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Chief Master Sergeant Michael R. Francis

CMSgt Michael FrancisChief Master Sergeant Michael R. Francis serves as the Command Chief of the New Jersey Air National Guard.  He enlisted in the United Sates Navy in January 1973 and graduated Basic Military Training at Naval Recruit Training Center, Orlando, Florida in August 1973.  After graduating Photographer’s Mate “A” School at the Naval Technical Training Unit, Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida he was assigned to the USS Vulcan, AR-5.  Subsequently he served as an Enlisted Intelligence Assistant to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard, while serving in the Naval Reserves and was discharged in 1979. 

In June of 1983, he joined the New Jersey Air National Guard.  After graduating from the Security Police Academy at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Chief Francis was assigned to 177th Security Police Flight.  He was activated on September 11th, 2001 to support of Operations NOBEL EAGLE and was deployed in support of Operations ENDURING and IRAQI Freedom.  His assignments included Antiterrorism NCOIC, Investigations NCOIC, Security Forces Manager, and Operations Superintendent at Sather Air Base, Baghdad International Airport, Iraq and the Command Chief at the 177th Fighter Wing, Egg Harbor Township, NJ. 

He has worked with New Jersey’s state partnership nation Albania where he has instructed on the duties and responsibilities of a Non Commissioned Officers and continues to support the Satellite Non Commissioned Officer Academy.  He began his current assignment as the Command Chief, Joint Force Headquarters New Jersey Air National Guard in June of 2009.


1973       Basic Military Training, Naval Recruit Training Center, Orlando, FL
1973       Photographer’s Mate “A” School at NTTU, Pensacola NAS, FL
1978       Enlisted Intelligence Training, Fleet Intel Training Center Pacific, San Diego, CA
1983       Security Police Academy, Lackland AFB, TX
1983       Associate Degree, Criminal Justice, Atlantic Community College, Mays Landing, NJ
1989       Noncommissioned Officer Leadership School, Little Rock AFB, AK
1991       Associate Degree, Industrial Security, Community College of the Air Force
1996       Baccalaureate Degree, Law Enforcement, Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ
1997       NJ Chiefs of Police West Point Command Leadership Program, Princeton, NJ
1998       Noncommissioned Officer Academy, McGhee Tyson ANGB, TN
2001       Master Degree, Administration, Fairleigh Dickerson University, Teaneck, NJ
2001       Antiterrorism Level II Training, Nellis AFB, NV
2002       USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Correspondence
2006       Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course, Gunter Annex, Montgomery Alabama
2006       Chief Master Sergeant Executive Course, Arlington, Virginia
2007       Command Chief Master Sergeant Course, Lackland AFB, TX


  1. Jul 1973 - Aug 1973, trainee, BMT, Naval Training Center, Orlando, FL
  2. Aug 1973- Dec 1973, trainee, Photographer’s “A” School at NTTU, Pensacola NAS, FL
  3. Dec 1973 - Jul   1977, Photographer’s Mate, USS Vulcan AR-5
  4. Jul 1977 - Jan 1979, Naval Reserves, Intelligence Assistant, DIAHQ, Phila., PA
  5. Jan 1979 – Jun 1983 Separated from the Military
  6. Jun 1983 - May 1985 Close in Sentry, 177th Security Police Flight
  7. May 1985 - Feb 1991 Priority Area Entry Controller, 177th Security Police Squadron
  8. Feb 1991 - May 1994, NCOIC Law Enforcement Patrol, 177th Security Police Squadron
  9. May 1994 – December 1997, NCOIC Administration and Reports, 177th Security Forces Squadron
  10. Dec 1997- Apr 2005, Military Police Operations NCOIC, 177th Security Forces Squadron
  11. Mar 2005- Sep 2005, Operations Superintendent, 447th AEG, Sather Air Base, Baghdad IAP, Iraq
  12. Apr 2005 - Jan 2007, Security Forces Manager, 177th Security Forces Squadron
  13. Jan 2007-  Jun 2009, Command Chief, 177th Fighter Wing
  14. Jun 2009 – Present, Command Chief, New Jersey Air National Guard


Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with three bronze oak leaves
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Navy “E” Award
Navy Good Conduct Medal
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal with two bronze stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Award
Air Force Expeditionary Service Award with gold boarder
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hour glass and “M” Device
Air Force PME Graduate Ribbon with bronze oak leaf
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with bronze star
New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal
New Jersey Commendation Medal
New Jersey Ribbon of Honor
New Jersey Good Conduct
New Jersey Merit Award
New Jersey Desert Storm Medal
New Jersey Governor’s Unit Award
New Jersey Unit Strength Award


1999 Founder, South Jersey Chapter, Police Unity Tour
2001 Team Award, 177th FW Distant Learning Team
2002 Air National Guard Outstanding Satellite NCO Academy On-Site Instructor of the Year 
2003 Air Force CEPME On-Site Instructor of the Year   
2005 18th Military Police Brigade, Army Combat Patch
2005 177th Security Forces Squadron, Leadership Award
2005 Outstanding NCO ANG, Enlisted Association National Guard of New Jersey
2006 Meritorious Service Award, National Guard Association of the United States
2006 SNCO of the Year State of New Jersey


(Current as of June 2011)

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