Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
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|Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force|
|Formation||April 3, 1967|
|First holder||Paul W. Airey|
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 has yet to occur, is when an Air Force sergeant 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. While the CMSAF is a non-commissioned officer, the billet is protocol equivalent to a lieutenant general.
The CMSAF collects a base salary of 7,894.50 a month.
Rank Insignia and Positional Colors
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. 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.
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, the SMA's color has been authorized since 22 March 1999. The Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force colors were authorized in January 2013.
The official term of address for the CMSAF is "Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force" or "Chief."
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Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force
|#||Picture||Name||Tenure from||Tenure to|
|1||75px||Paul W. Airey||April 3, 1967||July 31, 1969|
|2||75px||Donald L. Harlow||August 1, 1969||September 30, 1971|
|3||75px||Richard D. Kisling||October 1, 1971||September 30, 1973|
|4||75px||Thomas N. Barnes||October 1, 1973||July 31, 1977|
|5||75px||Robert D. Gaylor||August 1, 1977||July 31, 1979|
|6||75px||James M. McCoy||August 1, 1979||July 31, 1981|
|7||75px||Arthur L. Andrews||August 1, 1981||July 31, 1983|
|8||75px||Sam E. Parish||August 1, 1983||June 30, 1986|
|9||75px||James C. Binnicker||July 1, 1986||July 31, 1990|
|10||75px||Gary R. Pfingston||August 1, 1990||October 25, 1994|
|11||75px||David J. Campanale||October 26, 1994||November 1, 1996|
|12||75px||Eric W. Benken||November 5, 1996||July 30, 1999|
|13||75px||Frederick J. Finch||July 31, 1999||June 28, 2002|
|14||75px||Gerald R. Murray||July 1, 2002||June 30, 2006|
|15||75px||Rodney J. McKinley||June 30, 2006||June 30, 2009|
|16||75px||James A. Roy||July 1, 2009||January 24, 2013|
|17||75px||James A. Cody||January 24, 2013||Present|
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- Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
- Sergeant Major of the Army
- Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
- Senior Enlisted Advisor for the National Guard Bureau
- Department of the Air Force Protocol Precedence List
- Jablonski, Tech. Sgt. David A. "New CMSAF insignia debuts Nov. 1". Retrieved January 23, 2013.
- "AFI-36-2903" (PDF). United States Air Force. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
- Elder, p. 40.
- U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry .
- CMSAF Transition Ceremony
- "AFI-36-2618 Enlisted Force Structure" (PDF). United States Air Force. 27 February 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
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