Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
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Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
Chief Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force
CMSAF Wright.jpg
Incumbent
Kaleth O. Wright

since February 17, 2017
FormationApril 3, 1967
First holderPaul W. Airey
WebsiteOfficial 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 position of office 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 one exception to the status of the CMSAF as the highest-ranking enlisted member of the Air Force, which first occurred on December 13, 2019, is when an Air Force chief is serving as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this instance, the SEAC would outrank the CMSAF. 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.

The current Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force is Chief Kaleth O. Wright. On February 17, 2017, Chief Kaleth O. Wright succeeded Chief James A. Cody, to become the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.[1]

Rank insignia and positional colors

On November 1, 2004,[2] 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 which 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. The CMSAF also 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.[3]

The Sergeant Major of the Army, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force and the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman are the only members of the United States armed forces below the rank of brigadier general/rear admiral, lower half to be authorized a positional color (flag). First considered in 1992,[4] the SMA's color has been authorized since 22 March 1999.[5] The Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force colors were authorized in January 2013.[6]

The official term of address for the CMSAF is "Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force" or "Chief."[7]

Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force

# Picture Name Tenure from Tenure to
1 Airey pw-.jpg Airey Paul W. Airey
2 Harlow dl.jpg Harlow Donald L. Harlow
3 Kisling rd3.jpg Kisling Richard D. Kisling
4 Barnes tn.jpg Barnes Thomas N. Barnes
5 Gaylor rd2.jpg Gaylor Robert D. Gaylor
6 Mccoy jm.jpg Puckett James M. McCoy
7 Andrews al.jpg Andrews Arthur L. Andrews
8 Sam E. Parish.jpg Parish Sam E. Parish
9 James C. Binnicker.jpg Binnicker James C. Binnicker
10 Gary R. Pfingston.jpg Pfingston Gary R. Pfingston
11 David J. Campanale.jpg Campanale David J. Campanale
12 Eric W. Benken.jpg Benken Eric W. Benken
13 Frederick J. Finch.jpg Finch Frederick J. Finch
14 CMSAFmurray.jpg Murray Gerald R. Murray
15 Rodney J. McKinley.jpg McKinley Rodney J. McKinley
16 CMSgt James A. Roy.jpg Roy James A. Roy
17 CMSAF James Cody.jpg Cody James A. Cody
18 CMSAF Wright.jpg Wright Kaleth O. Wright Incumbent

See also

References

  1. ^ "CSAF Announces CMSAF #18". Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Jablonski, Tech. Sgt. David A. "New CMSAF insignia debuts Nov. 1". Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "AFI-36-2903" (PDF). United States Air Force. 1 June 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ Elder, p. 40.
  5. ^ U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-10. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link).
  6. ^ CMSAF Transition Ceremony Archived February 17, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "AFI-36-2618 Enlisted Force Structure" (PDF). United States Air Force. 27 February 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 March 2013. Retrieved 2013.

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