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Chief Master Sergeant Derrick M. Grames is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 53d Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. He is responsible for the health, welfare, morale, and effective utilization of approximately 2,500 military and civilian personnel at 23 diverse locations throughout the United States. The wing is responsible for fighter, bomber, remotely piloted air vehicle and space operations operational testing and evaluation. Additionally, the wing performs tactics development in the areas of electronic warfare, armament, avionics, and weapons systems evaluation programs Combat Archer and Combat Hammer, as well as the electronic warfare aggressor program Combat Shield.

Chief Grames entered the Air Force in July 1990 as a Pavements Maintenance Specialist. As a Civil Engineer, he served two RED HORSE tours, then became a First Sergeant, supporting 11 units for over seven years. Additionally, he has been a Mission Support Group Superintendent in Korea and Alabama. His previous assignment was Superintendent, Business and Enterprise Systems, serving as the senior enlisted advisor to the Program Executive Officer for the effective utilization of more than 2,100 military and civilian employees at five bases. The organization acquires, operates, and sustains operational support information technology systems for the Air Force and Department of Defense with a portfolio valued at $1.025 billion. Other deployments include supporting the Continuous Bomber Presence (South Pacific), Operations DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, NORTHERN WATCH, and ENDURING FREEDOM.


1990 Basic Military Training School, Lackland AFB, Texas (Honor Graduate)
1996 Airman Leadership School, Luke AFB, Ariz.
1997 Civil Engineer Craftsman Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas (Distinguished Graduate)
2001 Noncommissioned Officer’s Academy, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
2005 USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer’s Academy (Correspondence)
2005 CCAF, Construction Technology
2005 USAF First Sergeant Academy, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala.
2006 CCAF, Human Resource Management
2009 USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer’s Academy, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala.
2014 USAF Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina
2014 CCAF, Professional Manager Certification
2015 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course
2016 Senior Enlisted Legal Orientation, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2016 AFSO21 Executive Leaders Course, Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee

September 1990 – June 1993: Pavements Maintenance Specialist, 9th CES, Beale AFB, Calif.
June 1993 – June 1994: Pavements Maintenance Journeyman, 554th RED HORSE, Osan AB, Korea
June 1994 – June 2002: NCOIC, Pavements/Construction Equipment, 56th CES, Luke AFB, Ariz.
June 2002 – October 2005: Superintendent, Construction Team C, 820th RED HORSE, Nellis AFB, Nevada
November 2005 – August 2007: First Sergeant, 2d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
August 2007 – March 2008: First Sergeant, 2d Logistics Readiness Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
March 2008 – March 2009: First Sergeant, 51st Operations Group, Osan AB, Korea
April 2009 – June 2011: First Sergeant, 2d Munitions Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
June 2011 – December 2011: First Sergeant, 2d Security Forces Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
December 2011 – January 2013: First Sergeant, 2d Maintenance Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
February 2013 – February 2014: Superintendent, 51st Mission Support Group, Osan AB, Korea
March 2014 – December 2015: Superintendent, 42d Mission Support Group, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
December 2015 – October 2016: Superintendent, Business Enterprise Systems Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala.
October 2016 – Present: Command Chief Master Sergeant, 53d Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla.


Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with eight oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with seven oak leaf clusters

56th Civil Engineer Military Technician of the Year, Luke AFB, Ariz 2001
820th RED HORSE’s Civil Engineer Military Superintendent of the Year, Nellis AFB, Nevada 2005
51st Operations Group Lance P. Sijan USAF Leadership Award nominee, Osan AB, Korea 2008
51st Fighter Wing First Sergeant of the Year, Osan AB, Korea 2008
7th Air Force First Sergeant of the Year, Osan AB, Korea 2008
2d Munitions Squadron Lance P. Sijan USAF Leadership Award nominee, Barksdale AFB, La. 2009
2d Maintenance Group First Sergeant of the Year, Barksdale AFB, La. 2009
2d Maintenance Group First Sergeant of the Year, Barksdale AFB, La. 2010
2d Bomb Wing First Sergeant of the Year, Barksdale AFB, La. 2010
United States Air Force Team of the Year Award Recipient, USAF First Sergeants 2010

Chief Master Sergeant September 2012

(Current as of October 2016)