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COMMAND CHIEF JUSTIN 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

  • Nov 93 - Aug 97, Pick Up and Delivery Driver 7th Supply Sq, Dyess AFB, Texas
  • Sep 97 - Jul 99, C-130H Loadmaster, Dyess AFB Texas
  • Aug 99 - Jul 03, C-130E AWADS, Evaluator Loadmaster, Ramstein AB, Germany
  • Jul 03 - May 05, Instr Loadmaster, C-17A NCOIC Scheduling,14th AS, Charleston AFB, South Carolina
  • Jun 05 - Mar 07, Senior Loadmaster Evaluator C-17A, 14th AS, Charleston AFB, South Carolina
  • Apr 07 - Mar 09, Operation Flight Superintendent, Eval LM, 14th AS, Charleston AFB, South Carolina
  • Apr 09 - Jul 10, Command Career Enl Aviator Pipeline Training Manager, Randolph AFB, Texas
  • Jul 10 - Jun 13, Command Loadmaster Functional Area Manager, Randolph AFB, Texas
  • Jun 13 - Feb 15, Superintendent 97th OSS, C-17A FTU Instr Loadmaster, Altus AFB, Oklahoma
  • Mar 15 - Jan 17, Group Superintendent, 97th Operations Group, Altus AFB, Oklahoma
  • Jan 17 - Aug 18, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 314th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
  • 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)