Chief Master Sergeant Kevin S. Thomas is the South Carolina Military Department’s 13th Command Senior Enlisted Leader and 1st Air Guard member to serve in this role. He also serves as the 13th State Command Chief Master Sergeant of the South Carolina Air National Guard. CMSgt Thomas is the principal enlisted advisor to The Adjutant General and Assistant Adjutant for Air and is the leader for more than 9,000 Air and Army enlisted personnel. His responsibilities include leading the enlisted force and advising The Adjutant General on all matters affecting the readiness, training, professional development and effective utilization of assigned enlisted personnel and coordinating with the joint headquarters staff, commanders, and senior personnel on administration and implementation of command policy.
Chief Thomas enlisted in the United States Air Force in August 1992 and graduated from Security Specialist Technical School, located at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, December 1992. During his time on active duty, Chief Thomas was stationed at Kleine Brogel Air Base, Belgium as a custodial agent and at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson Arizona where he served as a security response team leader. In 1996, Chief Thomas enlisted in the South Carolina Air National Guard. During his time at the 169th Security Forces Squadron, he served in several critical roles including fire team leader, squad leader and unit career advisor. While in the 169th SFS, he deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM to Southwest Asia in support of the Global War on Terrorism for which he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor. Chief Thomas also deployed in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE to Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro, North Carolina. In his civilian capacity, Chief Thomas is an award-winning medical device sales executive. Chief Thomas previously served as the human resource advisor for the 169th Fighter Wing.
Chief Thomas serves his community in numerous capacities which include; co-founder and board chairman of Midlands STEM Institute, a public charter school in Winnsboro, South Carolina; co-chairman of the Save A Leg, Save A Life Upstate South Carolina Chapter, a nonprofit limb salvage organization; and as a site leader with Salkehatchie Summer Service, an organization that provides warmer, safer and drier homes for the underprivileged. Prior to assuming his current position, Chief Thomas was the Superintendent for the 169th Mission Support Group, McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina.
1992 Security Specialist Technical School, Lackland AFB, Texas
1997 Airman Leadership School, Hanscomb AFB, Mass.
1997 Associates in Applied Science, Security Administration, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.
1998 Security Police Urban Warfare School, Camp Gruber, Okla.
2000 Bachelor of Science, Sports Administration, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.
2003 Security Police Craftsman Course, Lackland AFB, Texas
2006 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, by correspondence
2009 USAF Senior NCO Academy, by correspondence
2010 Masters in Business Administration, International Business, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, S.C.
2010 Diversity Champions, Charlotte, N.C.
2011 Leadership Challenge Program - Level 2, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich.
2011 Human Resource Advisor Orientation Course, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
2011 Four Lenses, Nashville, Tenn.
2015 Air National Guard Chief’s Executive Course, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
2015 Contemporary Base Issues, Charlotte, N.C.
2015 Professional Manager Certification, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.
2016 Reserve Component National Security Course, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
2016 Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century Executive Leadership Course, Knoxville, Tenn.
2016 Senior Joint Professional Military Education, by correspondence
1. September 1992 - December 1992, Student, Security Specialist Technical School, Lackland AFB, Texas
2. December 1992 - February 1995, Custodial Agent, 617th Munitions Support Squadron, Kleine Brogel AB, Belgium
3. March 1995 - August 1996, Security Response Team Leader, 355th Security Police Squadron Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
4. August 1996 - October 2001, Fire Team Leader, 169th Security Forces Squadron, McEntire ANGB, S.C.
5. November 2001 - January 2002, Fire Team Leader, Seymour-Johnson AFB, N.C.
6. February 2002 - May 2002, Fire Team Leader, 169th Security Forces Squadron, McEntire ANGB, S.C. 7. June 2002 - September 2002, Fire Team Leader, Manas AB, Kyrgyzstan 8. October 2002 - May 2007, Fire Team Leader, 169th Security Forces Squadron, McEntire JNGB, S.C.
9. June 2007 - February 2010, Squad Leader, 169th Security Forces Squadron, McEntire JNGB, S.C
10. March 2010 - June 2015, 169th Wing Human Resource Advisor, McEntire JNGB, S.C
11. July 2015 - May 2016, 169th Mission Support Group Superintendent, McEntire JNGB, S.C
12. June 2016 - Present, State Command Chief, South Carolina Air National Guard, McEntire JNGB, S.C
13. September 2020 – Present, State Command Senior Enlisted Advisor, South Carolina National Guard, Columbia, S.C.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with valor device and oak leaf cluster
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal with bronze service star
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States - Life Member
National Guard Association of South Carolina - Life Member
Air Force Association - Life Member
National Guard Association of the United States - Associate Member
1997 169th Security Forces Squadron Airmen of the Year, South Carolina Air National Guard
2005 169th Security Forces Squadron NCO of the Year, South Carolina Air National Guard
2005 South Carolina Air National Guard Unit Career Advisor of the Year, South Carolina Air National Guard
2011 NCO Academy Graduate Association Top Recruiter Award
2014 Region 4 Human Resource Advisor of the Year
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Master Sergeant, August 2007
Senior Master Sergeant, August 2010
Chief Master Sergeant, February 2015
Command Chief Master Sergeant, June 2016
(Current as of November 2020)