Chief Master Sergeant Corey J. Crow is the Command Chief, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing (U.S. European Command) and the 435th Air Expeditionary Wing (U.S. Africa Command), Ramstein Air Base, Germany. These specialized wings provide battlefield and expeditionary Airmen to combatant commanders and are capable of responding to humanitarian and contingency operations throughout the world. The two wings are comprised of 5 groups, 22 squadrons and 4 detachments, and more than 3,000 personnel at 11 operating locations between Germany, Italy, Poland, and across 5 airfields throughout East and West Africa.
The 435 AGOW Airmen build expeditionary airfields on demand, provide joint Airpower integration, enable multi-theater sustainment and support, deliver premier specialty training, and build partnership capacity. The 435 AEW Airmen and Guardians operate C-130, HH-60, MQ-9, and Guardian Angel weapons systems to conduct tactical airlift, personnel recovery, casualty evacuation, and multi-role attack operations. As the command chief, Chief Crow is the senior enlisted advisor to the wing commander and is responsible for the health and welfare, development, training and combat readiness, recognition, discipline, and effective utilization of the organization’s multi-capable force.
Chief Crow entered the Air Force in June 1999 immediately upon graduating from Cimarron High School in Lahoma, Okla. After Basic Military Training, he attended the Air Force Security Forces Academy Apprentice Course where he graduated with honors. He has served in various leadership positions at the detachment, squadron, and wing levels and has over 20 years of operational leadership and management experience within the Security Forces career field including an extensive background in nuclear security, law enforcement, integrated defense, and ground combat operations. The chief is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Airborne, Air Assault, Ranger, and Military Police Investigator schools; the U.S. Air Force Close Precision Engagement, Air Advisor, and Tactical Security Element courses; the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy, Session #258; and is a Distinguished Graduate of all three levels of U.S. Air Force enlisted Professional Military Education.
His assignments include bases in Georgia, Korea, Hawaii, New Mexico, England, and South Carolina with deployments to Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Niger, and United Arab Emirates in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, INHERENT RESOLVE, FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, and JUNIPER SHIELD. Prior to his current position, the chief was the Command Chief, 378th Air Expeditionary Wing, Prince Sultan Airbase, Saudi Arabia.
1999 Air Force Security Forces Academy Apprentice Course, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas (Distinguished Graduate)
2003 Associate of Science in Criminal Justice, Georgia Military College, Milledgeville
2003 Airman Leadership School, Robins AFB, Ga. (Distinguished Graduate and Leadership Award)
2004 U.S. Army Military Police Investigator School (MPI), Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. (Outstanding Physical Fitness Award)
2004 Police Sniper Advanced Skills and Tactics Course, Snipercraft, Inc., Sebring, Fla.
2005 Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.
2007 U.S. Air Force Close Precision Engagement Course (CPEC), Camp Robinson, Ark.
2009 Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice, American Military University, Charles Town, W. Va.
2009 U.S. Army Ranger School, Fort Benning, Ga.
2009 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Keesler AFB, Miss. (Distinguished Graduate)
2011 U.S. Air Force Air Advisor Academy, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
2012 Professional Manager Certification, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.
2012 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education I Course, National Defense University, Washington D.C., by correspondence
2013 Graduate Certificate in Administrative Leadership, College of Liberal Studies, University of Oklahoma, Norman
2013 Master of Arts, Administrative Leadership, University of Oklahoma, Norman
2013 U.S. Air Force Tactical Security Element Course (TSE), JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
2014 Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala. (Distinguished Graduate and Team Award)
2014 Master Certificate in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB), College of Professional Studies, Villanova University, Villanova, Pa.
2014 U.S. Army Airborne School, Fort Benning, Ga.
2014 U.S. Army Air Assault School, Fort Campbell, Ky.
2014 Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy (FBINA), Session #258, Quantico, Va.
2014 Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2015 Executive Certificate in Leadership, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.
2017 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II Course, National Defense University, Washington D.C., by correspondence
2017 Dynamics of International Terrorism (DIT), U.S. Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOS), Hurlburt Field, Fla.
2017 Intercultural Competencies for Special Operations Forces Course (ICSOF), USAFSOS, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
2018 Executive Certificate in Business Administration, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.
2018 Joint Special Operations Task Force I (JSOTF), Joint Special Operations University, MacDill AFB, Fla., by correspondence
2018 European Command Theater for Special Operations Forces Course (ETSOF), USAFSOS, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
2019 Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course (CLC), Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.
