 1973 July 31, 1977 5 Robert D. Gaylor August 1, 1977 July 31, 1979 6 James M. McCoy August 1, 1979 July 31, 1981 7 Arthur L. Andrews August 1, 1981 July 31, 1983 8 Sam E. Parish August 1, 1983 June 30, 1986 9 James C. Binnicker July 1, 1986 July 31, 1990 10 Gary R. Pfingston August 1, 1990 October 25, 1994 11 David J. Campanale October 26, 1994 November 1, 1996 12 Eric W. Benken November 5, 1996 July 30, 1999 13 Frederick J. Finch July 31, 1999 June 28, 2002 14 Gerald R. Murray July 1, 2002 June 30, 2006 15 Rodney J. McKinley June 1, 2006 June 30, 2009 16 James A. Roy July 1, 2009 present
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