Chief Master Sergeant DARREN MCMULLEN

Chief Master Sgt. Darren D. McMullen is the eighth Command Chief Master Sergeant, 186th Air Refueling Wing, Key Field Air National Guard Base, Meridian, Mississippi. He represents the highest level of enlisted leadership for the wing and is an advisor to the Wing Commander.  In this role, he is directly responsible for matters affecting morale, wellness, readiness, training, health, welfare, quality of life, professional development and proper utilization for the Wing’s 900 plus Air Guard members.


Chief McMullen entered the United States Air Force in August 1986.   Upon completion of technical training school, he served as a crew chief on the A-10A aircraft. In February 1989, the Chief then palace chased to the Mississippi Air National Guard as an RF-4C aircraft maintenance operations controller. In May 2004, he was hired into the technician program as a KC-135R aircraft crew chief.   In November 2013, he was appointed as flight chief for the 186th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron where he was responsible to the Superintendent for the overall readiness of 54 Aircraft Maintenance personnel and the successful employment of 8 KC-135R aircraft for conventional and nuclear missions . He has also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Freedom Sentinel.     


Prior to assuming his current position, Chief McMullen served as the 186th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Superintendent, Key Field Air National Guard Base, Meridian, Mississippi.



1986     Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Specialist Training, Shepard AFB, TX

1986     A-10 Aircraft Maintenance Specialist Training, England AFB, LA

1987     A-10 AMQP Able Chief Training, England AFB, LA

1989     Aircraft Battle Damage Repair Technician, England AFB, LA

1992     KC-135R Crossover Course, Key Field Air National Guard Base, MS

2007     Noncommissioned Officer Academy (Correspondence)

2013     USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (Correspondence)

2016     Aircraft Maintenance Technology, Community College of the Air Force, AL

2019     Nuclear Leadership Core Course, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico


1. Aug 1986 – October 1986: Student, Basic Training; Lackland Air Force Base, Texas

2. October 1986 – November 1986: Student, Aircraft Maintenance Specialist; Shepard AFB, Texas

3. November 1986 – December 1986: Student, Aircraft Maintenance Specialist A-10; England AFB, Louisiana

4. December 1986 – February 1989: A-10 Crew Chief; England AFB, Louisiana

5. February 1989 – November 1995: Production Controller (KC-135R); Key Field ANGB, Mississippi

6. March 2002 – November 2013: KC-135R Crew Chief; Key Field ANGB, Mississippi

7. November 2013 – January 2017: Flight Chief 186 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron; Key Field ANGB, Mississippi

8. January 2017 – Present:  Superintendent 186 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron; Key Field ANGB, Mississippi



Air Force Meritorious Service Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Good Conduct Medal    

Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters

National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal  

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal    

Humanitarian Service Medal    

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border with oak leaf cluster

AF Longevity Service with five oak leaf clusters

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two ‘M' Devices with oak leaf cluster

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle)  

Air Force Training Ribbon



Mississippi Medal of Efficiency

Mississippi War Medal

Mississippi Emergency Service Medal

Mississippi Service School Medal

Mississippi Longevity Medal with one device

2018 Tanker Nuclear Action Council Chair, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, IL



National Guard Association of the United States

National Guard Association of Mississippi


Airman Basic August 5, 1986

Airman February 4, 1987

Airman First Class August 3, 1987

Senior Airman February 2, 1988

Staff Sergeant February 7, 2002

Technical Sergeant December 2, 2002

Master Sergeant September 11, 2010

Senior Master Sergeant August 2, 2014

Chief Master Sergeant January 7, 2017

Command Chief Master Sergeant October 4, 2020


(Current as of September 2020)