Chief Master Sergeant Kris J. Neros serves as the Command Chief for the 139th Airlift Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, Rosecrans ANGB, St. Joseph, Missouri. He is responsible to the 139th AW Wing commander on all issues regarding the welfare, readiness, morale and proper utilization and development of the wing's enlisted personnel. He is the functional manager for group superintendents and first sergeants and an advisor to the Junior Enlisted, Senior Enlisted, First Sergeant, and Chief's Councils.
CMSgt Neros enlisted into the North Dakota Air National Guard in March of 1984 and became a Fuels Management Apprentice upon graduation from technical training at Chanute AFB in Sep 1984. In Sep 1995, he joined the 139th AW Missouri ANG where he has served as a Fuels Management Technician 1991, Wing Emergency Manager 2011 and the Force Support Squadron Superintendent 2016.
Chief Neros assignments include support of many State Emergency Duty operations as the 139th AW Emergency Operations Center Manager, Federal Operations, where he has deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism and served as a logistics controller in the Combined Air Operations Center, Saudi Arabia. Chief Neros has also participated as a member of the Air Mobility Command Inspector General team on multiple inspections/evaluations, and has developed and administered emergency response training for Panamanian National Forces as part of Missouri’s State Partnership Program.
1987 Non Commissioned Officer Preparatory Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala by correspondence
1988 Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, University of Missouri Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.
1993 Non Commissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Ala by correspondence
2000 Senior Non Commissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Ala by correspondence
2009 Diversity Champions Course, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Mo.
2012 ICS 300/400 Advanced Incident Commander Course, Emergency Management Institute
2017 Leadership Challenge Program, Missouri Air National Guard, St. Joseph, Mo.
2017 ANG Chief’s Executive Course, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
1. May 1984 – July 1984, Student, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas
2. July 1984 – September 1984, Fuels Apprentice Technical Training, Chanute AFB, Ill
3. September 1985 – August 1985, Fuels Management Apprentice, 119th FW, Fargo, N.D.
4. August 1985 – February 2011, Fuels Management Operations NCOIC, 139th LRS, St. Joseph, Mo.
5. February 2011 – April 2016, Wing Emergency Manager, 139th CES, St. Joseph, Mo.
6. April 2016 – October 2017, Force Support Squadron Superintendent, 139th FSS. St. Joseph, Mo.
7. October 2017 – Present, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 139th AW, St. Joseph, Mo
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device and three oak leaf clusters
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with nine oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Missouri Conspicuous Service Medal
Missouri National Guard State Emergency Duty Ribbon
1996 Non Commissioned Officer of the Year
2002 Senior Non Commissioned Officer of the Year
2014 Senior Non Commissioned Officer of the Year
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Airman Basic – 1 Mar 1984
Airman – 6 Dec 1984
Airman First Class – 7 Sep 1985
Sergeant – 10 January 1989
Staff Sergeant - 4 February 1990
Technical Sergeant - 8 July 1994
Master Sergeant – 12 February 1998
Senior Master Sergeant – 25 June 2015
Chief Master Sergeant – 29 June 2017
(Current as of Dec 2017)