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New Command Chief selected for 440th Airlift Wing

  • Published
  • By Jerry Green
  • 440th Airlift Wing, Public Affairs
Col. Merle Hart, 440th Airlift Wing Commander, recently announced the selection of Senior Master Sgt. Jeffery Roeder to become the 440th AW Command Chief. Sergeant Roeder became Command Chief Roeder during the tack-on ceremony Oct. 3. During a meeting with several wing members, Colonel Hart said, "The competition for our new CCC was extremely keen with a number of highly-motivated and qualified candidates." The colonel added that he was extremely pleased to have been put in the difficult position to select from such a highly qualified group. Chief Roeder is an outstanding individual who will serve the enlisted corps and the Wing in an exceptional manner, Colonel Hart said. Chief Roeder was born in Fond du Lac, Wis. He enlisted in the active duty Air Force in February 1980 and graduated from the Security Specialist Technical School at Lackland AFB, Texas. In 1985, Chief Roeder joined the 440th AW Security Forces Squadron as a Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Specialist. In November of 2000, he became first sergeant for 440th AW SFS, and later transferred to the maintenance squadron as the first sergeant in 2005. Chief Roeder and his wife, Anne, have two teenage children, Brody and Lexie. The sergeant enjoys jogging, hunting, camping and is an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He is a lifetime member of the Air Force Sergeant's Association, where he served three terms as vice president, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Nicolet Post 2126 and 440th AW Alumni Association. Chief Roeder received the State of Wisconsin Military Achievement Award for 2004. Serving as a member of the commander's staff, command chiefs advise the commander on all enlisted matters such as airmen readiness, training, utilization, morale, technical, professional development and quality of life issues. Command chiefs also act as a functional manager for all chief master sergeants and first sergeants in the wing.