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CMSgt CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT JUSTIN W. STRAIN

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Chief Master Sergeant Justin Strain is the Command Chief for the 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. The Wing is responsible for providing worldwide deployable C-130 aircraft, aircrews, support personnel, and equipment for Air Mobility Command and Air Expeditionary Force tasking’s while serving more than 10,000 personnel and families in the Little Rock community. Chief Strain advises commanders and staff on mission effectiveness, professional development, military readiness, training, utilization, health, morale, and welfare of the Wing’s enlisted Airmen and takes action to address shortfalls and challenges. He provides leadership to the enlisted force and is the functional manager for group superintendents and first sergeants within the Wing.

Chief Strain entered the Air Force in September 1993.  Since that time 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 3,300 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, Texas
2. Sep 97 - Jul 99, C-130H Loadmaster, Dyess AFB Texas
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, South Carolina
5. Jun 05 - Mar 07, Senior Loadmaster Evaluator C-17A, 14th AS, Charleston AFB, South Carolina
6. Apr 07 - Mar 09, Operation Flight Superintendent, Eval LM, 14th AS, Charleston AFB, South Carolina
7. Apr 09 - Jul 10, Command Career Enl Aviator Pipeline Training Manager, Randolph AFB, Texas
8. Jul 10 - Jun 13, Command Loadmaster Functional Area Manager, Randolph AFB, Texas
9. Jun 13 - Feb 15, Superintendent 97th OSS, C-17A FTU Instr Loadmaster, Altus AFB, Oklahoma

10. Mar 15 - Jan 17, Group Superintendent, 97th Operations Group, Altus AFB, Oklahoma
11. Jan 17 - Aug 18, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 314th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas

12. Aug 18 – Present, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Chief Enlisted Aircrew Member

Aircraft Flown: C-130E/H, C-17A

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 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

Chief Master Sergeant     February 2015

(Current as of August 2018)