Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force


Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

CMSgt James A. Roy.jpg

Incumbent:
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.[1]

The current Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force is Chief James A. Roy. He is the 16th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force in the history of the U.S. Air Force.

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".

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Chief Master Sergeants

# Picture Name Tenure from Tenure to
1 Airey pw-.jpg Airey Paul W. Airey 01967-04-03 April 3, 1967 01969-07-31 July 31, 1969
2 Harlow dl.jpg Harlow Donald L. Harlow 01969-08-01 August 1, 1969 01971-09-30 September 30, 1971
3 Kisling rd3.jpg Kisling Richard D. Kisling 01971-10-01 October 1, 1971 01973-09-30 September 30, 1973
4 Barnes tn.jpg Barnes Thomas N. Barnes 01973-10-01 October 1, 1973 01977-07-31 July 31, 1977
5 Gaylor rd2.jpg Gaylor Robert D. Gaylor 01977-08-01 August 1, 1977 01979-07-31 July 31, 1979
6 Mccoy jm.jpg Puckett James M. McCoy 01979-08-01 August 1, 1979 01981-07-31 July 31, 1981
7 Andrews al.jpg Andrews Arthur L. Andrews 01981-08-01 August 1, 1981 01983-07-31 July 31, 1983
8 Sam E. Parish.jpg Parish Sam E. Parish 01983-08-01 August 1, 1983 01986-06-30 June 30, 1986
9 James C. Binnicker.jpg Binnicker James C. Binnicker 01986-07-01 July 1, 1986 01990-07-31 July 31, 1990
10 Gary R. Pfingston.jpg Pfingston Gary R. Pfingston 01990-08-01 August 1, 1990 01994-10-25 October 25, 1994
11 David J. Campanale.jpg Campanale David J. Campanale 01994-10-26 October 26, 1994 01996-11-01 November 1, 1996
12 Eric W. Benken.jpg Benken Eric W. Benken 01996-11-05 November 5, 1996 01999-07-30 July 30, 1999
13 Frederick J. Finch.jpg Finch Frederick J. Finch 01999-07-31 July 31, 1999 02002-06-28 June 28, 2002
14 CMSAFmurray.jpg Murray Gerald R. Murray 02002-07-01 July 1, 2002 02006-06-30 June 30, 2006
15 Rodney J. McKinley.jpg McKinley Rodney J. McKinley 02006-06-01 June 1, 2006 02009-06-30 June 30, 2009
16 CMSgt James A. Roy.jpg Roy James A. Roy 02009-07-01 July 1, 2009 present

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