Chief Master Sergeant ROBERT L. HOPKINS

Chief Master Sergeant Robert L. Hopkins is the Command Chief Master Sergeant of Sixteenth Air Force, Air Forces Cyber at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. He advises the commander and staff on all matters influencing the readiness, health, welfare, morale and effective utilization of more than 49,000 personnel as well as global information warfare activities spanning cyberspace operations, intelligence, targeting and weather for nine wings, one technical center and an operations center. Sixteenth Air Force Airmen deliver multisource intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance products, applications, capabilities and resources. In addition, they build, extend, operate, secure and defend the Air Force portion of the Department of Defense global network. Furthermore, Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber personnel perform operational planning as part of coordinated efforts to support Air Force component and combatant commanders and, upon approval of the President and/or Secretary of Defense, the execution of offensive cyberspace operations.

Chief Hopkins entered the Air Force in 1997 after graduating from high school in Pemberton, New Jersey.
His assignments include bases in Mississippi, Germany, North Carolina, Texas, and Florida. He deployed numerous times as direct support to the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 173rd Airborne Brigade liberating Iraq. Additionally, he deployed as part of several Joint Task Forces in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 70th Intelligence
Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, Fort George G. Meade Army Installation, Maryland.

1998 Ground Radio Maintenance Course, Keesler Air Force Base, MS
2000 Associate of Applied Science, Electronic Systems, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, AL
2001 Ground Radio Maintenance Course 206, Keesler AFB, MS
2001 Airman Leadership School, Kapaun Air Station, Germany
2002 European Theater Air Ground Operation Course, Ramstein Airbase, Germany
2002 Communications-Electronics Career Advancement Course, Keesler AFB, MS
2004 JSOC Special Operations Radio Operations Course, Fort Bragg, N.C
2006 U.S. Army Infantry School Airborne Course, Fort Benning, GA
2007 Non-Commissioned Officer’s Academy, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, AL
2007 U.S. Army Military Free-Fall Parachute Course, Marana, AZ
2010 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer’s Academy, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, AL
2015 Bachelor of Science, Information Technology, correspondence, American Military University, Charles Town, W.V
2019 Senior Enlisted Legal Orientation Course, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, AL
2020 Enterprise Perspective Seminar, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington, D.C
2021 Leading Strategically Seminar, Center for Creative Leadership. Colorado Springs CO2021 Transnational Issues Seminar, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington, D.C. 2022 Keystone, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C

1.    June 1997–July 1997, Trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, TX
2.    July 1997–April 1998, Student, Ground Radio Communication, Keesler AFB, MS
3.    May 1998–November 2000, Combat Engineering & Installations Member, 738th Engineering & Installation Squadron, Keesler AFB, MS
4.    November 2000–June 2004, Ground Radio Journeyman, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron, Wurzburg Army Installation, Germany
5.    June 2004–June 2007, Assistant NCOIC, Airborne Communications, Joint Communications Unit, Fort Bragg, NC
6.   June 2007–December 2010, Superintendent, Electronic Maintenance & Superintendent, Logistics, 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope AFB, NC
7.    January 2011–August 2014, Functional Manager, Cyber Systems Assignments, Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, TX
8.    August 2014–June 2015, Superintendent, Network Systems Flight, 543rd Support Squadron & Senior Enlisted Leader, Information Technology Operations Directorate, National Security Agency-Texas, San Antonio, TX
9.    July 2015–May 2016, Superintendent, 531st Intelligence Squadron & Senior Enlisted Leader, Information Technology Operations Directorate, NSA-Texas, San Antonio, TX
10.    May 2016–November 2017, Functional Manager, Air Combat Command/A6 Operating Location, JBSALackland, TX
11.    November 2017–May 2019, Senior Enlisted Advisor 3rd Joint Communications Squadron, Joint Communications Support Element, MacDill AFB, FL
12.    May 2019–June 2021, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 67th Cyberspace Wing, JBSA-Lackland, TX
13.    June 2021–Present, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, Fort George G. Meade, MD
14.    July 2023-Present, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 16th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, TX

Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon

2009 Air Force Special Operations Command SNCO of the Year, MacDill AFB, FL
2009 Air Force Communications & Information Dominance SNCO of the Year
2010 Air Force Association General Billy Mitchell Award for C4 Excellence
2018 German Jump Wings
2019 Army Signal Corps Bronze Order of Mercury
2019 Italian Jump Wings
2019 Netherland Jump Wings

Chief Master Sergeant May 2015

(Current as of 24 July 2023)