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CMSgt Chief Master Sergeant Robert L. Zackery III

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Chief Master Sergeant Robert L. Zackery III is the Superintendent, 71st Operations Group, 71st Flying Training Wing, Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma.  As Superintendent he is the primary advisor to the group commander and seven squadron commanders regarding welfare, readiness, proper utilization and progress of 140 enlisted Airmen, 861 officers and 125 civilians of Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT).  He provides unique operational leadership and perspective in the management of the fourth busiest air traffic base, 206 training aircraft, $1.95M annual budget, the utilization of 72,000 flying hours and 52,000 annual sorties.  Chief Zackery also leads the pilot training enlisted mentorship program for over 600 student pilots.

 

Chief Master Sergeant Zackery is from Chattanooga, TN.  He entered the Air Force in September 1996.  Chief Zackery graduated from the Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) specialist course. He has served in 3-man Ranger Reconnaissance Teams, 12-man Army Special Forces Detachments to the Army Corps level.  He has filled a number of roles including Special Operations Forces TACP, Ranger TACP NCOIC, Chief of Standardization and Evaluations, Chief, Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) Instructor, both Squadron and Group operations superintendent and Squadron Superintendent among five MAJCOMs.  Chief Zackery has eight total deployments; six combat deployments including the initial invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq, and other sensitive areas around the globe with special operations forces.  In addition he has two non-combat deployments in Bosnia and Kuwait.

 

Chief Master Sergeant Zackery has earned the Parachutist wings, Master Parachutist wings, Military Free Fall Parachutist (HALO/HO) wings, Master Military Free Fall Parachutist wings, U.S. Army’s Pathfinder wing, U.S. Army’s Air Assault wings and the Army’s Combat Action Badge.  He also holds Canadian, Danish, German, Israeli, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian Parachutist Wings.  Chief Zackery earned the German Schutzenschnur (Shooting Badge) in Gold and the Austrian Shooting Badge in Bronze.

 

EDUCATION

1997 Tactical Air Command and Control Apprentice Course, Hurlburt Field, Florida

2000 USAF Air Ground Joint Firepower Control Course, Nellis AFB, Nevada

2001 Airman Leadership School, Pope AFB, North Carolina

2005 Classroom Instructor Course, Ft Lewis AIN, Washington

2008 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Vogelweh, Germany

2010 Associate of Applied Science Degree, Information Systems Management, CCAF, Gunter Annex, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

2010 Senior Enlisted Joint PME Course (SEJPME), Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia

2010 USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer (SNCO) Academy, Correspondence Course

2011 USAF SNCO Academy, In-Residence, Gunter Annex, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

2011 Additional-Duty First Sergeant Course, Gunter Annex, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

2014 Air Support Operations Center Initial Qualification Course, Nellis AFB, Nevada

2014 Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy (JSOFSEA), In-Residence, Tampa, Florida

2015 Bachelor of Science Degree, Military Studies and Politics, Excelsior College, Albany, New York

2016 Chief Leadership Course, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Hawaii

2016 Profession of Arms Center for Excellence: Enhancing Human Capital, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii

2017 Contingency Wartime Planning Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

2017 USAF Chief Leadership Course, Gunter Annex, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

2018 Senior Enlisted Legal Orientation Course, USAF Judge Advocate General’s School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

2018 Continuous Process Improvement for Executives, Institute for Defense/Business, University of North Carolina, North Carolina

 

ASSIGNMENTS

1.  September 1996 – October 1996, Trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas

2.  October 1996 – March 1997, Student, Tactical Air Command and Control Specialist Course, Hurlburt Field, Florida

3.  April 1997 – April 1999, Tactical Air Control Party Specialist (TACP), 1st Infantry Division, 2nd Air Support Ops Squadron, Wurzburg, Germany. 

(1997 – 1998, TACP, 2-6 Battalion, 1st Armor Division, Camp Bedrock, Bosnia)

4.  May 1999 – June 2002, Enlisted Terminal Attack Controller (ETAC), 1/504 PIR, 82nd Airborne Division, 14th Air Support Ops Squadron, Pope AFB, North Carolina

(2001, ETAC, Camp Doha, Kuwait)

(2001 – 2002, ETAC, ODA 542, 5th Special Forces Group, Afghanistan)

5.  July 2002 – February  2007, NCOIC, TACP, 2nd Ranger Battalion, 8th Air Support Ops Flt, Fort Lewis AIN, Washington

(2003, ETAC, Ranger TACP, 2nd Ranger Battalion, Iraq),

(2003, ETAC, Ranger TACP, 2nd Ranger Battalion, Afghanistan),

(2004, ETAC, Ranger TACP, 2nd Ranger Battalion, Afghanistan),

(2005, ETAC, TACP, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta, Iraq)

6.  February  2007 – February  2008, Chief, Standardization & Evaluations, 607th Air Support Ops Group, Osan, Republic of Korea

7.  April 2008 – May 2011, Chief, Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) Instructor, V Corps, 4th Air Support Ops Group, Heidelberg, Germany. 

(2010, Squadron Superintendent, 1st Armor Division, 82nd Expeditionary Air Support Ops Squadron, Camp Liberty, Iraq)

8.  May 2011 – May 2013, Operations Superintendent, V Corps, 4th Air Support Ops Group, Heidelberg, Germany

9.  June 2013 – December 2014, Operations Superintendent, 25th Infantry Division, 25th Air Support Ops Squadron, Wheeler Army Air Field, Hawaii

10. January 2015 – October 2017, Squadron Superintendent, 25th Infantry Division, 25th Air Support Ops Squadron, Wheeler Army Air Field, Hawaii

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Bronze Star Medal with Valor with two oak leaf clusters

Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Army Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Army Achievement Medal

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Valorous Unit Award

Army Meritorious Unit Commendation

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

1998 Airmen of the Year, 4th Air Support Operations Group

2004 STEP promotion to Technical Sergeant

2005 NCO of the Year, 5th Air Support Operations Squadron

2007 NCO of the Year, 607th Air Support Operations Group

2008 Commandant’s Award for Leadership, NCO Academy

2008 Distinguish Graduate Award, NCO Academy

2011 SNCO of the Year, 4th Air Support Operations Group

 

EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION

Chief Master Sergeant September 2016

 

(Current as of 23 April 2018)