CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT JACOB C. SIMMONS
Chief Master Sgt. Jacob C. Simmons is the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 21st Space Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. He serves as the principal advisor to the commander of one of the Air Force's largest wings, geographically and organizationally, with 40 units at 34 locations. The wing consists of approximately 4,300 military, civilian and contract employees. Spanning the globe, this team provides missile warning and space control for combat forces and the national command authorities of the United States and Canada. He personally advises the commander and senior staff on military readiness, morale, quality of life and professional development and management of over 3,200 enlisted members.
Chief Master Sgt. Simmons entered the Air Force on May 1, 1992. He has served in a variety of progressively responsible positions at squadron, group, major command and air staff, as well as joint and multi-national duty within United States Southern Command, Air Force Space Command, United States Strategic Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. He has significant career field leadership and enlisted professional development experience and an extensive background in leveraging strategic and tactical space capabilities and effects. Chief Master Sgt. Simmons’ broad range and depth of aerospace expertise includes: Global Missile Warning and Homeland Defense, Space Control Systems, Military Satellite Communications, Global Positioning System, Operational Test and Evaluation, formal education and training, Aerospace Control and Warning Systems Drug Interdiction and Range Control operations, and manpower and assignment management. Prior to his current position, the chief was the Command Chief of the 461st Air Control Wing, Robins AFB, Ga.
1992 Aerospace Control and Warning Systems Initial Qualification Training, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
1995 Joint Maritime Command Information System, Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Va.
1997 Enlisted Space Operations Training, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
1997 Defense Support Program Training, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
2000 Space-Based Infrared Systems Commander Training, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
2000 Global Awareness Test Manager Course, Peterson AFB, Colo.
2000 Air Force Satellite Control Network Course, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2003 Defense Satellite Communication System Initial Qualification Training, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
2004 Advanced Space Operations School, National Security Space Institute, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2005 Space Studies Certification, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2006 Associate of Applied Science, Air & Space Operations Technology, Community College of the Air Force
2006 Space 300, National Security Space Institute, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2007 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, by correspondence
2010 Senior Enlisted Leader Course, Naval Justice School, NAS, Norfolk, Va.
2011 Global Positioning System Initial Qualification Training, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
2014 Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course, Air University, by correspondence
2015 Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course, Randolph AFB, Texas
2016 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II, by correspondence
2016 Air Force Smart Operations Executive Leadership Course, Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee
2016 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Fagler Business School, University of North Carolina
2018 Keystone Course, National Defense University, Washington D.C.
2018 Leading Millennials, Owen Graduate School, Vanderbilt University, Tenn.
1. May 1992–June 1992, Student, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
2. June 1992–August 1992, Student, Aerospace Control & Warning Systems, Keesler AFB, Miss.
3. August 1992–August 1993, AC&WS Technician, 554th Range Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
4. August 1993–May 1997, NCOIC, Operations Training Flight, 24th Air Support Operations Squadron, Howard AFB, Panama
5. May 1997–July 2000, Data/Ground Systems/Flight Chief, 2nd Space Warning Squadron, Buckley AFB, Colo.
6. July 2000–August 2002, Effectiveness Test Manager, 17th Test Squadron/Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Buckley AFB, Colo.
7. August 2002–October 2005, Flight Chief, Operations, 3rd Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB, Colo.
8. October 2005–November 2006, Flight Chief, Training & Evaluation, 50th Operations Support Squadron, Schriever AFB, Colo.
9. November 2006–June 2007, Manager, Defensive Space Control Systems, HQ AFSPC, Peterson AFB, Colo.
10. June 2007–November 2007, Manager, Space Superiority Operations, HQ AFSPC, Peterson AFB, Colo.
11. November 2007–April 2008, J3 Superintendent, Cheyenne Mountain Directorate, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo.
12. April 2008–April 2011, Superintendent, Joint Force Component Command Space Missile Warning Center, Cheyenne Mountain AFS, Colo.
13. April 2011–May 2012, Operations Superintendent, 50th Operations Support Squadron, Schriever AFB, Colo.
14. June 2012–August 2014, Chief, Space Professional Development & 1C6 Functional Manager, HQ AFSPC, Peterson AFB, Colo.
15. August 2014–June 2016, 1C6X1 Career Field Manager, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
16. June 2016–May 2018, Command Chief, 461st Air Control Wing, Robins AFB, Ga.
17. June 2018–present, Command Chief, 21st Space Wing, Peterson AFB, Colo.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
1995 24th Air Support Operations Squadron Airman of the Year
1996 Commandant Award, Airman Leadership School
2001 Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Noncommissioned Officer Augmentee of the Year
2002 Commandant Award and Distinguished Graduate, Noncommissioned Officer Academy
2004 3rd Space Operations Squadron Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
2004 50th Operations Group Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
2005 50th Operations Support Squadron Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
2005 50th Operations Group General Morrell Trophy
2005 Air Force Association, Brent C. Scowcroft Award
2006 Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Enlisted Space Operator of the Year
2007 Commandant Award and Distinguished Graduate, Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy
2008 Joint Functional Component Command for Space Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
2008 United States Strategic Command Twelve Outstanding Airmen of the Year
2009 Missile Warning Center Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
2009 United States Strategic Command Senior Noncommissioned Officer Enlisted Space Operator of the Year
2010 Joint Functional Component Command for Space Twelve Outstanding Airmen of the Year
2010 Joint Functional Component Command for Space Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
2011 Distinguished Graduate, Global Positioning System Initial Qualification Training
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman Basic May 1, 1992
Airman Nov. 1, 1992
Airman First Class Sept. 1, 1993
Senior Airman Nov. 1, 1994
Staff Sergeant Aug. 1, 1997
Technical Sergeant July 1, 2001
Master Sergeant July 1, 2004
Senior Master Sergeant March 1, 2008
Chief Master Sergeant April 1, 2012
(Current as of August 2018)