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CHIEF MASTER SGT. RICHARD A. PARSONS

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Chief Master Sergeant Parsons is the Command Chief Master Sergeant, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va. In this position, he is the enlisted advisor to the commander and staff for the enlisted force stationed at 27 wings, 17 bases and at more than 200 operating locations around the world. He advises the commander on mission effectiveness, professional development, military readiness, training, utilization, health, morale, and welfare of the more than 55,000 assigned enlisted personnel. He provides guidance to the assigned 36 Command Chief Master Sergeants and performs as functional manager for the Command's 350 First Sergeants. As the USAF's largest force provider to Combatant Commanders, he visits ACC's deployed units worldwide, assessing their operational readiness, training, and morale. Additionally, he represents the command's enlisted force at a variety of military and civilian conferences, forums and speaking engagements. Lastly, in this role he serves as the commander's representative to numerous USAF committees, councils, boards and military and civilian functions.

CMSgt Parsons was born in Macon, Georgia, a graduate of Southwest High School. He entered the Air Force in August 1985, and graduated from Security Specialist course, Lackland AFB, Texas, in Dec 1985. He has an extensive background in all facets of Integrated Defense, serving during numerous deployments and staff positions in support of Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn. Before assuming his current position, he served as the United States Air Forces Central Command Chief Master Sergeant. He was selected to serve as the Air Combat Command Chief Master Sergeant in September 2011.

EDUCATION
1988 Noncommissioned Officer Prep Course, Moody Air Force Base, GA 1996 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Kisling NCO Academy, Kapaun Air Station, Germany 1998 Ground Defense Command, Lackland AFB, TX 2002 Associates Degree, Police Science, Community College of the Air Force 2004 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Gunter Air Force Base, AL 2006 Chief's Leadership Course, Gunter Air Force Base, AL 2008 USAF Senior Leadership Course, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC 2009 Keystone National Defense University, Suffolk, VA
2009 AFSO 21 Executive Leader Course, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
2010 Enterprise Management Seminar, University of Virginia
2010 COMAFFOR Course, JB MDL, New Jersey

ASSIGNMENTS
1. December 1985 - May 1993, Fire Team Member/Leader, Unit Mobility NCO, Quality Control Evaluator and NCOIC of Training, 347th Security Police Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia
2. May 1993 - April 1997, Alarm Monitor, Weapons Storage Area Supervisor, NCOIC of Training and Resources, 48th Security Police Squadron, Royal Air Force, Lakenheath, United Kingdom
3. April 1997 - April 2000, Operations and Training NCO, 820th Security Forces Group, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
4. April 2000 - September 2003, NCOIC of Operation and Training, NCOIC Standards and Evaluations and
Operations Superintendent, 820th Security Forces Group, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia
5. September 2003 - December 2006, Operations Superintendent and Squadron Superintendent, 822d Security Forces Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia
6. December 2006 - December 2007, Group Superintendent, 820th Security Forces Group, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia
7. December 2007 - May 2008, Security Forces Manager, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida
8. May 2008 - June 2009, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 505 Command and Control Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida
9. June 2009 - December 2010, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 23rd Wing, Moody AFB, Georgia
10. December 2010 - November 2011, Command Chief Master Sergeant, United States Air Forces Central
Command, Southwest Asia
11. November 2011 - present, Command Chief Master Sergeant, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, VA

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Bronze Star with Valor one oak leaf cluster
Purple Heart
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Combat Action Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
US Army Ranger, 1989 Ft Benning, Ga.
US Army Air Assault 1998 Ft Campbell, Ky.
US Army Parachutist 1999 Ft Benning, Ga.

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant - 01 Dec 2006

(Current as of Nov 2011)




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