Washington State Command Chief

Chief Master Sergeant Trisha D. Almond

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Chief Master Sergeant Trisha D. Almond is the Washington State Senior Enlisted Advisor for Headquarters, Camp Murray, Washington National Guard. She represents the highest level of enlisted leadership for the Washington National Guard and is responsible for the welfare, readiness, morale, development, and care for over 7500 enlisted personnel of the Washington National Guard.

Chief Almond entered the Air Force in 1988 as a Command and Control Battle Manager.  Her extensive background in air defense includes serving as the NCOIC of Combat Training and then further advancing to the NCOIC of Standards and Evaluation Division at the Western Air Defense Sector.  She has participated in OPERATION NOBLE EAGLE, working under 1st Air Force and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. She routinely augmented the 1st Air Force Standards and Evaluation Branch by evaluating other unit’s combat readiness and effectiveness throughout the United States.  In September 1997 she joined the Washington Air National Guard as an Active Guard Reserve member and has served as a Flight Superintendent and as the Operations Superintendent at the Sector.  Additionally, she spent 15 months serving as the Washington National Guard’s Joint Operations Center Senior Enlisted Leader and two and half years as the Washington Air National Guard State Command Chief.  Her assignments include bases in California and Washington. 

EDUCATION

1993 Airman Leadership School, March AFB, California

1999 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, McGhee Tyson AS, Tennessee – Distinguished Graduate

2002 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy via correspondence

2008 Air National Guard – Chief’s Executive Course

2008 Joint Senior Enlisted Professional Military Education via correspondence

2009 Chief’s Leadership Course

2009 Contemporary Base Issues Course

2009 ANG Diversity Champions Course

2010 Graduated - Community College of the Air Force

2011 AFSO21 Executive Course

2011 COMAFFOR Course

2012 Air National Guard’s Leadership Challenge Program

2012 Completed 10 FEMA National Incident Management Courses

2012 Professional Manager Certificate

2013 Attended Reserve Component National Security Course

2013 ANG Command Chief Orientation Course

2013 Active Duty Command Chief Orientation Course   

2014 Facilitated Air National Guard Command Chief Orientation Course (November 2014 – Present)

2014 KEYSTONE Joint Command SEL Course, National Defense University, Ft. McNair, Washington, DC

2010 Associates of Arts Degree, Pierce College, WA

2011 Bachelor of Arts Degree, Organizational Leadership, Brandman University, CA

2014 Masters of Science Degree, Human Resource Management, Brandman University, CA

ASSIGNMENTS

1. October 1988 – December 1988, trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, TX

2. December 1988 – January 1989, student, Aerospace and Control Warning Systems Operator, Keesler Air Force Base, MS

3. January 1989, student, Aerospace and Control Warning Systems Operator, Tyndall Air Force Base, FL

4. January 1989 - February 1995, Identification Technician, Southwest Air Defense Sector, March Air Force Base, CA

5. March 1995 – Present, various positions, Western Air Defense Sector, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA

6. Jan 2012 – May 2013, M-Day Senior Enlisted Leader, WA National Guard Joint Force Headquarters

7.  May 2013 – Present, Command Chief, Washington Air National Guard

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Enlisted Association of the National Guard

National Guard Association of Washington, State Vice President, 2011-2013

National Guard Association of Washington, State President, 2013 – 2015

Air Force Sergeants Association

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

1995 Western Sector Airmen of the Year

1995 1st Air Force Airmen of the Year

1997 Western Sector NCO of the Year

1999 Distinguished Graduate Noncommissioned Officer Academy, McGhee Tyson AS, Tennessee

2001 Western Sector SNCO of the Year

2001 McChord Field Air Force Association SNCO of the Year

EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION

Chief Master Sergeant Feb 01, 2007

(Current as of Sep 2015)

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