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CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT DANA L. CAPALDI

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Chief Master Sergeant Dana L. Capaldi is currently assigned to the 514th Air Mobility Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey where she serves as the Command Chief Master Sergeant. In this capacity, she is the Senior Enlisted Leader for approximately 2,000 enlisted personnel assigned to the wing. Chief Capaldi advises the 514th Air Mobility Wing Commander and senior staff on matters of health, welfare and morale of the Airmen.

Previously, Chief Master Sergeant Dana L. Capaldi served as the A3 Chief Enlisted Manager responsible for over 5000 Airman across AFRC. Chief Capaldi also was the Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command Aircrew Flight Equipment Functional Manager, responsible for managing Aircrew Flight Equipment resources, long-range programming and procurement, equipment maintenance, and program sustainment processes. Chief Capaldi determined current and future Aircrew Flight Equipment manning requirements for flying units at wing, group, and squadron locations throughout the command meeting combat objectives. She established and evaluated appropriate skill qualifications for both war and peacetime standards. She also forecasted annual Aircrew Flight Equipment operations and maintenance, aircrew chemical defense budget requirements, further analyzed funding support rates and execution trends and the annual AFE cost per flying hour target rates.

Chief Capaldi is a native of Centralia, Illinois; she graduated from Centralia High School in 1990 and entered the United States Air Force in August 1990. Capaldi has deployed numerous times in support of Operations DESERT STORM, DENY FLIGHT, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM. Chief Capaldi served as NCOIC, and superintendent at both the squadron, group, and MAJCOM level before becoming the Headquarters, AFRC Aircrew Flight Equipment Functional Manager and CEM.

EDUCATION
1995 Airman Leadership School, Resident, McConnell AFB, Kansas
1998 Associates Degree from Community College of the Air Force, Survival and Rescue
1998 Associates Degree from Butler County Community College, Eldorado, Kansas, Cum Laude
2001 Non-commissioned Officer Academy, Resident, McGee Tyson ANG, Tennessee
2006 Bachelor of Arts, Southwestern University, Winfield, Kansas, Magna Cum Laude
2010 USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Resident, Maxwell/Gunter AFB, Alabama
2011 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course, by correspondence
2016 Reserve Components National Security Course, Washington, D.C
2017 Contingency Wartime Planners Course, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2018 Chief Leadership Course, Maxwell/Gunter AFB, Alabama

2018 Master of Arts in Executive Leadership. Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia


ASSIGNMENTS
1. Aug 1990-Sept 1990, trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
2. Sept 1990-Oct 1990, student, Aircrew Life Support, Chanute AFB, Illinois
3. Oct 1990-July 1993, Aircrew Life Support, 305th Air Refueling Wing, Grissom AFB, Indiana
4. July 1993-Aug 1994, Aircrew Life Support, 380th Air Refueling Wing, Plattsburgh AFB, New York
5. Aug 1994-Dec 1995, Assistant NCOIC, Aircrew Life Support, 22d Air Refueling Wing, McConnell AFB, Kansas
6. Dec 1995-Oct 2001, Lead Trainer, Aircrew Life Support, 184th Bomb Wing, McConnell AFB, Kansas
7. Oct 2001-Dec 2003, Aircrew Life Support, 126th Air Refueling Wing, Scott AFB, Illinois
8. Dec 2003- Sept 2007, NCOIC Aircrew Life Support, 931st Air Refueling Group, McConnell AFB, Kansas
9. Sept 2007- Oct 2010, Superintendent, Aircrew Flight Equipment, 916th Air Refueling Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina
10. Oct 2010 – May 2016, Superintendent, Aircrew Flight Equipment, 413th Flight Test Group, Robins AFB, Georgia
11. May 2016- February 2018; Superintendent, Aircrew Flight Equipment; Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, Georgia

12. Feb 2018-Sept 2018, CEM and Functional Manager, Aircrew Flight Equipment, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, Georgia

13. Sept 2018-Present, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 514th Air Mobility Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey



MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster and silver oak leaf cluster
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster and one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Recognition Ribbon with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Armed Forces Reserve medal with three M devices and silver hourglass
Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
2004 Air Force Reserve Command Aircrew Life Support Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year
2004 Fourth Air Force Aircrew Life Support Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year
2008 916 Air Refueling Wing Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year
2008 Superintendent of Fourth Air Force and AFRC Aircrew Flight Equipment Program of the Year
2009 HQ Air Force Air Reserve Component Aircrew Flight Equipment SNCO of the Year
2009 Air Force Reserve Command Aircrew Life Support Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year
2009 Fourth Air Force Aircrew Life Support Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year
2010 Superintendent of 4th Air Force and AFRC Aircrew Flight Equipment Program of the Year
2011 Twenty Second Air Force Aircrew Flight Equipment SNCO of the Year
2014 HQ Air Force Air Reserve Component Aircrew Flight Equipment SNCO of the Year

2014 Air Force Reserve Command Aircrew Flight Equipment Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year


EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant – July 2016
(Current as of June 2018)