Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

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Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
CMSAF James A. Cody

since January 24, 2013
Formation April 3, 1967
First holder Paul W. Airey
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.

The current Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force is Chief James A. Cody. He is the 17th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force in the history of the U.S. Air Force.

The salary/pay for CMSAF is $7,609.50/month plus other allowances.

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."

Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force

# Picture Name Tenure from Tenure to
1 Airey Paul W. Airey 01967-04-03-0000April 3, 1967 01969-07-31-0000July 31, 1969
2 Harlow Donald L. Harlow 01969-08-01-0000August 1, 1969 01971-09-30-0000September 30, 1971
3 Kisling Richard D. Kisling 01971-10-01-0000October 1, 1971 01973-09-30-0000September 30, 1973
4 Barnes Thomas N. Barnes 01973-10-01-0000October 1, 1973 01977-07-31-0000July 31, 1977
5 Gaylor Robert D. Gaylor 01977-08-01-0000August 1, 1977 01979-07-31-0000July 31, 1979
6 Puckett James M. McCoy 01979-08-01-0000August 1, 1979 01981-07-31-0000July 31, 1981
7 Andrews Arthur L. Andrews 01981-08-01-0000August 1, 1981 01983-07-31-0000July 31, 1983
8 Parish Sam E. Parish 01983-08-01-0000August 1, 1983 01986-06-30-0000June 30, 1986
9 Binnicker James C. Binnicker 01986-07-01-0000July 1, 1986 01990-07-31-0000July 31, 1990
10 Pfingston Gary R. Pfingston 01990-08-01-0000August 1, 1990 01994-10-25-0000October 25, 1994
11 Campanale David J. Campanale 01994-10-26-0000October 26, 1994 01996-11-01-0000November 1, 1996
12 Benken Eric W. Benken 01996-11-05-0000November 5, 1996 01999-07-30-0000July 30, 1999
13 Finch Frederick J. Finch 01999-07-31-0000July 31, 1999 02002-06-28-0000June 28, 2002
14 Murray Gerald R. Murray 02002-07-01-0000July 1, 2002 02006-06-30-0000June 30, 2006
15 McKinley Rodney J. McKinley 02006-06-30-0000June 30, 2006 02009-06-30-0000June 30, 2009
16 Roy James A. Roy 02009-07-01-0000July 1, 2009 02013-01-24-0000January 24, 2013
17 Cody James A. Cody 02013-01-24-0000January 24, 2013 Present

See also


  1. Department of the Air Force Protocol Precedence List
  2. Jablonski, Tech. Sgt. David A. "New CMSAF insignia debuts Nov. 1". Archived from the original on December 12, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  3. "AFI-36-2903". United States Air Force. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  4. Elder, p. 40.
  5. U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry [1].
  6. CMSAF Transition Ceremony
  7. "AFI-36-2618 Enlisted Force Structure". United States Air Force. 27 February 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 

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