Command Chief Master Sergeant Charles (Chuck) W. Collier, Jr. was selected as the first Command Chief Master Sergeant of the California State Military Reserve on 1 June 2010. Prior to his appointment he served as Assistant to the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 146th Air Wing Support Unit, Channel Islands Air National Guard Station.
Command Chief Master Sergeant Collier was inducted into the United States Air Force on 23 August 1963. He performed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas as an Airman Third Class (Dorm Chief), then completed Basic Medical Training at Greenville AFB, MS, and Operating Room Specialist School at Gunter AFB, Alabama, prior to assignment with the 366th Medical Group, Barksdale, AFB, La. Where he served as an operating room technician; Airman In Charge (AIC), Emergency Room; and NCO In Charge, Orthopedic Clinic.
Having completing his USAF enlistment, followed by two years AF Reserve service as a Sergeant (E4), Command Chief Collier joined the144th Fighter Wing, Fresno, CA, first as a Legal Technician for the Judge Advocate General (JAG), and later transferred to the 144th USAF Clinic as a full-time Health Technician, reaching the grade of Master Sergeant (E-7). For two of the twelve years with the 144th Chief Collier was activated (1981-1982), as a Medical Inspector for the USAF Inspector General, in the Office of the AF Surgeon General, Air Force Inspection and Safety Center (AFISC), Norton AFB, CA. As a Medical he was teamed with senior medical personnel performing Health Management Medical Inspections (HSMI) for all Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve medical, and Air Evacuation Units covering the entire United States, Germany, Philippine Islands and Japan.
After release from his active duty tour, Command Chief Collier transferred to the 146th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES) and assigned as On The Job (OJT) Supt. In that role he was instrumental in providing that unit with an Excellent grade in their own HSMI, conducted by his former AFISC colleagues.
Several other positions held within the 146 AES, included Medical Training Supt, Standardization and Evaluations (STAN/EVAL) Supt, Flight Operations Supt, and Squadron Senior Enlisted Advisor.
In January, 2000, Command Chief Collier was activated and, assigned to Air Mobility Command Headquarters, Scott AFB, IL positioned as Air Evacuation (AE) Systems Analyst and Publications Editor. He was involved in the research, writing, editing and publishing of nine USAF (and Joint) AE Publications mandated for use worldwide from Jan 2000 through Dec 2001.
Concurrent during the years 1998 through 2003, Command Chief Collier was selected as a Senior Observer Controller (OC) for AE operations at the Joint Readiness and Training Center (JRTC), Ft. Polk, LA, and at Little Rock AFB, AR. This role required observation, control and evaluation of all AE operations during the exercises. Two of those assignments were during his assignment at Scott AFB. Other deployments and active duty assignments included Desert Shield/Storm and the Global War on Terrorism. He has held Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC) 90131, 90251, 70550, 90190, X90290 and X4N000. Command Chief Collier retired from the Air National Guard on 9 December 2003.
As a current member of the CSMR, Command Chief Collier has been deeply involved with the Military Emergency Management System (MEMS), completing online courses required for the basic, senior and master MEMS qualification badges and participated in Operation Golden Guardian 2008 as an Evaluator/Controller for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security.
Command Chief Master Sergeant is a graduate of the Air National Guard NCO Academy (The Honor Graduate) and the AF Sr. NCO Academy (Correspondence). He attended Humphrey’s College of Law, Fresno; holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from Fresno City College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology from California State University, Fresno, with graduate studies for his Master’s Degree in Criminology. He holds a Lifetime Teaching Credential, Administration of Justice/Police Science, State of California; and holds Peace Officers Standards & Training (P.O.S.T.), Basic and Intermediate Certificates.
Command Chief Master Sergeant has life memberships with the Air Force Association (AFA), Air Force Sergeant’s Association (AFSA), National Guard Association of the US (NGAUS), NCO Academy Graduates Association (NCOAGA); and has memberships with the Enlisted Air National Guard Association of the US (EANGUS), the Sergeants Major Association of California, Southern California Fraud Investigators Association, International Association of Special Investigation Units, Grand Terrace Area Chamber of Commerce, Lions Clubs International, Boy Scouts of America (Unit Commissioner, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster), Scottish-American Military Society (SAMS) (Vice Commander).
Command Chief Master Sergeant Collier’s military awards and decorations include the Master Aircrew Wings, Master Medical Badge, Basic Military Emergency Management System (MEMS) Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, AF Achievement Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award (with V and 4 attachments), Combat Readiness Medal (7 attachments) AF Good Conduct Medal, Air Reserve Forces Medal (4 attachments), National Defense Medal (2 attachments) Southwest Asia Service Medal (1 attachment), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Voluntary Service Medal, AF Longevity Ribbon (8 attachments), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (M and Gold attachment), AF NCO Professional Military Education Award, AF Expert Marksmanship Award (1 Attachment), AF Training Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (K), California Commendation Medal, California Good Conduct Medal (3 attachments), California Service Medal (gold redwood cluster), Enlisted Trainer’s Excellence Ribbon (1 attachment), Enlisted Excellence Ribbon (1 attachment), National Guard Federal Service Ribbon, State Service Ribbon, Senior Enlisted Leadership Ribbon, Drill Attendance Ribbon (5 attachments), Governor’s Outstanding Unit Citation, CASMR Professional Development Ribbon, CASMR Emergency Training Ribbon, CASMR Drill Attendance Ribbon.
Command Chief Master Sergeant Collier, of a three generation military family, resides in the cities of Grand Terrace and Highland. His father was a Bronze Star recipient during the Normandy Invasion, WWII, his wife Kristi is a Chief Flight Nurse, having served in SW Asia, his youngest son, a US Marine, has served in Afghanistan.