|CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT ROBERT A. ELLIS|
Chief Master Sergeant Robert A. Ellis is the Command Chief Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The USAFWC's mission is to shape the way our force fights through operational testing, tactics development, and advanced training in air, space, and cyberspace at the operational and tactical levels. As the senior enlisted leader, Chief Ellis serves as the primary advisor to the commander on matters concerning the mission effectiveness, readiness, training, health, welfare and morale of more than 10,000 Airmen organized into four wings and one named activity serving at 31 locations in 20 states.
Chief Ellis is from Birmingham, Ala., but grew up in Chicago, Ill. He enlisted in the Air Force on Oct. 16, 1984, and graduated from the fuels specialist course at Chanute Air Force Base, lll., in February 1985. In March 1994, he retrained into the communications-computer systems career field. Chief Ellis' background includes various duties ranging from squadron to major-command level. His stateside assignments include bases in South Dakota, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Virginia, and Colorado. The Chief also served overseas in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Japan and Turkey, with deployments in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD, ALLIED FORCE and ENDURING FREEDOM.
1987 U.S. Air Forces in Europe Noncommissioned Officer Preparatory Course, Royal Air Force Alconbury, United Kingdom
1989 Tactical Air Command Noncommissioned Officer Leadership School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
1993 Air Combat Command Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas
1996 Associate degree in fuels technology, Community College of the Air Force
1997 Associate degree in information systems technology, Community College of the Air Force
2001 Bachelor of Science Degree, University of Maryland, Information Systems Management
2003 Counseling Certificate, American Association of Christian Counselors
2003 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Gunter Air Force Base, Ala.
2005 Chiefs Leadership Course, Gunter Air Force Base, Ala.
2007 Master of Business Administration, TUI University, Cypress, Calif.
2008 USAF Senior Leadership Course, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.
2008 AFSO 21 Executive Leadership Course, The University of Tennessee, Center of Executive Education
2009 Air Force Enterprise Management Seminar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2010 Space Operations Executive Level Course, Advanced Space Operations School, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2010 USAF Gettysburg Leadership Experience, Gettysburg, Pa.
1. October 1984-December 1984, Trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
2. December 1984-February 1985, Student, Fuels Specialist Course, Chanute Air Force Base, Ill.
3. February 1985-May 1986, Bulk Storage Attendant, 44th Supply Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.
4. May 1986-May 1989, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Fuels Accounting, 10th Supply Squadron, Royal Air Force Alconbury, United Kingdom
5. June 1989-July 1992, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Fuels Accounting and Information Management and Night Shift Distribution Supervisor, 37th Supply Squadron, Tonopah Test Range, Nev.
6. July 1992-March 1994, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Fuels Control Center, 355th Supply Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
7. March 1994-June 1994, Student, Communications-Computer Systems Course, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
8. July 1994-April 1998, Chief of Base Communications Center, Chief of Small Computer Support Section, and Chief of Base Information Protection Office, 70th Communications Squadron, Brooks Air Force Base, Texas
9. April 1998-April 2001, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of System Administration and Superintendent, Northern Region Joint Operational Intelligence Cell, Regional Headquarters Allied Forces North, the Netherlands
10. May 2001-June 2002, Superintendent, Information Systems and Operations Support Flight, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan
11. June 2002-April 2005, Superintendent, Network Control Center and Superintendent, Information Systems Flight, 18th Communications Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan
12. April 2005-July 2006, Command Communications Inspection Manager, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Inspector General's office, Langley Air Force Base, Va.
13. July 2006-July 2007, Chief Enlisted Manager, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Communications Directorate, Langley Air Force Base, Va.
14. July 2007-June 2008, Superintendent, 1st Mission Support Group, Langley Air Force Base, Va.
15. June 2008-February 2010, Command Chief, 39th Air Base Wing, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey
16. February 2010-November 2011, Command Chief, 460th Space Wing, Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.
17. November 2011-Present, Command Chief, United States Air Force Warfare Center, Nellis AFB, Nev.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
1994 Honor Graduate, Communications-Computer Systems Course, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
1999 USEUCOM Senior Communications-Computer Systems Professional of the Year
2002 PACAF Senior Communications-Computer Systems Professional of the Year
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant Nov. 1, 2005
(Current as Of November 2011)