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CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT JUSTIN W. STRAIN

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Chief Master Sergeant Justin Strain is the Command Chief Master Sergeant, 314th Airlift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. He is responsible to the commander for the morale, welfare, professional development, and combat readiness of the wing’s 1,200 Airmen and 1,800 aircrew students.

The wing’s mission is to train C-130 aircrew members from across the Department of Defense, Coast Guard, and 47 partner nations. The wing flies more than 15,600 hours annually and uses $22 million in equipment, 2 local drop zones, 2 local assault strips, 10 regional airfields, and 80 flight simulators/training devices.

In concert with the 19th Airlift Wing, 189th Airlift Wing (Arkansas Air National Guard), USAF Mobility Weapons School, and 22nd Air Force, Detachment 1, Chief Strain assists the commander with oversight of the nation’s “Center of Excellence” for tactical airlift. He has deployed in support of Operations NORTHERN/SOUTHERN WATCH, PROVIDE PROMISE/HOPE, JOINT GUARDIAN, JOINT FORGE, ENDURING/IRAQI FREEDOM, and NEW DAWN as well as numerous humanitarian operations. Chief Strain has over 3300 flying hours in the C-130 E/H and C-17A.

EDUCATION

1999 Airman Leadership School, Dyess AFB, TX
2004 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Robins AFB, Georgia
2006 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy by correspondence
2007 Senior Enlisted Joint Military Education by correspondence
2008 CCAF, Aircrew Operations
2009 US Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Navy War College, RI
2014 CCAF, Instructor of Military Sciences

ASSIGNMENTS
1. Nov 93 - Aug 97, Pick Up and Delivery Driver 7th Supply Sq, Dyess AFB, TX
2. Sep 97 - Jul 99, C-130H Loadmaster, Dyess AFB TX
3. Aug 99 - Jul 03, C-130E AWADS, Evaluator Loadmaster, Ramstein AB, Germany
4. Jul 03 - May 05, Instr Loadmaster, C-17A NCOIC Scheduling,14th AS, Charleston AFB, SC
5. Jun 05 -  Mar 07, Senior Loadmaster Evaluator C-17A, 14th AS, Charleston AFB, SC
6. Apr 07 - Mar 09, Operation Flight Superintendent, Eval LM, 14th AS, Charleston AFB, SC
7. Apr 09 - Jul 10, Command Career Enl Aviator Pipeline Training Mngr, Randolph AFB, TX
8. Jul 10 - Jun 13, Command Loadmaster Functional Area Manager, Randolph AFB, TX
9. Jun 13 - Feb 15, Superintendent 97th OSS, C-17A FTU Instr Loadmaster, Altus AFB, OK
10. Mar 15 - Jan 17, Group Superintendent, 97 Operations Group, Altus AFB, OK
11. Jan 17 - Present, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 314 AW, Little Rock AFB, AR

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with 1 oak leaf clusters

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
2011 HQ AETC A2/3/10 SNCO of the Quarter
2011 HQ AETC Henry “Red” Erwin Nominee
2009 US Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Dean’s List
2008 437th Operations Group SNCO of the Year
2006 Noncommissioned Officer Academy Distinguished Graduate

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Airman Basic                  27 Sep 1993
Airman                            27 Mar 1994
Airman First Class          27 Mar 1995
Senior Airman                 27 Sep1996
Staff Sergeant                  1 Apr 2000
Technical Sergeant          1 Jul 2003
Master Sergeant              1 Jun 2007
Senior Master Sergeant   1 Mar 2010
Chief Master Sergeant     1 Feb 2015

(Current as of February 2017)