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Command Chief Master Sergeant Benjamin Williams

Command Chief Master Sergeant, Air

Chief Master Sergeant Benjamin M. Williams currently serves as the State Command Chief Master Sergeant, JFHQ-TN, Nashville, Tenn. He represents the highest level of enlisted leadership for the Tennessee Air National Guard. He is the principal advisor to the Assistant Adjutant General and is the focal point for activities affecting the enlisted force, to include operations, readiness, training, utilization, morale, technical / professional development and the overall quality of life for all enlisted members in the Tennessee Air National Guard.

Chief Williams entered into military service in March 1984, with the United States Marine Corps, where he served in the field of logistics and marksmanship instruction. His assignments include Camp Pendleton Calif. and Okinawa Japan. After his active-duty enlistment, Chief Williams pursued a civilian career in law enforcement, where he has been serving for over 25 years. He is currently a Lieutenant with the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) in the Support Services Division. While serving with the THP, he was part of the adjunct staff at the THP training academy. He has also worked and supervised field operations, served as the Commander of the Honor Guard and was an EOD/Hazmat Technician for the Special Operations Division.

Chief Williams returned to military service in March 2001 with the Tennessee Air National Guard and was assigned to the 118th Aerial Port Squadron, 118th Wing, located in Nashville, Tenn. Chief Williams has served as a Squadron and Wing First Sergeant, MSG Group Superintendent and Command Chief for 118th Wing. Chief Williams was selected to serve in his current position as the State Command Chief, JFHQ-TN October 2020.



1986    Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership Course, Camp Pendleton, Calif, by correspondence

1997    Tennessee Highway Patrol Training Academy, Nashville, Tenn.

2002    Northwestern Police School of Staff and Command, THP Training Academy, Nashville, Tenn.

2003    Weapons of Mass Destruction COBRA Hazmat Technician Course, Department of Homeland Security, Aniston, Ala.

2003    Hazardous Materials Technician Course, Nashville Fire Academy, Nashville, Tenn.

2004    Tactical Operations Course, THP, Erwin, Tenn.

2004    Weapons of Mass Destruction Operations Level Tactical Operations Course, Department of Homeland Security, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

2004    Hazardous Materials Emergency Management for Railroad Incidents, Transportation Technology Center, Pueblo, Colo.

2004    Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism Advance Course, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, Nashville, Tenn.

2004    Basic Clandestine Laboratory Safety, Network Environmental Systems, Memphis, Tenn.

2004    Weapons of Mass Destruction Incident Management/Unified Command, Department of Homeland Security, Dickson, Tenn.

2005    Master Tactical Operations Course, THP, Erwin, Tenn.

2005    Hazardous Device Basic Course, Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

2006    Weapons of Mass Destruction Tactical Commanders Course, Performance Level, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

2009    Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

2009    Bachelors of Science, Criminal Justice, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tenn.

2011    United States Air Force First Sergeant Academy, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.

2012    Senior Enlisted Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

2014    Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va., byCorrespondence.

2016    Chief Master Sergeant Executive Course 2016-5, Joint Base Andrews, Md.

2016    Command Chief Orientation Course 16-04, Lackland AFB, Tex.

2016    Vanderbilt Executive Leadership Course, Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tenn.

2017    Associate of Applied Science, Human Resources Management, Community College of theAir Force

2017    Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II, (JKO), Suffolk, Va., byCorrespondence

2017    Continuous Process Improvement for Executives, Durham NC.

2018    Enterprise Perspective Seminar, Washington DC.

2019    Reserve Component National Security Course, National Defense University, Washington, DC.

2021    USAF Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course (21A), Joint Base Andrews, Md.

2022    Leadership In Homeland Security, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Ma.



1. March 1984 – March 1988: United States Marine Corps, Active Duty

2. March 2001 – June 2010: Air Transportation, 118th Aerial Port Squadron, 118th Air Wing Nashville, Tenn.

3. June 2010 – November 2012: First Sergeant, 118th Aeromedical Squadron, 118th Air Wing Nashville, Tenn.

4. November 2012 – September 2015: First Sergeant, 118th Wing, Nashville, Tenn.

5. September 2015 – December 2015: Group Superintendent, 118th Mission Support Group, 118th Air Wing, Nashville, Tenn.

6. December 2015 – October 2020: Command Chief, 118th Wing, Nashville, Tenn.

7. October 2020 – Present: State Command Chief, JFHQ-TN, Nashville, Tenn.



Meritorious Service Medal

Air and Space Commendation Medal

Air and Space Achievement Medal

Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award

Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal

Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters

National Defense Service Medal

Global War on TerrorismSea Service Deployment Ribbon

Air Force and Space Longevity Service Award 1 Oak Leaf Cluster

Developmental Special Duty Ribbon

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 Hourglass

Air Force Training Ribbon



Tennessee National Guard Volunteer Ribbon



Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States

Air Force Sergeants Association

Tennessee State Troopers Association



May 1986, Meritorious Mast, United States Marine Corps

November 1986, Meritorious Mast, United States Marine Corps

December 2011, First Sergeant of the Year, 118th Airlift Wing



USMC Private First Class – Sergeant     June 22, 1984 – March 27, 1990

Staff Sergeant                                             March 29, 2001

Technical Sergeant                                    Aug. 01, 2006

Master Sergeant                                        Aug. 02, 2010

Senior Master Sergeant                           Nov. 01, 2012

Chief Master Sergeant                              Sept. 15, 2015


(Current as of January 2023)