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CMSgt CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT KEITH M. GUNTHER

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CMSgt Keith M. Gunther serves as the Operations Enlisted Manager for the 103rd Air Control Squadron, Orange Air National Guard Station, Orange, Connecticut. He is the senior enlisted member of the squadron and advises the Commander and the Director of Operations on matters of readiness, health, morale, welfare, and professional development for over 180 enlisted members assigned to the squadron.

Chief Gunther entered military service as a Traditional Guardsmen in November 2001 in the Aerospace Control and Warning Systems career field completing his training in April 2002. Since then, he continuously maintained his Combat Mission Ready status serving as a Surveillance Technician, Electronic Protection Technician, Interface Control Technician, Instructor, and an Operations Coordinator. He has also served in supervisory roles including, Operations Superintendent, Operations Enlisted Manager, and Chief Enlisted Manager. Additionally, he has been a player in the State Partnership program with Uruguay, assisting the Uruguayan Air Force on improving the deployment and employment of their weapons system. Chief Gunther has deployed seven times in support of several Operations including; Nobel Eagle, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Resolute Support, and Inherent Resolve.

In his civilian capacity, Chief Gunther is a Law Enforcement Officer within the state of New Jersey. Additionally, he is a state certified firearms instructor, a field training officer, weapons armorer, and a member of the Community Emergency Response Team.  Chief Gunther was the top graduate of the 72nd Basic Police Class from Morris County Police Academy and was recognized as Officer of the Year for his department in 2012.

EDUCATION
2006 Airmen Leadership School, Maxwell-Gunther Air Force Base, AL by correspondence
2006 Bachelors of Science, Exercise Science, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT
2007 Associate in Space Technology, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, AL
2008 Morris County Police Academy, Police Training Certification, Morristown, NJ
2010 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, AL by correspondence
2012 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, AL by correspondence
2021 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, by correspondence
 
ASSIGNMENTS                                                                                                                                                                                                     
February 2003 – April 2006, Surveillance Technician, 103rd Air Control Squadron, Orange Air National Guard Station, CT
March 2003 – August 2003, Surveillance Technician, 103rd Expeditionary Air Control Squadron, Kandahar, Afghanistan
July 2003 – July 2018, Electronic Protection Technician, 103rd Air Control Squadron, Orange ANGS, CT
June 2004 – Present, Standardization and Evaluations, 103rd Air Control Squadron, Orange ANGS, CT
August 2004 – September 2004, Surveillance Technician, 224th Air Defense Squadron, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington D.C.
August 2006 – August 2011, Interface Control Technician, 103rd Air Control Squadron, Orange ANGS, CT
March 2007 – July 2007, Electronic Protection Technician, 71st EACS, Al Udeid AFB, Qatar
January 2009 – May 2009, NCOIC Mission Planning Cell, 727th EACS, Ballad AFB, Iraq
May 2012 – November 2012, Operations Superintendent, 727th EACS, Al Dhafra AFB, United Arab Emirates
August 2016 – December 2020, Operations Superintendent, 103rd Air Control Squadron, Orange ANGS, CT
ASSIGNMENTS (Continued)
February 2016 - Present, Operations Coordinator, 103rd Air Control Squadron, Orange ANGS, CT
November 2016 – July 2017, Operations Superintendent, 727th EACS, Al Dhafra AFB, United Arab Emirates
December 2020 – Present, Operations Enlisted Manager, 103rd Air Control Squadron, Orange ANGS, CT
May 2021 – Present, Chief Enlisted Manager, 727th EACS, Shaw AFB, SC
 
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with valor device and oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with a bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with a bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold boarder and three oak leaf clusters
Air Forces Reserve Medal with bronze hourglass and 4 ‘M’ devices
Basic Military Training Honor Graduate
 
OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
2009 103rd Air Control Squadron NCO of the Year
2005 State of Connecticut Command Chief’s Award
 
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class Nov. 28, 2001
Senior Airman April 01, 2003
Staff Sergeant Sept. 01, 2006
Technical Sergeant Nov. 01, 2008
Master Sergeant June 28, 2011
Senior Master Sergeant Aug. 06, 2016
Chief Master Sergeant Feb. 09, 2021
 
(Current as of July 2021)