Robert Gaylor

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Robert D. Gaylor
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5th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (1977-1979)
Born (1930-05-08) May 8, 1930 (age 84)
Bellevue, Iowa
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1948–1979
Rank Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Legion of Merit

Meritorious Service Medal (3)
Air Force Commendation Medal(2)
Air Force Good Conduct Medal (9)
Army Good Conduct Medal (4)
National Defense Service Medal (2)
Vietnam Service Medal (2)
Vietnam Campaign Medal

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Robert D. Gaylor (born May 8, 1930)[1] was the fifth Chief Master Sergeant appointed to the highest enlisted position in the United States Air Force.


Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Robert D. Gaylor was adviser to Secretary of the Air Force John C. Stetson and Chiefs of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David C. Jones and Gen. Lew Allen Jr. on matters concerning welfare, effective utilization and progress of the enlisted members of the Air Force. He was the fifth chief master sergeant appointed to this ultimate noncommissioned officer position.

Chief Gaylor was born in Bellevue, Iowa; however, most of his youth was spent in Indiana. He entered the Air Force in September 1948 and was assigned to the security police career field, in which he served until 1957. In September 1957 he served as a military training instructor at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, until February 1962. He then returned to the security police field until July 1965. During Chief Gaylor's security police years, his early assignments were at James Connally Air Force Base, Texas; Laredo Air Force Base, Texas; Kunsan Air Base, Korea; Tachikawa Air Base, Japan; Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.; and Barksdale Air Force Base, La.

Chief Gaylor was an honor graduate of Class 65B of the Second Air Force Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Academy at Barksdale AFB. After graduation in April 1965 he was selected to be an instructor at the academy and taught there until it closed in April 1966. Following a security police tour at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, Chief Gaylor returned to Barksdale and assisted in reopening the SAC NCO Academy. In February 1970 he became senior enlisted adviser for Second Air Force. In July 1971 Chief Gaylor transferred to Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), where he traveled to USAFE bases teaching management techniques. In June 1972 he established the USAFE Command Management and Leadership Center, an in-residence, 60-hour course of instruction for USAFE NCOs. He continued as noncommissioned officer in charge of the center until his selection as USAFE Senior Enlisted Adviser in August 1973. In September 1974 Chief Gaylor was assigned to the Air Force Military Personnel Center, where he traveled extensively as a management and leadership instructor. He became chief master sergeant of the Air Force in 1977 and retired July 31, 1979.

After retiring from the Air Force, Gaylor taught, coached, and mentored leaders at all levels for USAA, a Fortune 500 company. In 2006, the NCO academy at Lackland AFB was named the Robert D. Gaylor NCO Academy in his honor.[2]

(Taken from U.S. Air Force Biography)[3]

Awards and decorations[edit]

SECURITY POLICE QUALIFICATION BADGE.png Security Police Qualification Badge
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edges Legion of Merit
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.
Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Presidential Unit Citation
Silver oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device and silver oak leaf cluster
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Good Conduct Medal with silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Army Good Conduct Medal with four Good Conduct Loops
Bronze star
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Medal with bronze service star
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon with bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with bronze service star
Vietnam Campaign Medal

Awarded but not worn as the CMSAF

AFPoliceBadge.jpg Air Force Security Forces Badge


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Military offices
Preceded by
Thomas N. Barnes
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
Succeeded by
James M. McCoy