Chief Master Sergeant Kevin A. Paul Jr. is the Command Chief, 557th Weather Wing, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He advises the Commander on all issues regarding health, welfare, morale and effective utilization of more than 1,450 personnel serving at 19 locations around the world. The 557th Weather Wing provides centralized weather products and services; including climatological and space weather support to Air Force, Army, Joint Force and other Department of Defense activities enabling air and space superiority, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, rapid global mobility, global strike and command and control in support of all geographic and functional combatant commands. Chief Paul entered the Air Force in July, 2000. In March 2001, he graduated the 28-week Intelligence Applications course at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas.
Chief Paul has served in a variety of all-source analysis and targeting roles in Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, and Pacific Air Forces. Additionally, he deployed eight times to the African, European, Southwest Asian, and Pacific theaters. He also served as a MAJCOM Functional Manager.
Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the Senior Enlisted Advisor, 1st Joint Special Operations Air Component, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
2001 Intelligence Applications Course, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas
2004 Combat Targeting Course, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
2004 Airman Leadership School, Osan Air Base (AB), Republic of Korea
2005 Associates in Applied Science Degree in Communications Application Technology, CCAF
2006 Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Operations Course, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
2010 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Intel Studies, American Military University, Charles Town, W.Va.
2011 Noncommissioned Officer Academy (Distinguished Graduate), Kadena AB, Japan
2011 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course, National Defense University
2012 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy. Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, by correspondence
2012 Professional Manager’s Certification, Air University
2014 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala.
2016 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course II, National Defense University
2016 Master of Arts Degree in Management, American Military University, Charles Town, W.Va.
2018 Chief Leadership Course, Maxwell-Gunter Annex, Ala.
2020 Senior Enlisted Legal Orientation, Maxwell AFB, by correspondence
2021 Alan L. Freed Associates, Emerging Technology Seminar, Alexandria, Va.
1. July 2000 – September 2000, Trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
2. September 2000 – March 2001, Student, Intelligence Applications Course, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
3. April 2001 - May 2002, Intelligence Analyst, 437th Operations Support Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C. (October 2001 – November 2001, Intelligence Analyst, 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Ramstein AB, Germany; February 2002 – May 2002, Intelligence Analyst, 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Rhein-Main AB, Germany)
4. May 2002 – January 2004, NCOIC, Intelligence Flight, 16th Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C. (September 2002 – December 2002, Intelligence Analyst, 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Rhein-Main AB, Germany; May 2003 – September 2003, 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Rhein-Main AB, Germany)
5. February 2004 – February 2005, Target Development Analyst, 607th Air Intelligence Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
6. February 2005 – February 2008, NCOIC Targets and Plans Intelligence, 23rd Operations Support Squadron, Pope AFB, N.C. (June 2006 – November 2006, Intelligence NCO, Operations Directorate, Combined Forces CommandAfghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan)
7. February 2008 – February. 2009, NCOIC, Tactical Assessment, 607th Air Operations Center, Osan AB, Republic of Korea.
8. March 2009 – April 2010, NCOIC, Intelligence Training and Readiness, 374th Operations Group, Yokota AB, Japan. (October 2009 – April 2010, Reports Officer, Joint Interrogation and Debriefing Center, Camp Cropper, Baghdad, Iraq; November 2010 – June 2011, Counterterrorism Officer, US Embassy-Bangkok, Thailand)
9. April 2012 – April 2013, DART Flight Chief, 6th Intelligence Squadron, 694th Intelligence Group, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
10. June 2013 – July 2016, MAJCOM Functional Manager, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Directorate, Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, Ramstein AB, Germany (October 2015 – April 2016, Senior Enlisted Leader, Intelligence Directorate, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti)
11. July 2016 – June 2017, Superintendent, Detachment 1, 303rd Intelligence Squadron, 694th ISR Group and Senior Enlisted Leader, Special United States Liaison Advisor Korea Engagement and Policy, United States Army Garrison Yongsan, Republic of Korea
12. June 2017 – September 2019, Chief Enlisted Manager, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Directorate, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, La.
13. September 2019 – August 2020, Senior Enlisted Advisor, 1st Joint Special Operations Air Component, Ft. Bragg, N.C.
14. August 2020 – Present, Command Chief, 557th Weather Wing, Offutt AFB, Neb.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Army Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Army Achievement Medal
2007 23 Fighter Group Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
2008 607 Air Operations Center ISR Division Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
2010 374 Operations Group Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
2011 374 Operations Group Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
2012 480 ISR Wing Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter, 3rd Quarter
2012 694 ISR Group Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
2013 HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA/A2 Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
2015 Air Force Association’s Medal of Merit
2015 HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA/A2 AFISRAP Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year