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Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

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The Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF) represents the highest enlisted level of leadership in the United States Air Force, and as such, provides direction for the enlisted corps and represents their interests, as appropriate, to the American public, and to those in all levels of government. He serves as the personal adviser to the Chief of Staff and the Secretary of the Air Force on all issues regarding the welfare, readiness, morale, and proper utilization and progress of the enlisted force.

The current Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force is Gerald R. Murray. He was appointed to the position of Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force on July 1, 2002. Chief Murray is the 14th chief master sergeant appointed to the highest noncommissioned officer position.

On November 1, 2004, the CMSAF insignia was updated to include the Great Seal of the United States of America and two stars in the upper field. The laurel wreath around the star in the lower field remained unchanged to retain the legacy of the Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force.


Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Tenure
Paul W. Airey Apr. 1967 - Jul. 1969
Donald L. Harlow Aug. 1969 - Sep. 1971
Richard D. Kisling Oct. 1971 - Sep. 1973
Thomas N. Barnes Oct. 1973 - Nov. 1977
Robert D. Gaylor Aug. 1977 - Jul. 1979
James M. McCoy Aug. 1979 - Jul. 1981
Arthur L. Andrews Aug. 1981 - Nov. 1983
Sam E. Parish Aug. 1983 - Jun. 1986
James C. Binnicker Jul. 1986 - Jul. 1990
Gary R. Pfingston Aug. 1990 - Oct. 1994
David J. Campanale Oct. 1994 - Nov. 1996
Eric W. Benken Nov. 1996 - Jul. 1999
Frederick J. Finch Jul. 1999 - Jul. 2001
Gerald R. Murray Jul. 2002 - present

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