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Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

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Chief Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force
Headquarters US Air Force Badge.png
Headquarters Air Force Identification Badge
Flag of the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.svg
Flag of the CMSAF[1]
JoAnne S. Bass
since 14 August 2020 (2020-08-14)
United States Air Force
TypeSenior enlisted advisor
Member ofThe Air Staff[2]
Reports toChief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force
AppointerChief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force
Formation3 April 1967; 55 years ago (1967-04-03)
First holderPaul W. Airey
Salary$9,786.00 per month, regardless of the incumbent's service longevity[3]
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (acronym: 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, unless an enlisted airman is serving as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman. The CMSAF 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.

The current Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force is Chief JoAnne S. Bass (/bæs/). On 14 August 2020, Chief Bass succeeded Chief Kaleth O. Wright, to become the 19th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.[4]

Although the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force is a non-commissioned officer, protocol states that the CMSAF has precedence over all lieutenant generals at joint events, and over all lieutenant generals except the Air Force Director of Staff at Air Force exclusive events.[5]

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Rank insignia and positional colors

On 1 November 2004,[6] 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.[7]

The Sergeant Major of the Army, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Chief Master Sergeant of the Space 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). The Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force colors were authorized in January 2013.[8]

The official term of address for the CMSAF is "Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force" or "Chief."[9]

Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force

No. Portrait Name Term of office
Took office Left office Time in office
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Paul W. Airey


3 April 1967 31 July 1969 2 years, 119 days
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Donald L. Harlow


1 August 1969 30 September 1971 2 years, 60 days
Kisling rd3.jpg
Richard D. Kisling


1 October 1971 30 September 1973 1 year, 364 days
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Thomas N. Barnes


1 October 1973 31 July 1977 3 years, 303 days
Gaylor rd2.jpg
Robert Gaylor


1 August 1977 31 July 1979 1 year, 364 days
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James M. McCoy


1 August 1979 31 July 1981 1 year, 364 days
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Arthur L. Andrews


1 August 1981 31 July 1983 1 year, 364 days
Sam E. Parish.jpg
Sam Parish


1 August 1983 30 June 1986 2 years, 333 days
James C. Binnicker.jpg
James C. Binnicker


1 July 1986 31 July 1990 4 years, 30 days
Gary R. Pfingston.jpg
Gary R. Pfingston


1 August 1990 25 October 1994 4 years, 85 days
David J. Campanale.jpg
David J. Campanale


26 October 1994 1 November 1996 2 years, 6 days
Eric W. Benken.jpg
Eric W. Benken


5 November 1996 30 July 1999 2 years, 267 days
Frederick J. Finch.jpg
Frederick J. Finch


31 July 1999 28 June 2002 2 years, 332 days
Gerald R. Murray


1 July 2002 30 June 2006 3 years, 364 days
Rodney J. McKinley.jpg
Rodney J. McKinley


30 June 2006 30 June 2009 3 years, 0 days
CMSgt James A. Roy.jpg
James A. Roy


1 July 2009 24 January 2013 3 years, 207 days
CMSAF James Cody.jpg
James A. Cody


24 January 2013 17 February 2017 4 years, 24 days
CMSAF Wright.jpg
Kaleth O. Wright


17 February 2017 14 August 2020 3 years, 179 days
CMSgt JoAnne S. Bass.jpg
JoAnne S. Bass


14 August 2020 Incumbent 2 years, 212 days


JoAnne S. BassKaleth O. WrightJames A. CodyJames A. RoyRodney J. McKinleyGerald R. MurrayFrederick J. FinchEric W. BenkenDavid J. CampanaleGary R. PfingstonJames C. BinnickerSam ParishArthur L. AndrewsJames M. McCoyRobert GaylorThomas N. BarnesRichard D. KislingDonald L. HarlowPaul W. Airey

See also


  1. ^ "CMSAF Transition Ceremony". Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Air Force Senior Leaders". Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Monthly rates of Basic Pay (Enlisted) – effective January 1, 2023". Defense Financing and Accounting Service. Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  4. ^ "Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Joanne S. Bass". United States Air Force. 14 August 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  5. ^ "AFI 34-1201 Protocol" (PDF). United States Air Force. 18 August 2020. Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  6. ^ Jablonski, Tech. Sgt. David A. "New CMSAF insignia debuts Nov. 1". Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  7. ^ "DAFI 36-2903" (PDF). United States Air Force. 12 April 2022. Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  8. ^ CMSAF Transition Ceremony Archived 2013-02-17 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "AFH 36-2618 Enlisted Force Structure" (PDF). United States Air Force. 5 July 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2022.

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