Chief Master Sgt. Christopher R. Jones is a group superintendent with the 182nd Mission Support Group in Peoria, Ill. He serves as the principal advisor to the group commander on matters of health, welfare and morale, professional development and the effective utilization of the more than 550 enlisted personnel assigned to the group.
Chief Jones began his military career in 1996 by enlisting in the Illinois Air National Guard as a security policeman. He was selected to attend the rigorous Air Mobility Command Phoenix Raven Qualification Course in 2001, subsequently becoming a subject matter expert on tactical and operational force protection in high terrorist and criminal threat conditions. During the course of his career, Chief Jones has completed more than 20 Phoenix Raven missions and six deployments, to include mobilizations to Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, North Africa, South Africa and a host of others locales. His duties and responsibilities have included installation entry controller, internal response team leader, squad leader, flight chief, operations superintendent and group superintendent.
Chief Jones has supervised more 60 personnel responsible for the force protection security of mission assets and personnel in addition to leading and advising hundreds more in mission support operations. His career progression has afforded him opportunities for leadership and engagement at all levels of multiple organizations. In his civilian capacity, Chief Jones is employed by the Illinois Department of Military Affairs assigned to the 182nd Civil Engineer Squadron, where he serves as the wing electrician. Prior to his current position, the chief served as the operations superintendent with the 182nd Security Forces Squadron, 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Ill.
1996 Security Forces Academy, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
2000 NCO Academy Prep Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2002 Phoenix Raven Qualification Course, Air Mobility Command, Fort Dix, N.J.
2007 National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee for the Electrical Industry diploma, IBEW 34, Peoria, Ill.
2007 U.S. Department of Labor certification, Peoria, Ill.
2007 NCO Academy, McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tenn., by correspondence
2014 USAF Senior NCO Academy, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2016 Anti-Terrorism Continuity Course, National Guard Bureau, Oklahoma City, Okla.
2017 Associates in Applied Science, Criminal Justice, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2018 ANG Chief's Executive Course, ANG Senior Enlisted Leader Management Office, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
2019 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, National Defense University, Washington, by correspondence
1. May 1996–October 2001, Security Policeman, 182nd Security Forces Squadron, Peoria, Ill.
2. October 2001–December 2008, Phoenix Raven, 182nd Security Forces Squadron, Peoria, Ill. (February 2002–April 2002, Security Escort Team, 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia; February 2003–June 2003, undisclosed Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, undisclosed location, Southwest Asia.)
3. December 2008–May 2015, Flight Chief, 182nd Security Forces Squadron, Peoria, Ill. (February 2009–November 2009, Flight Chief, 64th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia.)
4. May 2015–November 2017, Operations Superintendent, 182nd Security Forces Squadron, Peoria, Ill. (February 2014–August 2014, Flight Chief, 405th Security Forces Squadron, 405th Air Expeditionary Group, Southwest Asia.)
5. November 2017–Present, Group Superintendent, 182nd Mission Support Group, Peoria, Ill.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
STATE AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Illinois Military Long and Honorable Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Illinois Military Attendance Ribbon with “11” device
2000 Outstanding Airman of the Year, 182nd Security Forces Squadron
2009 Outstanding Senior NCO of the Month, 64th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Saudi Arabia
2009 Outstanding Senior NCO of the Month, 64th Air Expeditionary Group, Saudi Arabia
2010 Outstanding Senior NCO of the Year, 182nd Security Forces Squadron
2014 Outstanding Senior NCO of the Year, 182nd Security Forces Squadron
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 34
National Guard Association of Illinois (lifetime member)
The American Legion
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman Jan. 5, 1996
Airman First Class Sept. 4, 1996
Senior Airman March 4, 1997
Staff Sergeant Jan. 6, 2001
Technical Sergeant Feb. 24, 2003
Master Sergeant Dec. 11, 2008
Senior Master Sergeant May 3, 2015
Chief Master Sergeant Dec. 2, 2017
(Current as of July 2019)