Chief Master Sergeant Jerome S. Wright is Command Chief, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick Space Force Base, Fla., where he advises the AFTAC wing commander on matters concerning the readiness, utilization, training, morale and welfare of the 1,000-member center and its 14 detachments around the globe who support AFTAC’s international nuclear treaty monitoring activities. AFTAC operates and maintains the United States Atomic Energy Detection System to monitor foreign compliance with various treaties limiting nuclear testing. AFTAC is also the designated U.S. laboratory system that provides technical support to the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency.
Chief Wright was born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and grew up in Virginia Beach, Va. He entered the Air Force in July 2000, and his background includes various duties in the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Maintenance, Information Operations, All Source Intelligence, and Joint Targeting career fields.
He has deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Unified Protector, and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.
Prior to assuming his current position, Chief Wright served as the Senior Enlisted Leader of the Cadet Wing at the United States Air Force Academy, providing enlisted counsel to the Commandant on training, education, standards, and personnel matters affecting 4,200 cadets and 236 total force permanent party members.
2005 Airman Leadership School, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
2005 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Maintenance Instructor Course, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
2007 Dynamics of International Terrorism, U.S. Air Force Special Operations School
2009 Collateral Damage Estimation Course, U.S. Army Garrison, Heidelberg, Germany
2010 Joint Battle Damage Assessment Course, Joint Targeting School, Va.
2011 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Kapaun Air Station, Germany
2013 Associates Degree in Electronic Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force
2013 Associates Degree in Intelligence Studies and Technology, Community College of the Air Force
2013 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Forces Staff College (correspondence)
2013 Senior Enlisted ISR Master Skills Course, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
2015 Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management and Organizational Development, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
2016 U.S. Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Gunter Annex, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2017 U.S. Air Force Master Resilience Trainer Course, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
2017 Air Force Continuous Process Improvement Green Belt Course, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
2019 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II, Joint Forces Staff College (correspondence)
2020 Chief Leadership Course, Gunter Annex, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. July 2000 – August 2000, Trainee, Basic Military Training, 324th Training Squadron, Lackland AFB, Texas
2. August 2000 – November 2000, Student, Electronic Principles Course, 344th Training Squadron, Lackland AFB, Texas
3. November 2000 – March 2001, Student, Missile and Space System Electronic Maintenance Course, 532nd Training Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
4. April 2001 – January 2004, Technician, ICBM Electro-Mechanical Team, 90th Missile Maintenance Squadron, Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
5. January 2004 – May 2005, Team Chief, ICBM Electro-Mechanical Team, 90th Missile Maintenance Squadron, Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
6. May 2005 – October 2006, Instructor, ICBM Electro-Mechanical Team, 90th Maintenance Operations Squadron, Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
7. October 2006 – October 2007, Electronic System Security Assessment Analyst (Operations Security), 68th Information Operations Squadron, Brooks-City Base, Texas
8. October 2007 – June 2008, Student, Operations Intelligence Course, 315th Training Squadron, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
9. June 2008 – August 2009, NCOIC, Dynamic Targeting, 603rd Air & Space Operations Center, Ramstein AB, Germany (June 2009 – December 2009, Shift NCOIC, Targeting Cell, Combined Air & Space Operations Center, Al Udeid AB, Qatar)
10. August 2009 – February 2012, NCOIC, Tactical Assessment, 603d Air & Space Operations Center, Ramstein AB, Germany (August 2011 – November 2011, Dynamic Targeting Chief, NATO Combined Air Operations Center, Poggio Renatico, Italy)
11. February 2012 – June 2013, Section Chief, Targeting and Imagery Support, 603nd Air & Space Operations Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
12. June 2013 – October 2015, Superintendent, ISR Programs and Resources/Intel Functional Area Manager, HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA Intelligence Directorate, Ramstein AB, Germany
13. October 2015 – July 2016, Chief, Advanced Targeting Courses, 315th Training Squadron, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
14. July 2016 – July 2019, Operations Superintendent, 315th Training Squadron, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
15. July 2019 – January 2021, Chief Enlisted Manager, 11th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
16. January 2021 – July 2022, Senior Enlisted Leader of the Cadet Wing and Career Field Manager, Academy Military Trainers (8B200 Developmental Special Duty), United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
17. July 2022 – Present, Command Chief, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick SFB, Fla.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air and Space Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal
Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal with three bronze service stars
Air and Space Campaign Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with “N” device and oak leaf cluster
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border
Air Force Special Duty Ribbon
2005 Distinguished Graduate & Academic Achievement Awards, F.E. Warren Airman Leadership School
2008 AETC Commander’s Top Graduate Award, Operations Intelligence Course, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
2013 Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Air Force ISR Awards Program
2014 Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA
2016 Senior Enlisted of the Year, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (AETC)
2017 Blacks in Government Meritorious Service Award, 17th Training Wing
2017 National Image, Inc., Meritorious Service Award, 17th Training Wing
2018 Air Force Association Active Duty Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, State of Texas
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant October 2019
(Current as of February 2023)