Chief Master Sergeant Derek T. Crowder is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, California. He is the primary advisor to the commander on matters concerning the morale, welfare, health and discipline of more than 4,100 enlisted men and women. The wing’s assigned aircraft include the C-5M Super Galaxy, KC-10 Extender and C-17 Globemaster III. These airframes conduct air, land and aerial refueling taskings, responding to Joint Chiefs of Staff- directed combat operations, and support U.S. State Department-sponsored humanitarian relief efforts worldwide.
Chief Crowder grew up in Argenta, Illinois and entered the Air Force in January of 1994. His background includes various duties in Materiel Management at the unit and Major Command level. Throughout his career he has also filled roles outside of Materiel Management to include Airman Leadership Instructor and Flight Chief. He received a Master in Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama in 2017. Prior to his current position, he was the Command Chief Master Sergeant, 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
Previous assignments include installations in New Mexico, Illinois, Alaska, Alabama, Afghanistan and the Republic of Korea. His has deployed in support of Operations Deny Flight, Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom.
1999 Airman Leadership School, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska
2001 Associate in Applied Sciences, Logistics Management, Community College of the Air Force
2001 Academic Instructor School/Enlisted Professional Military Education Instructor Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2002 Associate in Applied Sciences, Instructor of Technology and Military Science, CCAF
2003 Occupational Instructor Certification, CCAF
2004 Bachelor in Business Administration/Corporate Training & Development, Wayland Baptist University, Texas
2006 Master in Human Resource Management, Wayland Baptist University, Texas
2007 Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, Gunter Annex, Ala.
2008 Joint Senior Enlisted Professional Education
2010 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Gunter Annex, Ala.
2010 Professional Managers Certification, CCAF
2017 Joint Professional Military Education II, National Defense University
2017 Master in Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. March 1994–July 1995, Aircraft Parts Store Apprentice, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.
2. August 1995–May 1998, Mobility Readiness Spares Package Journeyman, Holloman AFB, N.M.
3. June 1998–March 2000, Receiving/Inspection Technician, Eielson AFB, Alaska
4. April 2000–December 2000, NCOIC, Individual Protective Equipment, Eielson AFB, Alaska
5. January 2001–August 2006, Flight Chief/Instructor, Eielson Airman Leadership School, Eielson AFB, Alaska
6. September 2006–March 2007, NCOIC, Quick Response Flight, Scott AFB, Ill.
7. April 2007–March 2008, NCOIC, Rotary Weapon System Flight, Scott AFB, Ill.
8. April 2008–August 2009, Senior Mentor, Afghan National Police Logistics Facility, Kabul, Afghanistan
9. September 2009–March 2011, Superintendent, C-130 MICAP/Stock Control Flight, Scott AFB, Ill.
10. April 2011–November 2011, Superintendent, AMC Equipment Management, Scott AFB, Ill.
11. December 2011–December 2012, Superintendent, Materiel Management Flight, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea
12. January 2013–May 2015, AMC Materiel Management Functional Manager/Senior Enlisted Leader, Directorate of Logistics, Scott AFB, Ill.
13. June 2015 - July 2016, Superintendent, 375th Mission Support Group, Scott AFB, Ill.
14. July 2016 - May 2017, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
15. June 2017 - August 2018, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
16. September 2018 - Present, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
AF Overseas Ribbon Short tour with one bronze oak leaf cluster
AF Overseas Ribbon Long tour one bronze oak leaf cluster
1999 John L. Levitow Award, Airman Leadership School
1999 354th Logistics Group Airman of the Year
2001 354th Mission Support Squadron Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year 2001 Eielson Airman Leadership School Instructor of the Year
2002 Eielson Airman Leadership School Instructor of the Year
2003 Air Force Sergeants Association Division 14 Member of the Year
2004 Air Force Sergeants Association Division 14 Member of the Year
2005 Pacific Air Forces Airman Leadership School Instructor of the Year
2007 John L. Levitow Award, Non-Commissioned Officers Academy
2007 AMC Directorate of Logistics Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year
2010 AMC Directorate of Logistics Tuskegee Airman Non-Commissioned Officer of the year
2012 8th Mission Support Group Lance P. Sijan Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant 1 Dec 2013
(Current as of September 2018)