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COMMAND CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT RICHARD W MERTZ JR.

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Chief Master Sergeant Richard Mertz is Command Chief, 111th Fighter Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, located at Willow Grove Air Reserve Station, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. As the Command Chief, he reports directly to the Wing Commander on enlisted personnel issues, to include professional military education, enlisted promotions, mentorship, morale, family, community relations, and esprit de corps.

Chief Mertz entered into military service in May 1976. After technical training, he was assigned to the 49th Logistics Squadron at Holloman AFB, New Mexico. In 1980 Chief Mertz was assigned to the 111th Logistics Squadron at Willow Grove ARS, Pennsylvania, where he held various positions such as Material Facilities Supervisor and the Storage and Issue Chief.

In 2006 Chief Mertz was selected for the full time position as the Airfield Manager for the 103rd Fighter Squadron and the Operations Support Squadron at Willow Grove ARS. In May 2008 he was appointed to the dual role as the 111th Fighter Wing Command Chief.

EDUCATION:

1976 Basic Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
1979 NCO PME, Holloman AFB, New Mexico
1982 USAF Supervisor Course
1992 Senior NCO Academy Course
1998 CMS Executive Course, Tyson Corner, Virginia

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. 1976 - 1980 49th Supply Squadron, Holloman AFB, New Mexico
2. 1980 - 2005 111th Logistics Squadron, Willow Grove ARS, Pennsylvania
3. 2006 - Present 111th Operations Support Squadron/103rd Fighter Squadron, Willow Grove ARS, Pennsylvania
4. 2008 - Present Command Chief Master Sergeant, 111th Fighter Wing, Willow Grove ARS, Pennsylvania

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
AF Outstanding Unit Award
AF Good Conduct Medal
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
AF Longevity Service
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 2 'M' Devices
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle)
AF Training Ribbon
NATO Medal
PA Commendation Medal
PA 20 Year Service Medal
PA Maj Gen Thomas R. White, Jr. Medal
PA Gen Thomas J. Stewart Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

May 3, 2008 Command Chief Master Sergeant
Sept. 11, 1997 Chief Master Sergeant
March 1, 1993 Senior Master Sergeant
June 15, 1986 Master Sergeant

(Current as of Aug 2010)




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