Chief Master Sergeant Bernadette M. Hollinger is the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 187th Fighter Wing, Dannelly Field, Ala. Chief Hollinger is the senior enlisted leader of the wing, responsible for advising the commander on mission effectiveness, professional development, readiness, training, utilization, health, morale, and welfare of the wing’s enlisted force.
CMSgt Hollinger entered the Alabama Air National Guard and joined the 187th Fighter Wing in March 1990 as a Ground Systems Radio Operator. In 1993, she cross-trained to Information Management where she supported the Wing staff and other groups throughout the unit. In 2008, CMSgt Hollinger was selected as the Wing and Operations Group First Sergeant. As First Sergeant, she supported a contingency deployment to South Korea for two Air National Guard units. Following her First Sergeant assignment, Chief Hollinger joined the personnel squadron where she became the NCOIC, Customer Service and Student Flight. As Student Flight leader, she was instrumental in mentoring and preparing more than 200 future Air National Guard members both mentally and physically for basic military training. Prior to her current assignment, Chief Hollinger served as Superintendent, 187th Fighter Wing Operations Group, Dannelly Field, Ala.
As a traditional Drill-Status Guard member, CMSgt Hollinger used her civilian education and experiences to assist her throughout her military career. In her civilian career as a Level II Program Manager for the Air Force, she was responsible for program planning support, financial planning, acquisition management support, and program management. In addition, she has served in various leadership roles and has attended several leadership and professional development courses which assisted her in mentoring both civilians and Airmen. Prior to her current position, the chief was the Acquisition Program Manager for two Network Centric-2 (NC-2) Network Operations and Infrastructure Solutions (NetOps) contracts valued at more than $13B, AFMC AFLCMC Business Enterprise Services, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.
1990 Air Force Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
1990 Ground Systems Radio Operator Technical School, Keesler AFB, Miss.
1992 Bachelor of Science, Finance, Alabama State University, Ala.
1993 Information Management Specialist Technical School, Keesler AFB, Miss.
1995 Noncommissioned Officer Preparatory Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2004 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Keesler AFB, Miss.
2008 USAF First Sergeant Academy, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala.
2013 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2017 Associate in Applied Science, Human Resource Management, Community College of the Air Force
2017 Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
2019 Chief Executive Course, Lackland AFB, Texas
1. August 1990 - May 1993, Ground Radio Operator, 187th Communications Squadron, Dannelly Field, Ala.
2. May 1993 - July 2001, Information Management Specialist, 187th Fighter Wing, Dannelly Field, Ala.
3. July 2001 - November 2005, Wing Historian, 187th Fighter Wing, Dannelly Field, Ala.
4. November 2005 - January 2008, Information Management Specialist, 187th Fighter Wing, Dannelly Field, Ala.
5. January 2008 - August 2011, First Sergeant, 187th Fighter Wing and Operations Group, Dannelly Field, Ala.
6. August 2011 - May 2016, Personnel Specialist and Student Flight Leader, 187th Mission Support Group, Dannelly Field, Ala.
7. May 2016 - January 2019, Superintendent, 187th Operations Group, Dannelly Field, Ala.
8. January 2019 - Present, Command Chief, 187th Fighter Wing, Dannelly Field, Ala.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
STATE AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Alabama Commendation Medal
Alabama Faithful Service Medal
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Air Force Association
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class, Mar. 24, 1990
Senior Airman, Feb. 8, 1992
Staff Sergeant, Jul. 12, 1995
Technical Sergeant, Feb. 1, 2002
Master Sergeant, Jan. 13, 2005
Senior Master Sergeant, Jan. 13, 2013
Chief Master Sergeant, Sept. 27, 2017
(Current as of January 2019)