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Chief Master Sergeant JOSEPH A. MONTGOMERY

Chief Master Sergeant Joseph A. Montgomery is the Command Chief, 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. He is the senior enlisted leader responsible to the Commander for the professional development, military readiness, and mission effectiveness of over 2,600 Airmen administering more than 118 academic courses training over 20,000 students annually. The wing trains mission-ready special operations, combat search and rescue, personnel recovery, missile site support, and UH-1 DV airlift aircrews, as well as SERE, Survival Specialists and Combat Rescue Officer training for the world’s best Air and Space Force. The wing’s thirteen squadrons provide and support flight training for 32 different crew positions in TH/UH-1H/N, HH-60G, CV-22B, MC-130H, HC-130P/N, and MC/HC-130J aircraft.

Chief Montgomery grew up in Jacksboro, TN., and entered the Air Force in April 1989. His background includes positions as both in-shop and flight line maintenance in the Turbo-Propulsion career field; Instructor and Evaluator Flight Engineer qualifications on the C-130E/H, MC-130E, and special mission aircraft; and as a Loadmaster on the MC-130H. He is a Chief Enlisted Aircrew Member with more than 4,800 flying hours and 760 combat hours. His leadership positions include Operations Superintendent, Additional Duty First Sergeant, Squadron Superintendent, Group Superintendent, and Functional Manager. His assignments include bases in Mississippi, Florida, Alaska, North Carolina, Japan and the United Kingdom. He has taken part in numerous humanitarian and combat operations and has extensive experience in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and NEW DAWN.

1993 Airman Leadership School, Patrick AFB, Fla.
1999 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
2001 Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics, Magna cum Laude, Embry-Riddle University
2003 Associates of Applied Science in Aviation Ops, Community College of the Air Force
2004 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Gunter Annex, Ala.
2006 SOF Senior Enlisted Course, Joint Special Operations University
2007 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (correspondence)
2010 Chief’s Leadership Course, Maxwell AFB, Gunter Annex, Ala.
2011 USAF Enterprise Management Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia 2013 Master of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management, University of West Florida 2014 China and East Asia Seminar, Alan Freed Associates, Washington, D.C.
2014 Summit Course, Joint Special Operations University
2015 Keystone Course, National Defense University

1. Oct 1989 – Aug 1991, Turbo-Propulsion Specialist, 3389th Field Maintenance Squadron, Keesler AFB, MS.
2. Aug 1991 - May 1993, Turbo-Propulsion Specialist, 741st Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron,
Patrick AFB, FL.
3. May 1993 – Jun 1994, Turbo-Propulsion Specialist, 71st RS, Patrick AFB, FL.
4. Jun 1994 – May 1996, C-130E Flight Engineer, 61st Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, AR.
5. May 1996 – Feb 1998, C-130E/H Flight Engineer Scheduler, 36th Airlift Squadron, Yokota AB, Japan
6. Feb 1998 – Mar 2001, C-130H Evaluator Flight Engineer, 517th Airlift Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, AK.
7. Mar 2001 – Feb 2002, C-130H Flight Engineer Evaluator, 3rd Operations Group, Elmendorf AFB, AK.
8. Feb 2002 – Aug 2005, Operations Superintendent,8th Special Operations Squadron, Duke Field, FL.
9. Aug 2005 – Aug 2008, Superintendent, Group Standardization and Evaluation, Fort Bragg, NC.
10. Aug 2008 – Jul 2009, Special Activities Flt Engineer Functional Manager, HQ AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, FL.
11. Jul 2009 – Mar 2011, Superintendent, 15th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL.
12. Mar 2011 – Sep 2012, Superintendent, 1st Special Operations Group, Hurlburt Field, FL.
13. Sep 2012 – Sep 2013 , Superintendent, 352nd Special Operations Support Squadron, RAF Mildenhall, UK
14. Sep 2013 – Jan 2015, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 353rd Special Operations Group, Kadena AB,
15. Jan 2015 – Present, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland AFB, NM

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Combat Action Medal

1989 Distinguished Graduate, Turbo-Propulsion Tech Training
1994 Distinguished Graduate, Flight Engineer Performance School
1994 Distinguished Graduate, C-130 Flight Engineer Initial Qualification
1997 Distinguished Graduate, C-130 Flight Engineer Instructor Qualification
1999 Distinguished Graduate/Academic Achievement Award, Noncommissioned Officer Academy
2003 8th Special Operations Squadron Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
2004 16th Operations Group Lance P. Sijan Award
2004 16th Operations Group Additional Duty First Sergeant of the Year
2004 AFSOC Chief Master Sgt. Fred Archer Award
2004 Distinguished Graduate, Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy
2008 Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Fort Bragg, NC.

Chief Master Sergeant, Aug. 1, 2009

(Current as of January 2015)