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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
Air Force 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 Dec. 1, 2012

(Current as of June 2017)