CHIEF MASTER SGT. WILLIAM D. ADAMS III

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Chief Master Sergeant William D. Adams III serves as the Command Chief, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. He is the primary advisor to the wing commander on matters affecting mission readiness through morale, quality of life, utilization, health and welfare of the wings enlisted forces. With approximately 5,700 active duty military members and civilians, the wing conducts and supports air combat operations. The wing's mission is driven by two combat-ready F-15E Strike Eagle fighter squadrons and two training fighter squadrons.

CMSgt Adams was raised as a U.S. Army dependent in locations around the world. He entered the Air Force in September 1991 and completed the USAF Combat Control training pipeline in March 1993. His background includes various joint leadership positions in the Air Force and Special operations community. He has participated in numerous combat deployments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa and other sensitive areas around the globe. Prior to his current position, Chief Adams was the Group Superintendent of the 720th Special Tactics Group, Hurlburt Field, Florida. His qualifications include, Master Static Line Parachutist, Master Military Freefall Parachutist, and Combat Diver.

EDUCATION 
 

1997 USAF Airman Leadership School, Pope AFB, N.C.

2003 USAF NCO Academy (Commandant/Leadership Award), Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. 

2003 Associate in Airway Sciences, Community College of the Air Force. 

2005 Associate in Instructor of Technical Teaching, Community College of the Air Force. 

2007 USAF Senior NCO Academy (Non-Residence), Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. 

2008 National Occupational Instructor/Teaching Certification 

2009 Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Leadership Award), Newport Naval Station, R.I. 

2014 Professional Manager Certification 

2014 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education – SEJPME Course (Non-Residence) 

2015 Joint Special Operations University Summit Course (SOCOM), MacDill AFB, Fla. 

2016 Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas

2016 Senior Enlisted Legal Orientation, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2016 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC Chapel Hill, N.C.

ASSIGNMENTS 

1. 1991-1993, Combat Control Apprentice Pipeline Student 

2. 1993-1996, Combat Control Craftsman, 314th Combat Control SQ, Little Rock AFB, Ark. 

3. 1996-2002, Flight Element Leader, 21st Special Tactics SQ, Pope AFB, N.C.

4. 2002-2004, Chief of Standards-Evaluations, 21st Special Tactics SQ, Pope AFB, N.C.

5. 2004-2008, Instructor/Superintendent of Operations, Combat Control School (AETC), Pope AFB, N.C. 

6. 2008-2011, Superintendent of Operations, 321st Special Tactics SQ, Royal AB Mildenhall, United Kingdom.

7. 2011-2015, Special Operations Training Pipeline Manager / MAJCOM Functional Manager, Headquarters Air Education
and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas

8. 2015-2016, Squadron Superintendent, 720th Operations Support SQ, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

9. Feb - Aug 2016, Senior Enlisted Leader, Combined Joint Special Operations Component-Afghanistan, Bagram Air Base,
Afghanistan

10. 2016-2017, Group Superintendent, 720th Special Tactics Group, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

11. 2017-Present, Command Chief, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device 

Defense Meritorious Service Medal 

Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters   

Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster   

Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters 

Joint Service Achievement Medal 

Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters 

Army Achievement Medal 

Air Force Combat Action Medal 

Distinguished/Presidential Unit Citation 

Gallant Unit Citation 

Combat Readiness Medal with one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters 

AF Good Conduct Medal with one silver oak leaf and two bronze oak leaf clusters 

National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star  

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one bronze star   

Southwest Asia Service Medal with one bronze star 

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two bronze stars 

Iraq Campaign Medal with one bronze star   

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with one bronze star 

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal   

Humanitarian Service Medal  

Air & Space Campaign Medal 

NATO Medal with one bronze star

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
 

1996 AMC Combat Control Airman of the Year 

1998 Pope Air Force Base Airman of the Year 

1999 Pope Air Force Base NCO of the Year 

2001 USAF Mackay Trophy Recipient 

2003 USAF NCO Academy Commandant/Leadership Award  

2003 Pope Air Force Base NCO of the Year 

2008 AETC Combat Control SNCO of the Year 

2009 Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Leadership Award 

2010 352 Special Operations Group SNCO of the Year 

2011 Air Force Combat Control SNCO of the Year

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION 

Chief Master Sergeant 1 Dec 2012 


(Current as of June 2017)