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Chief Master Sergeant JAMES M. TRAFICANTE


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. The wing consists of eight C-130H aircraft and a geographically separated Air Control Squadron. As Command Chief, he is the key senior enlisted advisor to the commander and staff on matters of readiness, 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 Feb. 1984. Upon finishing 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. He 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 Airlift 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, involved in planning for Operation Tomodachi and a deployment to 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.

2017  Crew Resource Management Facilitator Course, Little Rock AFB, AR

2018  Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course, Lackland AFB, TX




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 




Rating: Chief Airman Aircrew Member

Flight Hours: 5300 hours including over 1,000 combat hours

Aircraft flown: C-130E,H,J and C-27J




Air Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters

Combat Readiness Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters

Air Force Good Conduct Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster

Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with two silver oak leaf clusters

National Defense Medal

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with a bronze star

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with a bronze star

Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with a bronze star

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with a silver hourglass and an M 3 device

NATO Medal




Rhode Island Defense Service Medal

Rhode Island Service Medal




Senior Airman - February 3, 1993

Staff Sergeant - February 1, 1997

Technical Sergeant - February 7, 1998

Master Sergeant - June 7, 2000

Senior Master Sergeant - July 1, 2006

Chief Master Sergeant - February 17, 2011