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Chief Master Sgt. John A. Palmer, Command Chief


Chief John A. Palmer is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Chief Palmer is the senior enlisted leader of a composite wing responsible for executing full spectrum air operations on behalf of United States, coalition and partner forces executing NATO’s Resolute Support mission and Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL. He serves as a trusted advisor to the wing commander on matters affecting current and future combat operations, and the health, morale, welfare, discipline, and effective utilization of 2,500 Total Force Airmen and civilians assigned to Bagram, Jalalabad and Kandahar Airfields. Chief Palmer additionally serves as the senior enlisted Air Force liaison between the wing, joint, and coalition senior enlisted leaders, influencing combined joint policies and procedures throughout Afghanistan.

Chief Palmer entered the Air Force on 7 May, 1993. He has garnered and provided sound technical expertise in both maintenance and operations career fields from Squadron to Headquarters-levels in Joint, deployed and Coalition environments. Chief Palmer has also served in a variety of progressively responsible positions from functional management at the MAJCOM-level to personnel actions at the Air Force- level. Over the course of 27 years, Chief Palmer has garnered extensive experience in tactical,  operational  and  strategic-level  human  resource  management, professional development, Command and Control, theater-level programing and requisitions management planning in Air Force, Joint and Multi-National environments.




1996 Munitions Inspector Course, Osan AB, R.o.K.

1998 Airmen Leadership School, Royal Air Force Feltwell, U.K.

2000 Air Force Combat Ammunition Planning and Production Course, Beale AFB, Calif.

2004 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

2004 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy Course, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, by correspondence

2007 Associates Degree - Munitions Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell-Gunter, Ala.

2007 Associates Degree - Space Technology, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell-Gunter, Ala.

2007 Multi-TDL Advanced Joint Interoperability Course, Fort McPherson, Ga.

2007 Link-16 Planner Course, Fort McPherson, Ga.

2008 USAF First Sergeant Academy Additional Duty Symposium, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2009 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.

2009 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course, Fort McNair, Wash. DC, by correspondence

2010 Ballistic Missile Defense Systems Staff Officer Course, Camp Smith, Hawaii

2014 Bachelor of Science - Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona, Fla.

2016 Fundamental Systems Acquisition Management Course, Fort Belvoir, Va., by correspondence

2016 Air Force Forces Senior Staff Course, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

2016 Contingency Wartime Planning Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2017 FAA Obstruction Evaluation/Airport Airspace Analysis Course, Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, Okla.

2017 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II Course, Fort McNair, Wash. DC, by correspondence

2017 Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course, Joint-Base Andrews, Md.

2018 Senior Enlisted Legal Orientation, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2018 AF Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, N.C.

2020 Senior Leader Security Seminar, Montross, VA

2020 Global/Regional Studies - Middle East and South Asia, Wash. DC



May 1993 - June 1993, Student, Basic Military Training School, 331TRS, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas

June 1993 - August 1993, Student, Munitions Productions Specialist Crs, 34000TTG, Lowry AFB, Colo.

September 1993 - June 1995, Conventional Maintenance Crew Member, 416MS, Griffiss AFB, N.Y.

June 1995 - June 1996, Combat Munitions Team Crew Member, 5MXS, Minot AFB, N.D.

July 1996 - July 1997, Conventional Maintenance Crew Member, 51MXS, Osan Air Base, R.o.K.

July 1997 - July 2000, Munitions Aircrew Training Representative, 48MXS, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, U.K.

July 2000 - June 2001, Equipment Maintenance Crew Chief, 27MXS, Cannon AFB, N.M.

June 2001 - August 2001, Student, Aerospace Command & Control Specialist Crs, 81TG, Keesler AFB, Miss.

September 2001 - June 2004, NCOIC, Test & Integration Branch, WPC, Einsiedlerhof Air Station, Germany

June 2004 - April, 2008, NCOIC, Operations Training & Alpha Flights, 729ACS, Hill AFB, Utah (September 2005 - January 2006 & May 2007 - September 2007, Air Surveillance Technician, 727 EACS, Balad AB, Iraq)

May 2008 - May 2009, NCOIC, Reports Cell/First Sergeant, CC-Air (NATO), Izmir,Turkey

June 2009 - June 2012: Superintendent, Combat Operations Division, 613AOC, Hickam AFB, Hawaii (May 2010 - October 2010, Senior Offensive Duty Officer Technician, Al Udied AB, Qatar)

July 2012 - May 2015: Functional Manager, Command Post, TACP, C2BMO, & Space Operations Assignments, AFPC, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas

May 2015 - June 2017: Theater Air Control Systems Manager & 1C5/1C6 MAJCOM Functional Manager, HQ PACAF, JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii

June 2017 - August 2018: Superintendent, 51 Operations Group, Osan AB, R.o.K.

September 2017 - May 2020: Command Chief Master Sergeant, 317 AW, Dyess AFB, Texas

April 2020 - Present: Command Chief Master Sergeant, 455 AEW, Bagram AB, Afghanistan



Legion of Merit

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with three devices

Air Force Commendation Medal with three devices

Army Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with four devices

Air Force Combat Readiness Medal



1995 SrA Below-the-Zone, Minot Air Force Base, N.D.

1998 48 Fighter Wing Leo Marquez Award Winner, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, U.K.

2006 NCOA John L. Levitow Honor Graduate, Peterson AFB, Colo.

2007 729 Air Control Squadron Team of the Year, Hill AFB, Utah

2007 388 Operations Group Team of the Year, Hill AFB, Utah

2007 729 Air Control Squadron Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, Hill AFB, Utah

2007 388 Operations Group Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, Hill AFB, Utah

2010 HAF Command & Control Battle Management Operator of the Year (SNCO), Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii



Chief Master Sergeant 01 Feb 2015


(Current as of June 2020)