CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT SARAH M. ESPARZA

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CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT SARAH M. ESPARZA

Chief Master Sergeant Sarah M. Esparza is the Command Chief Master Sergeant, 49th Wing, Holloman AFB, New Mexico. She serves as the principle senior enlisted leader to the Wing Commander on all issues regarding the training, safety, morale, welfare and quality of life issues affecting a total force of over 3,500 enlisted Airmen. Chief Esparza is also the senior enlisted advisor in support of Holloman’s mission to provide combat-ready Airmen, training MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators, as well as supporting the 54th Fighter Group, Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources Base and German Air Force Flying Training Center.

Chief Esparza entered the Air Force in July 1993 as a Munitions Systems Apprentice and later retrained into Education and Training Management. She has served in various positions at squadron, group, base and FOA levels. Additionally, Chief Esparza served as an Enlisted Professional Military Education Instructor for a four year period. She has deployed in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE, FREEDOM’S SENTINEL and RESOLUTE SUPPORT. Her assignments include Arkansas, South Korea, Missouri, Texas, and the United Kingdom. Prior to her current assignment, Chief Esparza was the Superintendent, 49th Force Support Squadron, Holloman AFB, New Mexico.



EDUCATION

1993  Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, TX

1994 Munition Systems Specialist Technical School, Lowery AFB, CO 1998  Airman Leadership School, Whiteman AFB, Missouri

2002 Associates of Applied Science Degree in Education Administration and Management, CCAF 2004  Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Keesler AFB, Mississippi

2005 Enlisted Professional Military Education Instructor Course, Maxwell AFB, Alabama 2006 Associates of Applied Science Degree in Instructor Technology, CCAF

2007  Occupational Instructor Certification, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

2008 Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology, Park University, Missouri 2011  Professional Manager Certification, CCAF

2012 USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Alabama 2017  Chief Leadership Course, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

2017 Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland

2018  Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Correspondence, Joint Forces Staff College


ASSIGNMENTS

  1. Jul - Aug 93, Basic Trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas

  2. Feb 94 - Apr 95, Munitions Systems Apprentice, 314 MXS, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas

  3. Apr 95 - Nov 96, Line Delivery Crewmember, 51 MXS, Osan AB, Korea

  4. Nov 96 - Sep 01, Unit Training Manager, 509 LSS, Whiteman AFB, Missouri

  5. Sep 01 - Mar 05, NCOIC, Base Training, 314 MSS, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas

  6. Mar 05 - Apr 09, Flight Instructor, Robert D. Gaylor NCOA, Lackland AFB, Texas

  7. Apr 09 - Feb 10, Supt, Base Training 37 FSS, Lackland AFB, Texas

  8. Feb 10 - Feb 14, Supt, Maintenance Training & Programs, 48 MXG, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom

  9. Feb 14 – Dec 16, Superintendent, Workforce Development Section, JBSA Randolph, Texas

  10. Jul 17 – Jan 18, Interim Mission Support Group Superintendent, Holloman AFB, New Mexico

  11. Dec 16 –Jun 18, Squadron Superintendent, 49 FSS, Holloman AFB, New Mexico

  12. Jun 18- Present, Command Chief, 49 WG, Holloman AFB, New Mexico

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal with one silver leaf cluster Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster Air Force Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

1998  Base Level Training Manager of the Year, Whiteman AFB

2003 Base Level Training Manager of the Year, Air Education & Training Command 2004 Base Level Training Manager of the Year, Air Education & Training Command 2004  Base Level Training Manager of the Year, Air Force

2007 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Robert D. Gaylor Noncommissioned Officer Academy 2007  Tenant Unit Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Lackland AFB

2008  Air Force Education and Training Manager of the Year, Air University

2008 Lance P. Sijan Award, Robert D. Gaylor Noncommissioned Officer Academy 2010  Senior Enlisted Training Manager of the Year, RAF Lakenheath

2011 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, 48 Maintenance Operations Squadron

2014  Directorate Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Air Force Personnel Center

2014 AFPC AFA Alamo Chapter Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Air Force Personnel Center 2015  Directorate Lance P. Sijan Award, Air Force Personnel Center

 

EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION

Chief Master Sergeant July 2016

 

 

(Current as of June 2018)