CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT JOHN-PAUL B. BURKE
Chief Master Sergeant John-Paul B. Burke is the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, S.C. As Command Chief, he provides strategic leadership and direction to more than 1,600 enlisted personnel and is the senior enlisted advisor to the wing commander and staff on mission effectiveness, professional development, military readiness, training, utilization, and quality of life issues for all assigned enlisted personnel and also serves as their liaison to the commander. Additionally, he serves as the functional manager for wing group superintendents and first sergeants. The wing’s mission is to augment the active-duty Air Force's strategic airlift, airdrop and aeromedical evacuation forces in both peacetime and contingency operations while supporting combat operations and humanitarian relief efforts.
CMSgt Burke enlisted in the active duty Air Force in 1996 at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. He served as an Airborne Communications Technician aboard the E-8C J-STARS. While stationed at Robins AFB, the Chief deployed to Rhein Mein Air Base, Germany in support of Operation ALLIED FORCE. In 2003, he transferred to the Air Force Reserves and cross-trained into the Intelligence career field, where his extensive intelligence skills led him to serve in multiple assignments. CMSgt Burke has served overseas in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM and most recently in support of the PACOM Theater Support Package, Republic of Korea. Prior to his current assignment, he served as IMA to the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Wing, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.
2004 Airman Leadership School, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
2005 Associate of Applied Science in Information Management, Community College of the Air Force
2005 Associate of Applied Science in Communications Applications, Community College of the Air Force 2007 Combat Noncommissioned Officer Course, Balad AB, Iraq
2008 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Robins AFB, Georgia
2009 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, by correspondence
2009 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course Level One, by correspondence
2013 Senior Enlisted ISR Course, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
2013 AFRC Chief Master Sergeant Orientation Course, Robins AFB, Ga.
2017 AFRC Command Chief Master Sergeant Orientation Course, Robins AFB, Ga.
2017 Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies, American Military University
2017 Professional Managers Certification, Community College of the Air Force
2017 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course Level Two, by correspondence
2017 USAF Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course, Andrews AFB, Maryland
1. September 1997–May 1998, Airborne Communications Technician, 12th Airborne Command and Control Squadron, Robins AFB, Ga.
2. May 1998–September 2000, Airborne CST Trainer, 93rd Training Squadron, Robins AFB, Ga.
3. August 2003–May 2005, Intelligence Technician, 457th Fighter Squadron, Carswell AFB, Texas
4. May 2005–June 2010, NCOIC, Weapons Flight, 457th Fighter Squadron, Carswell AFB, Texas
5. June 2010–July 2012, NCOIC, Intelligence Flight, 301st Operations Group, Carswell AFB, Texas
6. July 2012–May 2013, Superintendent, 301st Operations Group, Carswell AFB, Texas
7. May 2013–November 2015, Chief, ISR Forces Branch, HQ Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, Ga.
8. November 2015–December 2018, IMA to Command Chief, 70th ISR Wing, Fort George G. Meade, Md
9. January 2019–Present, Command Chief, 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
Flight Hours: 532
Aircraft flown: E-8C
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Reserve Medal with three oak leaf clusters National Defense Service Medal
Kosovo Campaign Medal with bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Korean Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two Mobilization Device and hour glass NATO Medal
2006 457th Fighter Squadron Enlisted Member of the Year
2007 301st Fighter Wing Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
2008 State of Texas Airpower Council Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
2012 301st Fighter Wing Intelligence Professional of the Year
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Airman Basic September 1996
Airman March 1997
Airman First Class January 1998
Senior Airman September 1999
Staff Sergeant July 1, 2004
Technical Sergeant March 1, 2006
Master Sergeant June 1, 2010 Senior Master Sergeant July 1, 2012
Chief Master Sergeant July 1, 2014
Current as of January 2019