Academic journal article Air Power History

New CMSAF Insignia

Academic journal article Air Power History

New CMSAF Insignia

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A new chief master sergeant of the Air Force insignia made its debut on November 1, 2004. The new insignia contains the Great Seal of the United States of America and two stars in the upper blue field. The chevrons and the laurel wreath surrounding the star in the lower blue field remain unchanged to retain the legacy of the stripe worn by all fourteen chief master sergeants of the Air Force.

Air Force enlisted insignias have evolved over the years, while maintaining the historical roots of the Airman star and chevrons. Today, each grade has a definable rank. Some positions such as command chiefs and first sergeants have additional distinguishing features. Senior Air Force leaders, former chief master sergeants of the Air Force and Airmen throughout the service encouraged a redesign of the CMSAF insignia. In 2002, the process began to select a stripe that would mark a stronger representation of our enlisted force. "A lot of people, including my predecessors, have said that the current stripe, although it is distinctive, may not be easily recognized," said CMSAF Gerald R. Murray. That distinction is important, Chief Murray said, because the chief master sergeant of the Air Force is the senior representative of more than 300,000 enlisted Airmen. …

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