Chief Master Sergeant
Illinois Wing Chief Master Sergeant
About the Former Chief
Chief Master Sergeant Michael F. Mitchell – Retired, became the second Illinois Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant. The Chief served as an advisor to the Wing Commander in promoting the objectives of the United States Air Force Auxillary by impending aerospace education, disaster relief, encampment support, fitness and member mentoring.
Chief Mitchell joined the Civil Air Partol in 2005, serving in the Mattoon Composite Squadron (328) before transfering to the Decatur Composite Squadron (302) in 2012. He holds a senior rating in logistics, as well as being qualified as a Mission Scanner and Mission Observer. He has completed the Basic Officer course, Squadron Leadership School, Corporate Learning Course and Regional Staff College.
Chief Mitchell Served 7 years with the US Army completing 2 tours in Germany. Following a short break in civilian life he enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard for 23 years with deployments to England and Phillipines. During the National Guard service he worked under Federal Civil Seervice as a Unit Administrator. Duties included, Artillary Crew Chief, Unit Supply Sergeant, Infantry Platoon Sergeant, Dining Facilities Manager (Mess Sergeant), First Sergeant and Command Sergeant Major at Battalion level and Brigade level.
He is a graduate of the 7th US Army NCO Academy, the Army Reserve Senior NCO Course and First Sergeants Course and finally attending the resident course at the US Army Sergeants Major Academy, Ft Bill, Tx.
The Job of the Command Chief Master Sergeant
The position of Command Chief Master Sergeant was renamed in November 1998. Formerly titled Senior Enlisted Advisor, Command Chief Master Sergeants serve as senior advisors to commanders at Wing, Numbered Air Force, Field Operating Agency, and Major Command levels. In a Joint command, when an Air Force Chief Master Sergeant fills a DoD-nominative Command Senior Enlisted Leader position, that individual is also designated as a Command Chief Master Sergeant. Command Chiefs advise the Commander on all enlisted matters, including all issues affecting the command’s mission and operations, and the readiness, training, utilization, morale, technical and professional development, and quality of life of all enlisted members in the organization. Command Chiefs are the functional managers for First Sergeants in their entire command/organization.