CHIEF MASTER SGT. EMILIO J. AVILA

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Chief Master Sergeant Avila is the Command Chief, 688th Cyberspace Wing, Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland Texas. In this capacity, Chief Avila is the principal advisor to the commander on all matters of military readiness, morale, quality of life, professional development, and effective utilization of resources for over 1,700 military, civilian and contractor personnel. These professionals are responsible for exercising and testing information operations tactics, techniques, and procedures, analyzing and mitigating U.S. cyberspace vulnerabilities and integrating emerging information dominance, capabilities in support of national, Department of Defense, joint and Air Force warfighters. Chief Avila deploys and delivers survivable and resilient cyber infrastructure (deployed and in-garrison) and integrates communications and computer systems designed to increase combat effectiveness.

Chief Avila enlisted in the Air Force in July 1993. His background includes diverse duties in the Aircraft Armament System Specialist career filed, has served as an Instructor at the Inter-American Air Forces Academy and a First Sergeant for 6 ½ years. His assignments include bases in South Korea, Louisiana, Texas and Italy. He has deployed in support of Operations ALLIED FORCE, PLAN COLOMBIA, and ENDURING FREEDOM.


EDUCATION
1993 Aircraft Armament Apprentice Course, Lowry AFB, CO
1998 Airman Leadership School, Barksdale AFB, LA
2000 Basic Instructor Course, Lackland AFB, TX
2005 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Lackland AFB, TX
2006 USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Correspondence Course 
2007 First Sergeant Academy, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2008 Associates Degree in Aircraft Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force 
2008 Associates Degree in Human Resource Management, Community College of the Air Force 
2009 Bachelors of Science in Occupational Education, Wayland Baptist University
2010 USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, AL 
2011 Professional Manager Certification, Community College of the Air Force 
2011 Silver Flag, Civil Engineer Contingency Training, Ramstein AB, Germany 
2013 Aircraft Armament Systems 9-level Course, Sheppard AFB, TX
2014 Nuclear Surety Inspector Training, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana 
2016 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education I & II
2016 Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course, Randolph AFB, TX

ASSIGNMENTS
1. Jul 93–Aug 93, Basic Trainee, Lackland AFB, TX
2. Aug 93–Dec 93, Student, Aircraft Armament Systems, Lowry AFB, CO.
3. Dec 93–Dec 94, Weapons Load Crew Member, 80th Fighter Sq, Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea
4. Jan 95–Dec 00, Weapons Load Team Chief/Expediter, 11th Bomb Sq, Barksdale AFB, LA (May ‘99–Aug ‘99, Weapons Load Team Chief, 2nd Air Expeditionary Group, RAF Fairford, United Kingdom.)
5. Jan 01–Jun 05, Instructor/Instructor Supervisor, 837th Training Sq, Lackland AFB, TX (Feb ‘03–Apr ‘03, Mobile Training Team (MTT) member, US Embassy, Bogota, Colombia.)
6. Jun 05–Feb 06, Instructor Supervisor/Flight Chief, Training Development, 318th Training Squadron, Lackland AFB, TX
6. Feb 06–Jan 07, Chief, Quality Assurance/Interim First Sergeant, Inter-American Air Forces Academy, Lackland AFB, TX
7. Feb 07–Mar 09, First Sergeant, 344th Training Squadron, Lackland AFB, TX
(Sep ‘08–Feb ‘09, First Sergeant, 376 Expeditionary Mission Support Group, Manas AB, Kyrgyzstan.)
9. Apr 09–Jun 10, First Sergeant, 31st Operations Group, Aviano AB, Italy
10. Jun 10–Apr 12, First Sergeant, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy
11. Apr 12–May 13, First Sergeant, 31st Maintenance Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy
12. May 13–Jun 14, Superintendent, Weapons Flight, 2d Aircraft Maintenance Sq, Barksdale AFB, LA.
13. Jun 14–Apr 15, Wing Weapons Manager, 2d Maintenance Group, Barksdale AFB, LA.
14. Apr 15–Jul 15, Superintendent, 51st Operations Group, Osan AB, Republic of Korea. (Jan ‘16–Mar ‘16, and Apr ’17- Jul ’17 - Interim Command Chief, 51st Fighter Wing, Osan AB, Republic of Korea.)
15. Aug 17 – Present, Command Chief, 688th Cyberspace Wing, Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, TX


MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal (four OLCs)
Air Force Commendation Medal (four OLCs) Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (two silver OLCs) GWOT Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal (one OLC) NATO Service medal (one device)

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

1996 Load Crew of the Year, 11th Bomb Squadron
1997 Maintenance Professional of the Year, 11th Bomb Squadron 1997 Leo Marquez Maintenance Award, 2d Bomb Wing
1997 Maintenance Professional of the Year, Air Combat Command 2003 NCO of the Year, 837th Training Squadron
2006 Team Lackland Additional Duty First Sergeant of the Year
2007 San Antonio Alamo Air Force Association Joe Kellogg Leadership Award 2008 First Sergeant of the Year, 37th Training Group
2010 Distinguished Graduate, SNCO Academy
2010 First Sergeant of the Year, 31st Mission Support Group 2010 First Sergeant of the Year, 31st Fighter Wing
2011 Team of the Year Award, HQ USAF

EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant July 2014

(Current as of August 2017)