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Chief Master Sgt. James M. Traficante serves as the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 103rd Airlift Wing, Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Connecticut.  As command chief, he is the senior enlisted advisor to the commander and staff on matters of health, morale, welfare and professional development of more than nine hundred Air National Guard enlisted personnel assigned to the wing. 


Chief Traficante began his military service on active duty as an Airlift/Bombardment Aircraft Maintenance Specialist (Crew Chief) in 1984. Upon completion of his active duty tour, he joined the Rhode Island Air National Guard where he served as a crew chief, flight engineer, and loadmaster when the unit transitioned to C-130J`s. Chief Traficante has since completed a tour at the National Guard Bureau as the Loadmaster Functional Manager and a tour at Headquarters Air Mobility Command as the Air National Guard Enlisted Aircrew Liaison to Air Mobility Command. While serving in that capacity, he was also the C-130J Loadmaster Command Manager for Aircrew Standards and Evaluations. In 2014, Chief Traficante was selected to serve as the Loadmaster Superintendent of the 118th Air Squadron, 103rd Airlift Wing, and in 2018, he was selected to serve as the 103rd Airlift Wing Command Chief. Throughout his career, Chief Traficante has deployed in support of several operations, including Volant & Coronet Oak, Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Inherent Resolve.






1984  Tactical Airlift ACFT Maintenance Course, (Crew Chief) Sheppard AFB, TX

1984  Strategic ACFT Maintenance Course, (Crew Chief) Loring AFB, ME

1988  NCO Prep Course, Edwards AFB, CA

1992  Flight Engineer Initial Qualification Course, Little Rock AFB, AR

1992  Basic Flight Engineer Course, Little Rock AFB, AR

1992  Combat Survival training Course, Fairchild AFB, WA

1994  Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Course, St. Josephs, MO

1999  NCO Academy, Maxwell AFB, AL

2004  Basic Loadmaster Course, Little Rock AFB, AR

2006  USAF Senior NCO Academy, Maxwell AFB, AL                                                                             

2007  Loadmaster Instructor Course, Little Rock AFB, AR

2009  Joint Airdrop Inspector School (JAI), Fort Lee, VA                                                                                     

2010  Associate in Aviation Operations, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, AL

2011  Chief`s Executive Course, Crystal City, VA

2012  Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, by correspondence                                                                

2013  Reserve Component National Security Course, Ft. McNair, Wash. D.C.







1.  1984 – 1986, KC-135 Crew Chief, RAF Mildenhall, England

2.  1986 – 1988, NKC-135 Crew Chief, Edwards AFB, CA

3.  1988 – 2008, C-130 Crew Chief/Engineer/Loadmaster, Quonset ANGB, RI  

4.  2009 – 2011, Loadmaster Functional Manager, Crystal City, VA

5.  2011 – 2014, Air National Guard Enlisted Aircrew Liaison to Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, IL

6.  2014 – 2018, Loadmaster Superintendent, 118th Airlift Squadron, Bradley ANGB, CT

7.  2018 – present, Wing Command Chief, 103rd Airlift Wing, Bradley ANGB, CT




Air Medal

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal

Combat Readiness Medal

Air Force Good Conduct Medal

Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal

National Defense Medal

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

Armed Forces Reserve Medal

NATO Medal




Rhode Island Defense Service Medal

Rhode Island Service Medal




Chief Master Sergeant  February 2011