Rodney J. McKinley

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Rodney J. McKinley
Rodney J. McKinley.jpg    E9d USAF CMSAF.svg
15th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (2006–2009)
Born (1956-01-17) January 17, 1956 (age 61)
Georgetown, Ohio
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1974–1977
1982–2009
Rank Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (retired)
Awards See below

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.

Overview[edit]

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.

Career[edit]

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.

Education[edit]

Assignments[edit]

  1. July 1974 - August 1974, student, basic military training, Lackland AFB, Texas
  2. August 1974 - November 1974, medical service specialist technical training, Sheppard AFB, Texas
  3. November 1974 - August 1977, emergency room technician, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
  4. August 1977 - April 1982, separated from the Air Force
  5. April 1982 - June 1982, aircraft maintenance technology technical training, Sheppard AFB, Texas
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. June 1991 - June 1992, First Sergeant, 354th Communications and Services squadrons, Myrtle Beach AFB, SC
  9. June 1992 - January 1994, First Sergeant, 401st Munitions Support Squadron, Ghedi AB, Italy
  10. 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
  11. July 2000 - July 2001, First Sergeant, 723rd Air Mobility Squadron, Ramstein AB, Germany
  12. August 2001 - September 2002, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein AB, Germany
  13. 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)
  14. June 2004 - March 2005, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 11th Air Force, Elmendorf AFB, AK
  15. March 2005 - June 2006, Command Chief Master Sergeant, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, HI
  16. June 2006 - June 2009, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Awards and decorations[edit]

USAF - Master Maintenance Badge.png Master Maintenance Badge
Headquarters US Air Force Badge.png Headquarters Air Force Badge
Personal decorations
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edges Legion of Merit
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges. Bronze Star Medal
Silver oak leaf cluster
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 silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Unit awards
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
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Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device, silver, and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (Ninth award requires second ribbon due to spacing of accouterments)
Service awards
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
Air Force Good Conduct Medal (Tenth award requires second ribbon due to spacing of accouterments)
Campaign and service medals
Bronze star
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 two bronze service stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Width-44 ribbon with the following stripes, arranged symmetrically from the edges to the center: width-2 black, width-4 chamois, width-2 Old Glory blue, width-2 white, width-2 Old Glory red, width-6 chamouis, width-3 myrtle green up to a central width-2 black stripe
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Bronze star
Humanitarian Service Medal with bronze service star
Service, training, and marksmanship awards
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold frame
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon

Other achievements[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Promotions
Rank Date
E9d USAF CMSAF.svg Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force June 30, 2006

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/107955/chief-master-sergeant-of-the-air-force-rodney-j-mckinley.aspx".

Military offices
Preceded by
Gerald R. Murray
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
2006–2009
Succeeded by
James A. Roy