CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT KEVIN M. SOUZA
Chief Master Sergeant Kevin M. Souza is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 125th Fighter Wing, Florida Air National Guard. He represents the highest level of enlisted leadership and the principle advisor to the Fighter Wing Commander. Chief Souza is responsible for matters influencing the health, morale, welfare and professional development for over 1600 Florida Air National Guard members. He provides guidance to the 32 Chief Master Sergeants and performs as functional manager for the Fighter Wing’s 13 First Sergeants. Additionally, he represents the command’s enlisted force at a variety of military and civilian conferences, forums and speaking engagements.
Chief Souza entered the Air Force in October 1988 and served as an Aircraft Armament System Craftsman. As a career aircraft maintainer he has worked in many positions with the Fighter Wings to include Weapons Expeditor, Weapons Flight Chief, Weapons Safety, Weapons Standardization, Wing Weapons Manager, and Aircraft Maintenance Superintendent. His span of tenure as the AMXS Chief led to an unprecedented F-15 Fully Mission Capable rates and stellar aircraft flight safety rating while leading the Combat Air Forces in aircraft sorties and combat mission ready pilots. Also during this time, he led the 125th Fighter Wing to an unprecedented “Highly Effective” rating from the ACC/IG during the Fighter Wing CAPSTONE assessment. Prior to his current assignment in the National Guard, he was an active duty assigned to Eglin AFB and Seymour Johnson, AFB and Spangdahlem AB, while being deployed throughout the world supporting Combatant Commanders and increasing partnerships with our partner nations. Chief Kevin Souza also served overseas on deployments to Germany, Turkey, Thailand, Croatia, Spain, Iceland, Denmark, Italy, and deployed in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, NORHTERN WATCH, SOUTHERN WATCH, DENY FLIGHT, ENDURING FREEDOM, NOBLE EAGLE AND VILLIGANT SHIELD.
1988 Aircraft Armament System Specialist, Lowery AFB, Colo.
1993 Airman Leadership School, Spangdahlem, AB Germany
2001 Non Commission Academy Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2007 ACC/IG Inspectors Course, Langley AFB, Va.
2007 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2013 Contemporary Base Issues Course, Florida ANG, Jacksonville, Fla.
2013 ANG Chief’s Executive Course, Joint Base Andrews AFB, Md.
2015 Reserve Component National Security Course, National Defense University, Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2015 Defense Support of Civilian Authorities Phase 1, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2015 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education I/II, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2015 Associate of Applied Science Degree, Aircraft Armament Systems, Community College of the Air Force
2015 Associate of Applied Science Degree, Industrial Management, Florida State College of Jacksonville, Fla.
2016 Senior Leader Regional Seminar (Middle-East/South West Asia) Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington D.C.
2016 Command Chief Orientation Course, JB San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
2016 AFSO21 Executive Leadership Course, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
2016 Professional Manger Certification, Community College of the Air Force
2016 Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course, JB San Antonio-Lackland/Randolph, Texas
2016 Associate of Arts Degree, Florida State College of Jacksonville, Fla.
2017 Senior Leader Regional Seminar (Africa and Latin America), Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington D.C.
2017 National and International Security Leadership Seminar, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington D.C.
2017 Leadership Challenge I/II, Leadership Foundry, St. Augustine, Fla.
2017 Bachelors of Applied Science Degree, Supervision and Management, Florida State College of Jacksonville, Fla.
2018 Enterprise Perspective Seminar, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington D.C.
2018 Introduction to Incident Command System, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emmitsberg, Md.
2018 National Incident Management System (NIMS), Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emmitsberg, Md.
2019 Leading Strategically, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Co.
2019 Master of Arts, Management/Concentration in Human Relations, American Military University, Charleston, WV.
1. October 1988-December 1988, Aircraft Armament System Apprentice, Lowery AFB, Colo.
2. December 1988-October 1990, Aircraft Armament System Journeyman, 3246 TW, Eglin AFB, Fla.
3. November 1990-November 1994, Aircraft Armament System Journeyman, 52 FW, Spangdahlem AB. Germany
4. November 1990-September 1996, Aircraft Armament System Craftsman, 4 FW, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
5. September 1996-July 2006, Aircraft Armament System Craftsman, 125 Fighter Wing, Jacksonville, Fla.
6. July 2006-March 2009, Aircraft Armament Quality Assurance Inspector, 125 Fighter Wing, Jacksonville, Fla.
7. March 2009- November 2011, Weapons Safety Superintendent, 125 Fighter Wing, Jacksonville, Fla.
8. November 2011-February 2012, Wing Weapons Manager, 125 Fighter Wing, Jacksonville, Fla.
9. February 2012-February 2016, Aircraft Maintenance Superintendent, 125 Fighter Wing, Jacksonville, Fla.
10. February 2016-Present, Fighter Wing Command Chief, 125 Fighter Wing, Jacksonville, Fla.
11. Oct. 2017- September 2018, Professional Organizations Advisor to the Enlisted Field Advisory Council
12. September 2018 – Present, Enlisted Field Advisory Council Representative, Alternate, Region 3
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with “N” device
STATE AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Florida State Active Duty with one oak leaf cluster
Louisiana Cross of Merit
Enlisted Association of the National Guard Member
Air Force Association Member
Air Force Sergeants’ Association Member
Florida National Guard Association Member
2015 High Honors, Industrial Management, AAS, High Honors, AA, Florida State College of Jacksonville, Fla.
2017 Summa Cum Laude, Supervision and Management, BAS, Florida State College of Jacksonville, Fla.
2019 Honors, Management, MA, American Military University, Charleston, WV.
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Staff Sergeant, Aug. 01, 1994
Technical Sergeant, May 01,1999
Master Sergeant, May 21, 2004
Senior Master Sergeant, Feb. 05, 2010
Chief Master Sergeant, Mar. 02, 2012
(Current as of 6 September 2019)