Chief Master Sergeant Cynthia Villa is Command Chief, Fourth Air Force, March Air Reserve Base, California.
As the senior enlisted leader, she is the commander’s primary advisor regarding the welfare, morale, operational readiness, and discipline of the enlisted force. Fourth Air Force has command supervision over the Reserve’s long-range airlift and air refueling units located throughout the continental U.S., Hawaii, and Guam. Fourth Air Force is dedicated to ensuring assigned units and personnel are properly organized, trained and equipped, and ready to support national security requirements across the full spectrum of operations, from war to contingency situations. Fourth Air Force provides leadership, management, and oversight to 18 flying wings and one regional support group, which provide strategic airlift, airdrop, aeromedical, air refueling, and associated expeditionary support activities. Fourth Air Force’s responsibilities encompass 300 units and more than 32,000 personnel.
Chief Villa entered the Air Force in 1993 through Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Upon completion of technical school, she was assigned to the 93rd Supply Squadron, 93rd Bombardment Wing, Castle AFB, Calif.
In 1999, Chief Villa relocated to March ARB, Calif., as a Health Services Manager with the 452nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron. Her career encompasses a myriad of leadership roles in the medical, administrative, and special duty career fields, and she has mobilized and deployed in direct support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.
In her civilian capacity, Chief Villa is an Engineering Asset Operations Manager for a major aerospace corporation within the State of California that develops and supplies various classified weapon systems and platforms for the Department of Defense. Prior to her current assignment, Chief Villa served as Command Chief, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March ARB, Calif.
1993 Air Force Basic Military Training School, Lackland AFB, Texas
1993 Inventory Management Specialist Course, Lowry AFB, Colo.
2000 Health Services Administration Specialist Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2002 Air Force Airman Leadership School, by correspondence
2002 Associate in Applied Science, Correctional Science, Chaffey Community College, Calif.
2003 Associate in Applied Science, Health Care Management, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala.
2004 Bachelor of Science, Social Sciences, California State University, San Bernardino, Calif.
2005 Air Force Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
2008 SNCO Leadership and Development Course, Travis AFB, Calif.
2008 Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Gunter AFB, Ala.
2009 International Senior Leadership Course, Sion Air Base, Switzerland
2011 Air Force First Sergeant Academy, Gunter AFB, Ala.
2012 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, National Defense University
2012 Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix, Ariz. 2014 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala.
2015 Human Resource Management, Community College of the Air Force
2015 Professional Managers Certification, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala. 2015 NATO SNCO Orientation Course, NATO School, Oberammergau, Germany
2016 Air Force Reserve Command Chief Orientation Course, Robins AFB, Ga.
2018 Middle East & South Asia Seminar, Washington, D.C.
2018 Air Force Reserve Command Chief Orientation Course, Robins AFB, Ga.
2018 Air Force Reserve Component National Security Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley McNair, Washington, D.C.
2018 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II, National Defense University
2018 Leading Strategically Course, Center for Creative Learning, Colorado Springs, Co.
2019 Senior Enlisted Legal Orientation Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2019 Chief Leadership Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala.
2020 National and International Security Leadership Seminar, Washington, D.C.
2021 Enterprise Perspective Seminar, Alexandria, Va.
1. November 1993 - October 1994, Inventory Management Specialist, 93rd Supply Squadron, Castle AFB, Calif.
2. November 1999 - March 2011, Health Services Management, 452nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron, March ARB, Calif.
(Deployed April 2003 - May 2003, Health Services Management, 452nd Aeromedical Staging Facility, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.)
(Deployed May 2004 - September 2004, Health Services Management/Command and Control, 89th Aeromedical Staging Facility, Andrews AFB, Md.)
(Deployed July 2010 - October 2010, Health Services Management Craftsman, 86th Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility, Ramstein Air Base, Germany)
3. March 2011 - June 2012, First Sergeant, 452nd Communication Squadron, March ARB, Calif.
4. June 2012 - November 2014, First Sergeant, 752nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, March ARB, Calif.
5. December 2014 - December 2015, First Sergeant 349th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Travis AFB, Calif.
6. December 2015 - August 2017, Administration Functional Manager and Wing Staff Superintendent, March ARB, Calif.
7. August 2017 - April 2019, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March ARB, Calif.
8. April 2019 - present, Command Chief Master Sergeant, Headquarters 4th Air Force, March ARB, Calif.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Reserve Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
Air Force Longevity Service with three oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two M devices
2009 Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, 452nd Air Mobility Wing
2009 Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, 4th Air Force
2013 First Sergeant of the Year, 452nd Air Mobility Wing
2015 First Sergeant of the Year, 349th Air Mobility Wing
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant May 01, 2016
(Current as of August 2021)