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CMSgt. Mark A. Harris

Senior Enlisted Leader

CMSgt Mark A. Harris is the Senior Enlisted Leader (SEL) for the Tennessee National Guard. In this position, he is responsible for advising the Adjutant General on all enlisted matters affecting training and utilization, health of the force, and professional development of the more than 14,000 Tennessee National Guard Soldiers and Airmen.

CMSgt Harris was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and attended Volunteer State Community College prior to enlisting in the Tennessee Air National Guard at Berry Field ANGB in 1988. He was initially assigned as C-130 Crew Chief until selected as a Flight Engineer in 1990.While a traditional Guardsman, he was employed as a heating and air conditioning technician and later as a police officer.  In 2001, he became a full-time Guardsman.  During the C-130 schoolhouse operations, he served as Formal Training Unit (FTU) Flight Engineer Course Manager and additionally as Flight Engineer technician supervisor.  As the Operations Group transitioned from the C-130 to the MQ-9 Reaper, he assumed the role of Group Chief and cross-trained to sensor operator while establishing the foundation and developing personnel for Reaper Operations. In November 2013, Chief Harris was selected as the Wing Command Chief. In October 2015, he was selected to be the State Command Chief for the Tennessee Air National Guard. In July 2017, Chief Harris was selected as Senior Enlisted Leader (SEL) for the Tennessee National Guard.​


2016 Vanderbilt University Executive Leadership course

2016 Keystone Executive Command leadership course

2016  China, Middle East, and Europe Seminar

2015  University North Carolina Chapel Hill Enterprise Leadership Course

2015  DSCA Phase 1

2015   Air Force smart operations 21st century

2014  Command Chief Orientation Course

2013  Chief’s Executive Leadership Course

2013  Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education

2011  Associate Degree in Applied Science Aviation Operations, Community College of the Air Force

2011 Associate Degree in Applied Science Instructor of Technology and Military Science, CCAF

2008 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy

2001 Non-Commissioned Officer Academy


  • Meritorious Service Medal (2)
  • Air Medal (5)
  • Aerial Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Meritorious Unit Award
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor
  • Combat Readiness Medal
  • Air Reserve Force Meritorious Service Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Service Medal
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • AF Oversees Ribbon Short
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
  • Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal, two “M” devices
  • Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
  • Air Force Training Ribbon


September 1988: Crew Chief, 118th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Berry Field ANGB

February 1991: Flight Engineer, 105th Airlift Squadron, Berry FieldANGB

January 2004: Aircrew Training NCOIC,105th Airlift Squadron, Berry FieldANGB

August 2007: Flight Engineer Course Manager,118th Operations Group, Berry FieldANGB

February 2009: Flight Engineer Supervisor, 105th Airlift Squadron,Berry FieldANGB

February 2012: Group Chief/Sensor Operator, 118th Operations Group, Berry FieldANGB

November 2013: Command Chief,118th Wing, Berry FieldANGB

October 1st, 2015: Command Chief, Tennessee Air National Guard

July 25, 2017: Senior Enlisted Leader (SEL) Tenessee National Guard


Airman First Class  Oct 1, 1989

Senior Airman   July 1, 1990

Staff Sergeant   July 1, 1992

Technical Sergeant  Apr 1, 2000

Master Sergeant  April 1, 2002

Senior Master Sergeant  Mar 1, 2009

Chief Master Sergeant  Sept 1, 2011

Command Chief   Jan 1, 2014


Rating: Flight Engineer, civilian Pilot

Flight hours:  5,200 +

Aircraft flown: C-130E, C-130H1, C-130H2, WC-130H



(Current as of Feb. 2016)