Rodney J. McKinley
|Rodney J. McKinley|
15th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (2006–2009)
January 17, 1956 |
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1974–1977
|Rank||Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (retired)|
Rodney J. McKinley (born January 17, 1956) was an airman who served a total of 30 combined years in the United States Air Force, eventually rising to become the 15th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.
McKinley represented the highest enlisted level of leadership, and as such, provided direction for the enlisted corps and represents their interests, as appropriate, to the American public, and to those in all levels of government. He served 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. McKinley was the 15th Chief Master Sergeant appointed to the highest non-commissioned officer position.
McKinley grew up in Mt. Orab, Ohio. He originally entered the Air Force in 1974, took a break in service in 1977 to attend college, and re-entered the Air Force in 1982. His background includes various duties in medical and aircraft maintenance, and as a first sergeant and Command Chief Master Sergeant at wing, numbered air force and major command levels. His assignments include bases in North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Alaska and Hawaii. He also served overseas in the Philippines, Italy and Germany, and deployed to Southwest Asia in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Before assuming his CMSAF position, he served as Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Pacific Air Forces at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. He was appointed to the position of Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force on June 30, 2006. McKinley would retire from this position in June 2009, after serving in the United States Air Force for over 30 years. From then to November 2012, he was Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at MicroTech, a privately held information technology services company.
- 1984 Tactical Air Command NCO Leadership School, Myrtle Beach AFB, South Carolina
- 1986 Associate of Arts degree, Saint Leo College, Saint Leo, Florida
- 1986 Associate of Applied Science degree in aircraft maintenance technology, Community College of the Air Force
- 1986 Bachelor of Arts degree in human resources management, Saint Leo College, Saint Leo, Florida
- 1987 Tactical Air Command NCO Academy, Tyndall AFB, Florida
- 1991 USAF First Sergeant Academy, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
- 1997 USAF Senior NCO Academy, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
- 1998 Associate of Applied Science degree in personnel management, Community College of the Air Force
- 1999 Master of Human Relations degree, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
- 2004 USAF Senior Leadership Course, Center for Creative Leadership, San Diego
- 2004 USAF Senior Leadership Course, Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania
- 2006 Keystone Course, National Defense University, Suffolk, Virginia
- 2007 Air Force Enterprise Management Seminar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- July 1974 - August 1974, student, basic military training, Lackland AFB, Texas
- August 1974 - November 1974, medical service specialist technical training, Sheppard AFB, Texas
- November 1974 - August 1977, emergency room technician, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
- August 1977 - April 1982, separated from the Air Force
- April 1982 - June 1982, aircraft maintenance technology technical training, Sheppard AFB, Texas
- June 1982 - June 1987, phase dock inspector, maintenance instructor, quality assurance inspector, noncommissioned officer in charge of aircraft weight and balance and functional check flights, 354th Tactical Fighter Wing, Myrtle Beach AFB, SC
- June 1987 - June 1991, dedicated crew chief, quality assurance inspector, noncommissioned officer in charge aircraft weight and balance and functional check flights, chief inspector of quality assurance, 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Clark Air Base, Philippines
- June 1991 - June 1992, First Sergeant, 354th Communications and Services squadrons, Myrtle Beach AFB, SC
- June 1992 - January 1994, First Sergeant, 401st Munitions Support Squadron, Ghedi AB, Italy
- January 1994 - July 2000, First Sergeant, 3rd Combat Communications Support Squadron, 965th Airborne Air Control Squadron, 552nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron, and 552nd Aircraft Generation Squadron, Tinker AFB, OK
- July 2000 - July 2001, First Sergeant, 723rd Air Mobility Squadron, Ramstein AB, Germany
- August 2001 - September 2002, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein AB, Germany
- September 2002 - June 2004, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 1st Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, VA (February 2003 - June 2003, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia)
- June 2004 - March 2005, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 11th Air Force, Elmendorf AFB, AK
- March 2005 - June 2006, Command Chief Master Sergeant, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, HI
- June 2006 - June 2009, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Awards and decorations
|Master Maintenance Badge|
|Headquarters Air Force Badge|
- 1984 John Levitow and Esprit de Corps winner, NCO Leadership School
- 1985 Maintenance Professional of the Year for Quality Assurance, 354th Tactical Fighter Wing
- 1990 Maintenance Professional of the Year, 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing
- 1994 First Sergeant of the Year, 3rd Combat Communications Group
- 1994 First Sergeant of the Year, 12th Air Force
- 1996 First Sergeant of the Year, 552nd Air Control Wing
- 1996 First Sergeant of the Year, Tinker AFB, Okla.
Effective dates of promotion
|Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force||June 30, 2006|
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