Chief Master Sergeant CHARLES W. SMITH

Chief Master Sergeant Charles W. Smith is the Command Chief of the 186th Air Refueling Wing, Mississippi Air National Guard, Key Field, Meridian, Mississippi.  Chief Smith is responsible for reviewing promotion, retention, and assignment policy affecting over 800 wing enlisted personnel; acting as the functional manager and administrator for all wing first sergeants; monitoring Professional Military Education participation and encouraging timely enrollment and completion; and identifying issues affecting wing enlisted personnel and recommending action directly to the wing commander.  Chief Smith also serves as the 153rd Air Refueling Squadron Inflight Refueling Program Manager.


Chief Master Sergeant Smith was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He enlisted in the Mississippi Air National Guard on March 8, 1979.  After completion of a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mississippi State University in December 1983, Chief Smith was hired as an Electronic Warfare Technician with the 186th Tactical Reconnaissance Group in October 1984.  Upon unit conversion to the KC-135R, Chief Smith trained as an Inflight Refueling Specialist at Castle Air Force Base, California in December 1991.  In October 1993 he returned to Castle Air Force Base to complete the Central Flight Instructor Course, and was assigned as the Wing Standards and Evaluations Inflight Refueling Senior Evaluator in December 1993.  Chief Smith has also worked as a Wing Scheduler, Current Operations Planner, and Chief Enlisted Inflight Refueling instructor in the 153rd Air Refueling Squadron Training Flight.  He has participated in Operations ICELAND ALERT, DENY FLIGHT, ALLIED FORCE, JOINT GUARD, NORTHERN WATCH, NOBLE EAGLE, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and PROJECT LIBERTY.  In 2009, while continuing to maintain mission ready qualification in the KC-135R, Chief Smith was instrumental in standing up the Air Force's initial MC-12 Manned Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance training squadron at Key Field as an instructor sensor operator.  He continued to instruct in both the KC-135R and  MC-12W until both aircraft departed Key Field in 2011.  Upon unit conversion to the C-27J aircraft, Chief Smith completed Initial and Instructor Loadmaster Qualification training at Robbins Air Force Base, Georgia in August 2011.  He maintained Mission ready status in the C-27J until the unit again converted to the KC-135R in October 2013, at which time Chief Smith re-qualified as an inflight refueler in the KC-135R.



1980       Electronic Warfare Systems Specialist Course, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi

1981       Noncommissioned Officer Orientation Course, Non-Residence

1983       Bachelor of Science in Landscape Contracting, Mississippi State University

1985       Supervisory Development Course, Non-Residence

1986       Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Non-Residence

1992       Combat Crew Training Course, KC-135, Castle Air Force Base, California

1992       Combat Survival Training Course, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington

1992       Water Survival, Non-Parachuting Course, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington

1993       Central flight Instructor Course Inflight Refueling Operator, Castle Air Force base, California

2005       United States Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Non-Residence

2009       MC-12W Initial Sensor Operator Course, Reno Air National Guard Base, Nevada             

2010       Basic Loadmaster Course, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas

2011       C-27J Initial Loadmaster Course, Robbins Air Force Base, Georgia

2011       C-27J Instructor Loadmaster Course, Robbins Air Force Base, Georgia

2012       Airdrop Load Inspector Certification Course, Fort Lee, Virginia



March 1979 - December 1991, 186th Tactical reconnaissance Group, Electronic Warfare Specialist

January 1992 - May 2011, 186th Air Refueling Wing, KC-135R In-flight Refueling Instructor

July 2009 - May 2011, MC-12 Sensor Operator Instructor

May 2011 - October 2012, 186th Operations Group, C-27J Loadmaster

October 2012 - October 2013, 186th Air Refueling Wing, C-27J Loadmaster Program Manager

October 2013 - Present, 186th Air Refueling Wing, KC-135R inflight Refueling Program Manager

February 2014 - Present, 186th Air Refueling Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant



Meritorious Service Medal

Air Medal, 5 devices

Aerial Achievement Medal, 3 devices

Air Force Commendation Medal, 1 device

Air Force Achievement Medal, 2 devices

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, 2 devices

Combat Readiness Medal, 3 devices

Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, 9 devices

National Defense Service Medal, 1 device

Kosovo Campaign Medal, 2 devices

Afghanistan Campaign Medal, 1 device

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Armed Forces Service Medal, 1 device

Humanitarian Service Medal

Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short, 1 device

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border, 1 device

Air Force Longevity Service, 4 devices

Armed Forces Reserve Medal, 2 devices

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle)

Air Force Training Ribbon



Mississippi Magnolia Medal

Mississippi Medal of Efficiency

Mississippi War Medal, 1 device

Mississippi Emergency Service Medal



Air Force Sergeants Association

Air Force Association

Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States, Life Member

Mississippi Non-Commissioned Officers Association, Life Member



Instructor: KC-135R Inflight Refueler, C-27J Loadmaster, MC-12W Sensor Operator

Evaluator: KC-135R Inflight Refueler, C-27J Loadmaster

Flight Hours: More Than 7,000

Aircraft Flown: KC-135R, C-27J, MC-12W, C-130H



Chief Master Sergeant                June 2013


(Current as of May 2014)