State Command Chief Master Sergeant,
Massachusetts Air National Guard
Chief Master Sgt. Richard G. MacDonald
Chief Master Sergeant Richard MacDonald is the State Command Chief for the Massachusetts Air National Guard. As the top enlisted member of the state, he is responsible for providing leadership to the enlisted forces where he plays a vital role in the readiness and force development. Chief MacDonald is the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Adjutant General and the Chief of Staff of the Massachusetts Air National Guard and its 1,900 enlisted personnel. An activist to the welfare, morale and concerns of todays enlisted forces. Chief MacDonald monitors compliance with Air National Guard and Air Force standards, serves on advisory councils, and maintains a close relationship with the local communities. He is the driving force for developing and implementing Massachusetts Air National Guard policies and programs and performs other specific duties at the discretion of the commander.
Chief MacDonald was born and raised in South Boston, Massachusetts. He entered the Air Force in 1982 and completed Basic Training and the Security Police Academy at Lackland AFB, Texas. He was stationed at Otis Air National Guard Base as a traditional guardsmen assigned to the 102d Security Forces Squadron where he served in many roles. Starting as Fire Team member, he held positions within the career field that included Squad Leader, NCOIC Pass & ID, Flight Sergeant, Acting First Sergeant, Superintendent, and NCOIC of Quality Control and Training. He was the troop commander for deployments under Operation Northern Watch, Incirlik Turkey, and Operation Juniper Stallion JS06 to Israel. He was activated on 9/11 for two years 2001 to 2003 under Iraqi Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle. He was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant and assigned to Massachusetts Joint Force Headquarters as the State Human Resource Advisor where he spent the last three years working on force development, force management, and spear-headed the first of its kind, workshop entitled TIME - Technical Sergeants Involved & Mentoring Enlisted Airmen. Chief MacDonald implemented diversity initiatives with the Wing HRA’s and provided assistance with their Diversity Councils and Special Emphasis program. He was selected as the State Command Chief Master Sergeant in December 2012.
Chief Richard MacDonald is a traditional Guardsman and is a Lieutenant for the Pembroke Police Department.
1989 Veterans Program, UMASS, Boston, MA
1995 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, McGee Tyson, Tennessee
1998 AS - Air Force Community College, Security Administration
2004 BS - Criminal Justice, Western New England, Springfield, Massachusetts
2006 MS - Criminal Administration, Western New England College, Springfield, Massachusetts (magna cum laude)
2006 USAF SNCO Academy, Course 12, Correspondence
2007 Anti-Terrorism Officer level II, Pease, ANGB, New Hampshire
2008 Ground Combat Command School, Lackland, AFB, Texas
2009 Cultural Leadership Lab, Smithfield, RI
2010 Chief’s Executive Course, Washington, DC
2011 Human Resource Advisor Course, Selfridge, Michigan
2011 Chief’s Leadership Course, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2013 Command Chief Orientation Course, Lackland AFB, Texas
2013 Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Leadership in Homeland Security Executive Program, Cambridge Massachusetts
2014 Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Leadership in Crisis Executive Program, Cambridge Massachusetts
(Current as of February 2016)
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