CA State Command Chief

CMSgt Lynn Williams

Chief Master Sergeant Lynn E. Williams
CA State Command Chief
California Air National Guard

Chief Master Sergeant Lynn E. Williams

Chief Master Sergeant Lynn E. Williams serves as the California State Command Chief. Chief Williams is the principal advisor to the Commander, California Air National Guard on mission effectiveness, professional development, military readiness, training, utilization, health, morale, and welfare of the state’s 4,175 enlisted airmen. He provides leadership to the enlisted force and is the functional manager for five Wing Command Chiefs within the state.

Chief Williams enlisted in the Air Force in May of 1989 as an F-16 Tactical Aircraft Maintenance. Apprentice. His backgrounds includes various positions within his career in Air Combat Command. Chief Williams’ past duty titles include F-16 Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, F-16 Aircraft Maintenance Quality Assurance Inspector, Maintenance Squadron First Sergeant, Wing First Sergeant, Wing Human Resource Advisor, Maintenance Group Superintendent, Senior Enlisted Leader, Joint Staff, Joint Force Headquarters, Sacramento, California. Chief Williams has deployed in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, SOUTHERN WATCH, CORONET NIGHTHAWK, Sentry Eagle, WSEP, Joint Task Force Vigilant, Southwest Boarder Mission, and California COVID-19 Joint Task Force mission. Prior to his current assignment, Chief Williams was assigned as Wing Command Chief, 144th Fighter Wing, Fresno California.

In his civilian capacity, Chief Williams is a retired Parole Agent and served Fresno for 21 years. He held positions within his department on the California Fugitive Apprehension Team, and Global Position System Violent Sex Offenders Unit. Chief Williams is also employed by Fresno City College as a criminal justice adjunct instructor and Recruit Training Officer for the police academy.

Education

  • 1989 Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base (AFB), Texas
  • 1990 F-16 Tactical Aircraft Maintenance School, Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • 1990 F-16 Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Follow-on Training, Hill AFB, Utah
  • 1992 Airman Leadership School, Fresno Air National Guard Base (ANGB), Calif.
  • 2000 I.G. Brown Air National Guard Noncommissioned Officer Satellite Academy, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tenn.
  • 2003 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy Correspondence Course
  • 2003 Contemporary Base Issues Course, Fresno ANGB, Calif.
  • 2005 Human Resources Advisor Course, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tenn.
  • 2008 Diversity of Champions Course, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • 2012 ANG Chief Executive Course, Andrews AFB, MD
  • 2013 Aircraft Maintenance Plans and Scheduling Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • 2017 Chief Leadership Course, Maxwell Gunter AFB, Ala.
  • 2017 Bachelors of Criminal Justice, University of Phoenix, Fresno, Calif.
  • 2017 Associate’s degree Aircraft Plans and Scheduling, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
  • 2020 Contemporary Base Issues Course (CBI), Fresno Air National Guard Base (ANGB), Calif.
  • 2020 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME I)
  • 2020 Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) Phase I, II, Correspondence

Assignments

  • May 1989 – Nov 1995, F-16 Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Crew Chief, 144th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Fresno ANGB, Calif.
  • Nov 1995 – Aug 2000, Aircraft Maintenance Inspector, 144th Maintenance Group, Fresno ANGB, Calif.
  • Aug 2000 – Sep 2004, Aircraft Maintenance Squadron First Sergeant, 144th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Fresno ANGB, Calif.
  • Sep 2004 – Nov 2005, Wing First Sergeant, 144th Fighter Wing, Fresno ANGB, Calif.
  • Nov 2005 – Jul 2009, Wing Human Resources Advisor, 144th Fighter Wing, Fresno ANGB, Calif.
  • Jul 2009 – Aug 2017, Maintenance Operations Flight Superintendent, 144th Maintenance Operations Flight, Fresno ANGB, Calif.
  • Aug 2017- Sep 2018, Maintenance Group Superintendent, 144th Maintenance Group, Fresno ANGB, Calif.
  • Sep 2018 to January 2020, Maintenance Operations Flight Superintendent, 144th Maintenance Operations Flight, Fresno ANGB, Calif.
  • January 2020 to January 2021, Senior Enlisted Leader, Joint Staff, California Joint Force Headquarters, Sacramento, Calif.
  • January 2021 to July 2021, Wing Command Chief, 144th Fighter Wing, Fresno ANGB, Calif. 
  • July 2021 to Present, State Command Chief, California Air National Guard, Headquarters, California Air National Guard, Sacramento, Calif. 

Major Awards and Decorations

  • Meritorious Service Medal with two three leaf clusters
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three silver oak leaf cluster clusters
  • Air Force Reserves Forces Meritorious Service Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • California Commendation Medal two oak leaf clusters

Other Achievements 

  • 1993 144th Fighter Wing Outstanding Airman of the Year
  • 1995 144th Fighter Wing Outstanding NCO of the Year
  • 2001 144th Aircraft Maintenance First Sergeant of the Year
  • 2002 144th Fighter Wing First Sergeant of the Year
  • 2003 144th Fighter Wing First Sergeant of the Year
  • 2004 California Air National Guard First Sergeant of the Year
  • 2015 President Wing Chief’s Council

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • California Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States Air Force Association

Effective Dates of Promotions

  • Airman First Class May 15, 1989
  • Senior Airman Jan. 1, 1991
  • Staff Sergeant Feb. 1, 1993
  • Technical Sergeant May 1, 1996
  • Master Sergeant Sep. 9, 2000
  • Senior Master Sergeant Sep. 9, 2005
  • Chief Master Sergeant Sep. 9, 2009

(Current as of August 2021)