AFA Honors the 50th Anniversary of the CMSAF
This year, the Air Force Association honored the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the office of Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF), a role the Air Force Association played an influential part in helping to create. The first CMSAF was appointed in 1967, 20 years after the creation of the US Air Force as an independent military branch.
Following a series of initiatives intended to increase retention and quality of life for our enlisted force, the Air Force Association advocated to congress for the position. The Air Force then established the office of the CMSAF to allow enlisted personnel to freely express their opinions and recommendations on matters ranging from mission effectiveness to personnel concerns.
On April 3, 1967, Chief Master Sergeant Paul Airey was appointed as the first Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. Now, 50 years and 18 CMSAFs later, AFA salutes the tremendous impact and commitment to service the 18 individuals who have held this position have had.
At AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference, AFA held a special tribute panel featuring former CMSAFs including Chief Eric Benken, Chief Jim Finch, Chief Gerald Murray and Chief Jim Roy and honored all 18 CMSAFs, including our current CMSAF Kaleth Wright, by presenting custom medals commemorating the momentous milestone. The medals symbolized 50 years of distinguished and inspirational service to those who serve on the front lines every day.