2019 Command Chief Master Sergeant (CCM) Training Course, JB Andrews, Md.
2020 Senior Enlisted Legal Orientation Course (SELO), Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2021 Africa Seminar, Alan L. Freed Associates, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.
2021 Africa/Eurasia CCM Pre-deployment Acculturation Course (CHIEFPAC), AFCLC, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala., by correspondence
1. June 1999 - July 1999, Trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
2. August 1999 - October 1999, Student, Air Force Security Forces Academy, Lackland AFB, Texas
3. October 1999 - April 2005, Investigator, Patrolman, Elite Gate Guard, 78 SFS, Robins AFB, Ga.
Deployed: November 2001 - February 2002, Search Team Member, 363 ESFS, Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia
Deployed: February 2003 - July 2003, Search Team Member, Response Force Member, 376 ESFS, Manas AB, Kyrgyzstan
Deployed: April 2003, Fire Team Member, 387 ESFF, Al Mafraq AB, Jordan
4. April 2005 - April 2006, Air Base Defense/Ground Combat Skills Instructor, 607 TRF (Commando Warrior GCRTC), Osan AB, Korea
5. May 2006 - May 2009, Flight Chief, Quality Control Evaluator, 15 SFS, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
Deployed: February 2008 - August 2008, NCOIC Special Actions Team, 386 ESFS, Ali Al Salem AB, Kuwait
6. May 2009 - May 2012, NCOIC WSSS, NCOIC Logistics, Flight Chief, 377 WSSS, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
Deployed: March 2011 - October 2011, Detachment Superintendent, Iraqi Air Advisor, 321 EMSAG, EDet 6, Joint Base Balad, Iraq
Deployed: October 2011 - December 2011, Detachment Superintendent, Iraqi Air Advisor, 321 EMSAG, EDet 7, Al Asad AB, Iraq
7. May 2012 - May 2015, Operations Superintendent, NCOIC Training, Flight Sergeant, 823 BDS and 822 BDS, Moody AFB, Ga.
Deployed: June 2013 - December 2013, Tactical Security Element Team Leader, AFOSI EDet 2405, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
8. May 2015 - October 2017, Security Forces Manager, 422 SFS, RAF Croughton, England
Deployed: April 2016 - November 2016, Squadron Superintendent, Security Forces Manager, 724 EABS, AB 201, Niger
9. Deployed: October 2017 - October 2018, Security Forces Manager, 380 ESFS, Al Dhafra AB, United Arab Emirates (permanent party)
10. October 2018 - June 2020, Security Forces Manager, 628 SFS, JB Charleston, S.C.
11. Deployed: June 2020 - June 2021, Command Chief, 378 AEW, Prince Sultan AB, Saudi Arabia
12. June 2021 - Present, Command Chief, 435 AGOW and 435 AEW, Ramstein AB, Germany
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Air Force Combat Action Medal
Meritorious Unit Award with nine oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with “V” device and eight oak leaf clusters
Air Force Recognition Ribbon with three oak leaf clusters
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
1999 Distinguished Graduate, Air Force Security Forces Academy
2003 Distinguished Graduate and Leadership Award, Airman Leadership School
2004 78 SFS Outstanding Security Forces Staff-level NCO of the Year
2006 15 SFS Outstanding Security Forces Flight-level NCO of the Year
2008 15 AW and Team Hickam NCO of the Year
2009 Distinguished Graduate, NCO Academy
2009 Alpha Phi Sigma inductee, National Honor Society
2009 377 SFS NCO of the Year
2010 AFMC Outstanding Security Forces Flight-level NCO of the Year
2011 AFNWC SNCO of the Year
2012 AFMC Outstanding Large Security Forces Squadron, 377 WSSS
2012 820 BDG Outstanding Security Forces Flight-level SNCO of the Year
2013 93 AGOW SNCO of the Year
2014 Distinguished Graduate and CMSgt Richard L. Etchberger Team Award, AFSNCO Academy
2016 501 CSW Outstanding Security Forces Staff-level SNCO of the Year
2017 USAFE Outstanding Small Security Forces Squadron, 422 SFS
2017 AFCENT Outstanding Medium Security Forces Squadron, 380 ESFS
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant Aug. 1, 2017
(Current as of December 2021)