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CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT RAUL VILLARREAL, JR.

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Chief Master Sergeant Raul Villarreal, Jr. is the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 57th Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. In this role, he advises the wing commander on the employment of 4,500 personnel in 37 squadrons at 11 installations. He is responsible for readiness, training, morale, welfare, personal and professional growth and member utilization in the Air Force’s most diverse flying wing. The wing flies more than 130 aircraft and is comprised of the 57th Operations Group, the 57th Maintenance Group and the U.S. Air Force Weapons School. Additionally, the wing is responsible for the U.S. Air Force Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Operations School, the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, and Red and Green Flag Exercises.
 
Chief Villarreal entered the Air Force in February of 1993. He has served in a variety of positions at the squadron, detachment, and major command levels. His assignments include locations in North Carolina, Arizona, Virginia and Nevada. Chief Villarreal has also served overseas in Japan and deployed on multiple occasions to various locations in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, ALLIED FORCE, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM.
 
EDUCATION
1997 Airman Leadership School, Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina
1998 Associate Degree, Avionics Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force
2005 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, McGhee-Tyson ANG, Tennessee
2007 Associate Degree, Instructor of Technology and Military Science, Community College of the Air Force
2007 Additional Duty First Sergeant Course, Luke AFB, Arizona
2007 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Correspondence Course
2008 Instructor Certification Level II, Community College of the Air Force
2010 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2011 Community College of the Air Force Professional Management Certification #770
2011 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Occupational Education, Wayland Baptist University
2016 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Correspondence Course II
2019 Senior Enlisted Legal Orientation Course, The Judge Advocate General School
2020 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler School of Business, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
 
ASSIGNMENTS
1. February 1993 - April 1993, Trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
2. April 1993 - November 1993, Student, F-15 Avionics Test Station and Components, Lowry AFB, Colorado
3. December 1993 - December 1995, F-15C/D Integrated Avionics Team Member, 18th Maintenance Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan
4. January 1996 - March 1999, F-15E Team Member, 4th Component Repair Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina
(June 1997 – September 1997, F-15E Team Member, 363th Air Expeditionary Wing, Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia)
5. April 1999 - September 2002, F-15E Team Leader, 4th Component Maintenance Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina
(May 2001 – June 2001, F-15E Team Leader, RAF Lakenheath, England)
6. October 2002 - May 2006, F-15E Production Supervisor, 4th Component Maintenance Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina
(September 2003 - January 2004, F-15E Production Supervisor, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar)
7. April 2006 - June 2011, Commandant, John J. Rhodes Airman Leadership School, 56th Force Support Squadron, Luke AFB, Arizona
8. July 2011 – July 2013, F-15 and F-16 Avionics Manager, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Directorate of Logistics, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia
9. August 2013 – April 2014, Superintendent, 56 MXG Staff/Maintenance Operations, Luke AFB, Arizona
10. May 2014 – November 2014, Superintendent, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Luke AFB, Arizona
11. December 2014 – March 2016, Superintendent, 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Misawa Air Base, Japan
12. March 2016 – November 2016, Superintendent, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Misawa Air Base, Japan
13. December 2016 – July 2018, Superintendent, 57th Maintenance Group, 57th Wing, Nellis AFB, Nevada
14. July 2018 – December 2019, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 14th Flying Training Wing, Columbus AFB, Mississippi
15. January 2020 – Present, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 57th Wing, Nellis AFB, Nevada
 
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with five oak leaf clusters and Valor Device
National Defense Service Medal with service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
 
OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
2001 Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, 4th Component Maintenance Squadron
2003 Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, 4th Fighter Wing
2003 Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Award, 4th Fighter Wing
2004 Tuskegee Airman SMSgt Margaret Francis Barbour Military Award Finalist
2005 John L. Levitow Award, Non-Commissioned Officer Academy
2008 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, 56th Mission Support Squadron
2009 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, 56th Force Support Squadron
2011 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, ACC/A4, Combat Aircraft Division
 
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant – 1 November 2013
(Current as of October 2020)