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CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT RONALD HARPER

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Chief Master Sergeant Ronald Harper is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana. He is the primary advisor to the commander on matters concerning the readiness, training, morale, health, welfare, effective utilization and discipline for nearly 4,000 military members who support the nation’s nuclear surety objectives by operating, maintaining, and securing 150 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launch facilities. The wing operates and maintains 15 missile alert facilities located in a 13,800 square-mile complex.

Chief Harper grew up in Vardaman, Mississippi and enlisted in the Air Force in 19 July 1993. Since graduating technical training as a Communications-Computer Operations Specialist, his background includes various duties in the communications career field. He also had the honor of being the first sergeant for a communications, civil engineer
and aircraft maintenance squadron. His assignments include Oklahoma, California, South Korea, Florida, Belgium, Virginia, Japan, Hawaii and Texas. He also deployed in support of Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, Operation PROVIDE COMFORT, Operation NORTHERN WATCH and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Prior to assuming his current position, he was the 47th Mission Support Group Superintendent at Laughlin AFB, Texas.

EDUCATION:
1998 Air Force Airman Leadership School, McClellan AFB, CA
1999 Associate Degree, Information Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force
2004 Bachelor of Science Degree, Computer Science, Troy State University, AL (Magna Cum Laude) 2004 Air Force Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Tyndall AFB, FL
2008 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Enlisted I Course, Non-Residence 2008 Air Force First Sergeant Academy, Maxwell AFB, Gunter Annex, AL
2009 Associate Degree, Human Resource Management, Community College of the Air Force 2010 Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell Gunter Annex, AL 2012 Professional Manager Certification, Community College of the Air Force
2017 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Enlisted II Course, Non-Residence 2017 Command Chief Master Sergeant Candidate Training Course, JB Andrews, MD
2018 Senior Enlisted Legal Orientation, The Judge Advocate General’s School, Maxwell AFB, AL

ASSIGNMENTS:
1. July 1993 - August 1993, Trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, TX
2. August 1993 - October 1993, Student, Communication-Computer Operator Course, Keesler AFB, MS
3. October 1993 - March 1995, Communication-Computer Teletype Operator, 34th Combat Communications Squadron, Tinker AFB, OK
(Deployed Sep 1994 - Dec 1994, Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, Haiti)
4. March 1995 - June 1996, Small Computer Resource Manager, 752nd Computer Systems Squadron, Tinker AFB, OK
5. June 1996 - June 1998, Communications Security Operations Specialist, 752nd Computer Systems Squadron, Tinker AFB, OK
(Deployed Dec 1996 - Feb 1997, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, Prince Sultan AB, Saudi Arabia) (Deployed Jun 1997 - Aug 1997, Operation NORTHERN WATCH, Incirlik AB, Turkey)
(Deployed Nov 1997 - Jan 1998, Howard AFB, Panama)
6. June 1998 - September 1999, Systems Administrator, Tech Operations Division, McClellan AFB, CA
7. September 1999 - May 2001, Shift Supervisor, Base Communications Center, 77th Communications Squadron, McClellan AFB, CA
8. May 2001 - May 2002, C2 Systems Administrator, 51st Communications Squadron, Osan AB, ROK
9. May 2002 - June 2005, NCOIC, Classified Network Administration, 96th Communications Squadron, Eglin AFB, FL
10. June 2005 - June 2008, NCOIC, Network Administration, NCSA-NITC, Supreme HQ Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Mons, Belgium
11. June 2008 - October 2009, First Sergeant, 82nd Communications Support Squadron, Langley AFB, VA (Deployed May 2009 - Sep 2009, 386th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, Operations IRAQ and ENDURING FREEDOM, Ali Al Salem AB, Kuwait)
12. October 2009 - June 2011, First Sergeant, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron, Langley AFB, VA
13. June 2011 - June 2012, First Sergeant, 51st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
14. June 2012 - September 2013, Superintendent, Logistics Support Flight, 390th Intelligence Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan
15. September 2013 - September 2015, Superintendent, 607th Support Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
16. September 2015 - February 2017, Superintendent, 747th Communications Squadron, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI
17. February 2017 - November 2019, Superintendent, 47th Mission Support Group, Laughlin AFB, TX
(November 2018 - February 2019, Interim Command Chief, 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB, TX)
18. November 2019 - Present, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, MT

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS:
1997 Airman of the Year, 752nd Computer Systems Squadron, Tinker AFB, OK 1998 John L. Levitow Award, Airman Leadership School, McClellan AFB, CA
2003 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, 96th Communications Group, Eglin AFB, FL 2004 Distinguish Graduate, Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Tyndall AFB, FL
2006 SNCO of the Year, NCIS Agency, Supreme HQ Allied Powers Europe, Mons, Belgium
2007 SNCO of the Year, Supreme HQ Allied Powers Europe, Mons, Belgium 2007 NATO 12 OAY Nominee
2008 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award Nominee, Supreme HQ Allied Powers Europe, Mons, Belgium 2009 First Sergeant of the Year, Langley AFB, VA

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Chief Master Sergeant - 1 September 2013

(Current as of October 2019)

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