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State Command Chief Master Sergeant,
Massachusetts Air National Guard

Chief Master Sgt. Richard G. MacDonald

Chief Master Sergeant Richard G. MacDonaldChief Master Sergeant Richard MacDonald is the State Command Chief for the Massachusetts Air National Guard.  As the top enlisted member of the state, he is responsible for providing leadership to the enlisted forces where he plays a vital role in the readiness and force development.  Chief MacDonald is the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Adjutant General and the Chief of Staff of the Massachusetts Air National Guard and its 1,900 enlisted personnel.  An activist to the welfare, morale and concerns of todays enlisted forces.  Chief MacDonald monitors compliance with Air National Guard and Air Force standards, serves on advisory councils, and maintains a close relationship with the local communities. He is the driving force for developing and implementing Massachusetts Air National Guard policies and programs and performs other specific duties at the discretion of the commander.

Chief MacDonald was born and raised in South Boston, Massachusetts.  He entered the Air Force in 1982 and  completed Basic Training and the Security Police Academy at Lackland AFB, Texas.  He was stationed at Otis Air National Guard Base as a traditional guardsmen assigned to the 102d Security Forces Squadron where he served in many roles.  Starting as Fire Team member, he held positions within the career field that included Squad Leader, NCOIC Pass & ID, Flight Sergeant, Acting First Sergeant, Superintendent, and NCOIC of Quality Control and Training.  He was the troop commander for deployments under Operation Northern Watch, Incirlik Turkey, and Operation Juniper Stallion JS06 to Israel.  He was activated on 9/11 for two years 2001 to 2003 under Iraqi Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle.  He was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant and assigned to Massachusetts Joint Force Headquarters as the State Human Resource Advisor where he spent the last three years working on force development, force management, and spear-headed the first of its kind, workshop entitled TIME - Technical Sergeants Involved & Mentoring Enlisted Airmen. Chief MacDonald implemented diversity initiatives with the Wing HRA’s and provided assistance with their Diversity Councils and Special Emphasis program. He was selected as the State Command Chief Master Sergeant in December 2012.

Chief Richard MacDonald is a traditional Guardsman and is a Sergeant for the Pembroke Police Department.    

1989    Veterans Program, UMASS, Boston, MA
1995    Noncommissioned Officer Academy, McGee Tyson, Tennessee
1998    AS - Air Force Community College, Security Administration
2004    BS - Criminal Justice, Western New England, Springfield, Massachusetts
2006    MS - Criminal Administration, Western New England College, Springfield, Massachusetts (magna cum laude) 
2006    USAF SNCO Academy, Course 12, Correspondence
2007    Anti-Terrorism Officer level II, Pease, ANGB, New Hampshire
2008    Ground Combat Command School, Lackland, AFB, Texas
2009    Cultural Leadership Lab, Smithfield, RI   
2010    Chief’s Executive Course, Washington, DC
2011    Human Resource Advisor Course, Selfridge, Michigan
2011    Chief’s Leadership Course, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2013    Command Chief Orientation Course, Lackland AFB, Texas
2013    Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Leadership in Homeland Security Executive Program, Cambridge Massachusetts
2014    Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Leadership in Crisis Executive Program, Cambridge Massachusetts


  1. 1982, Basic Military Training Lackland   AFB, Texas
  2. 1982, Security Force Academy Lackland  AFB, Texas
  3. 1982-2009, 102 Fighter Wing Otis ANGB, Massachusetts
  4. 2009- 2012, State HRA, Joint Force Headquarters Milford, Massachusetts
  5. 2012 – Present, State Command Chief Master Sergeant, Joint Force Headquarters, Massachusetts Air National Guard


  • Air Force Achievement medal
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters and Valor device
  • Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
  • National Defense Service Medal with service star
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Air Force Longevity Service with two oak leaf clusters
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two 'M' Devices
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal with bronze Hourglass, “M”, and “2” Device
  • USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon with oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Training Ribbon


  • 102d Fighter Wing, NCO of the quarter, 1988
  • Distinguished Graduate, Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, McGee Tyson, Tennessee 1995
  • 102d Fighter Wing, SNCO of the quarter, 2003   


  • Airman Basic                         July  1982
  • Airman                                 Sept 1982
  • Airman First Class                  Nov  1983
  • Senior Airman                       May  1985
  • Staff Sergeant                      Sept 1987
  • Technical Sergeant                May 1995
  • Master Sergeant                   March  1999
  • Senior Master Sergeant          June  2007
  • Chief Master Sergeant           Dec 2009

(Current as of June 2013)