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Chief Master Sergeant Joshua W. Swanger is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 2d Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.  He provides strategic leadership and direction for the wing’s 11,400 military and civilian personnel supporting and performing global combat operations, helping to sustain America’s power projection and nuclear deterrence capabilities. Additionally, he maintains an exceptional host installation support structure for 6,300 family members and nearly 25,000 retirees, as well as the men and women of Headquarters, Air Force Global Strike Command; Headquarters 8th Air Force; the 307th Bomb Wing; and 32 other mission partners.


Chief Swanger grew up in Spokane, Washington, and entered the Air Force in February 1993 as an aircraft fuel systems mechanic. His background includes various duties in F-16, A-10, KC-135, MQ-1/9, B-1, and C-17 aircraft maintenance. Chief Swanger served as a First Sergeant from 2005-2008.  He has wide-ranging expeditionary experience spanning eight deployed tours in aircraft maintenance, four deployed tours as a First Sergeant, and one deployed tour as an Operations Group Superintendent.



1993 KC-135 Fuel Systems Maintenance Course, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota

1996 Airman Leadership School, Malmstrom AFB, Montana

1999 F-16 Fuel Systems/Hydrazine Maintenance Course, Nellis AFB, Nevada

2002 Aircraft Maintenance Production Supervisor Course, Fort Dix, New Jersey

2004 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Peterson AFB, Colorado

2005 First Sergeant Academy, Maxwell-Gunter Annex, Alabama

2006 Associates of Applied Science, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Community College of the Air Force

2007 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Correspondence Course, National Defense University

2007 Associates of Applied Science, Human Resource Management, Community College of the Air Force

2009 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell-Gunter Annex, Alabama

2010 USAF Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate Certification, Lackland AFB, Texas

2012 Air Combat Command Chief Leadership Seminar, Nellis AFB, NV

2015 Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice (cum laude), University of Management and Technology, Arlington, Virginia

2015 Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course, Randolph AFB, Texas

2016 Senior Enlisted Legal Orientation, USAF Judge Advocate School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

2017 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill



Jun 1993 – Jun 1996: Aircraft Fuel Systems Journeyman, 43 LS, Malmstrom AFB, Montana

Jun 1996 – Feb 2001: Aircraft Fuel Systems Craftsman, 6 MXS, MacDill AFB, Florida

Feb 2001 – Feb 2002: Shift Supervisor, Aircraft Fuel Systems Repair, 8 MXS, Kunsan AB, South Korea

Feb 2002 – Jul 2005: Fuel Systems Section Chief/Aero Repair Section Chief, 92 MXS, Fairchild AFB, Washington

Jul 2005 – Aug 2008: First Sergeant, 39 AS & 317 AG, Dyess AFB, Texas

Aug 2008 – Apr 2012: Accessories Flight Chief/Lead Production Superintendent, 7 CMS, Dyess AFB, Texas

Apr 2012 – Dec 2012: Quality Assurance Chief, 7 MXG, Dyess AFB, Texas

Dec 2012 – Dec 2013: Squadron Superintendent, 51 MXS, Osan AB, South Korea

Dec 2013 – Nov 2014: Squadron Superintendent, 7 CMS, Dyess AFB, Texas

Nov 2014 – Apr 2016: Group Superintendent, 7 MXG, Dyess AFB, Texas

Apr 2016 – Jun 2017: Group Superintendent, 62 MXG, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

Jun 2017 – Sep 2018:  Command Chief Master Sergeant, 317 AW, Dyess AFB, Texas

Sep 2018 – Present: Command Chief Master Sergeant, 2 BW, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana



Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters

Air Force Achievement Medal with silver oak leaf cluster

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Southwest Asia Service Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal

Korean Defense Service Medal

Air & Space Campaign Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal



1993 Basic Military Training Honor Graduate

1995 Senior Airman Below-the-Zone Promotee

1996 Airman Leadership School Commandant’s Award

1997 6 MXS Lt General Leo Marquez Award

1999 MacDill AFB Honor Guard Flight Sergeant of the Year

2002 92 MXS Lance P. Sijan Award

2003 92 MXS Lt General Leo Marquez Award

2006 317 AG First Sergeant of the Year

2006 Air Mobility Command First Sgt 12 OAY Nominee

2009 Air Force SNCO Academy Distinguished Graduate

2011 7 BW Lance P. Sijan Award



Chief Master Sergeant                     November 2012                               



(current as of August 2018)