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Chief Master Sergeant Sarah A. Sparks

Command Chief Master Sergeant

Official photo of Chief Master Sergeant Sarah A. Sparks (HQ)
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(719) 333-7693

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Bio

Chief Master Sergeant Sarah A. Sparks is the Command Chief Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. She advises the Academy’s Superintendent and senior staff in the direction of a premier higher-education institution offering a world-class, highly structured four-year regimen of comprehensive military training, unparalleled academics, expansive NCAA Division I intercollegiate program, sponsoring 29 men’s and women’s sports, and athletic programs, along with character development programs leading to a Bachelor of Science degree preparing outstanding young men and women to become Air Force officers motivated to lead American Airmen in the world’s greatest air, space and cyberspace force. Additionally, the Chief guides matters of military readiness, morale, quality of life and professional development of more than 9,000 permanent party and cadet personnel, and serves as the Superintendent’s enlisted representative on numerous committees, councils and boards.

Chief Sparks enlisted in the Air Force in 1992. Her background includes experience at varying levels in the Material Management career field at the wing and command level. She has also dedicated much of her career to molding our future enlisted leaders as an Airman Leadership School Instructor, a Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of FTAC and a Noncommissioned Officer Academy Commandant. Chief Sparks deployed in support of OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Most recently, Chief Sparks served as the Command Chief of the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

Education

Leading Strategically, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Colo. (2018)

USAF Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C. (2017)

Keystone, National Defense University, Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C. (2014)

AFSO21 Executive Leadership Course, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn. (2012)

Professional Manager Certification, Community College of the Air Force, Montgomery, Ala. (2011)

Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala. (2011)

Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course, National Defense University, Washington, D.C. (2009)

Vosler Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. (2004)

Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Education, Wayland Baptist University, San Antonio, Texas (2002)

Associate of Applied Science in Instructor of Technology and Military Science, Community College of the Air Force, Montgomery, Ala. (2001)

Occupational Instructor Certificate, Community College of the Air Force, Montgomery, Ala. (2001)

Academic Instructor School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala. (1999)

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Logistics Management, Community College of the Air Force1999 Associate of Applied Science Degree in Logistics Management, Community College of the Air Force, Montgomery, Ala. (1999)

Airman Leadership School, Randolph Air Force Base,Universal City, Texas (1997)

Professional Experience

Command Chief Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. (Aug. 2019-Present)

Command Chief Master Sergeant, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Fla. (Jan. 2018-July 2019)

Command Chief Master Sergeant, 436th Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base, Dover, Del. (Mar. 2016-Jan. 2018)

Senior Enlisted Advisor, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. (Aug. 2014-Mar. 2016)

Commandant, Binnicker Professional Military Education Center, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii (July 2012-Aug. 2014)

Command Equipment Manager, HQ AFSPC, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Mar. 2010-July 2012)

Logistics Advisor, Logistics Training Advisory Group, CSTC-A/NTMA, Afghanistan (Mar. 2009-Mar. 2010)

Policy and Procedures Manager, HQ AFSPC, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 2007-Mar. 2009)

NCOIC, First Term Airmen Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 2005-May 2007)

Quality Assurance Evaluator, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Feb. 2003-May 2005)

Instructor, Airman Leadership School, Randolph Air Force Base, Universal City, Texas (Feb. 1999-Feb. 2003)

Supply Journeyman, 12th Supply Squadron, Randolph Air Force Base, Universal City, Texas (Oct. 1994-Feb. 1999)

Supply Apprentice, 601st Supply Squadron, Sembach Air Base, Germany (Jan. 1993-Oct. 1994)

Honors & Awards

Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster

Bronze Star Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon with bronze star

Air Force Recognition Ribbon

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

1996 12th Supply Squadron Outstanding Airman of the Year

1997 Distinguished Graduate, Randolph Airman Leadership School

1998 Management and Systems Outstanding Supply/Fuels Personnel of the Year

2003 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron

2004 Distinguished Graduate, Forrest L. Vosler NCO Academy

2009 CMSgt Timothy Doolin Air Force Materiel Management Staff Enlisted Manager of the Year

2009 Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Air Force Space Command

2010 National Defense Industrial Association Patriot Award Winner

2010 United States Air Force 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year