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Chief Master Sergeant Shane H. Pilgrim serves as the 89th Airlift Wing Command Chief. He is the principle advisor to the commander on matters influencing the health, morale, welfare, readiness and effective utilization of all enlisted members of the SAM Fox Wing responsible for global special air mission airlift, logistics, aerial port and communications support for the President, Vice President, combatant commanders, senior leaders and the global mobility system as tasked by the White House, Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Air Mobility Command. Additionally, it operates an Executive Airlift Training Center and Government Network Operations Center.


CMSgt Pilgrim is a native of St Vincent and the Grenadines, and grew up between Barbados and Brooklyn, New York.  He entered the Air Force as a Vehicle Mechanic and subsequently retrained into the Aircraft Loadmaster career field.  Chief Pilgrim has led at the Squadron, Group and Joint Headquarters levels and is a veteran of numerous contingencies including Operations Restore Hope, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Inherent Resolve. He has amassed close to 4,000 hours of aircraft flight time including over 700 hours of combat time, in multiple aircraft including the C-130E, AC-130U, C-17A, UH-60 and CN-235. Prior to his current assignment, Chief Pilgrim served as the Chief of Joint Enlisted Leader Development for the Joint Staff.



1995 Associate Degrees in Aircrew Operations and Vehicle Maintenance, CCAF

2006 Aircraft Dispatcher Qualification Course, Federal Aviation Administration

2007 Special Operations Forces Sr Enlisted Course, USAF Special Operations School

2007 Dynamics of International Terrorism, Middle Eastern/Latin American Orientation

Courses, USAF Special Operations School, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

2008 Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

2011 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Forces Staff College, Va.

2014 Enterprise Leadership Course, UNC Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School

2014 JSOU-EA Summit Course, Joint Special Operations University, MacDill AFB, Fla.

2015 Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.

2015 AFSO 21, Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 

2016 Sr Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II, Joint Forces Staff College, Va.

2016 Keystone Command Sr Enlisted Leader Course, National Defense University

2018 National/Intl Security Seminar, Alan Freed and Associates, Washington D.C.



1. December 1991 – January 1995, Vehicle Mechanic, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.                                    

2. July 1995 – June 2000, C-130E/AC-130U Loadmaster, 4th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field AFB, Fla.
3. June 2000 – May 2002 C17A, Loadmaster, 15th Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C.

4. January 2003 – January 2004, NCOIC Sq Training, 15th Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C.

5. January 2004 – October 2004, Assistant Flight Supt, 15th Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C.

6. October 2004 – August 2005, Chief Loadmaster, 15th Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C.

7. August 2005 – June 2007, Air Force Special Tactics Liaison Officer, Data masked 

8. June 2007 – May 2010, Operations Superintendent, Data masked

9. May 2010 – August 2011, Squadron Superintendent, Data masked

10. August 2011 – June 2012, Electronic Warfare Test Supt, AFMC, Data masked
11. Jun 2012 – October 2013 Operations Group Superintendent, AFMC, Data masked        

12. October 2013 – January 2017 Senior Enlisted Leader, AFSOC, Data masked

13. January 2017 – July 2018 Chief, Joint Enlisted Leader Development & J3 Senior Enlisted Leader, Joint Staff, Pentagon

14. July 2018 – Present Command Chief Master Sergeant, 89th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Andrews, Md.



Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster                                                                               

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters                                                    

Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters                                                    

Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters                                                      

Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf clusters                                                     

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Gallant Unit Citation           

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor



1998 John Levitow Award, Airman Leadership School, Hurlburt Field AFB, Fla. 

2003 Distinguished Graduate/Academic Achievement Award, NCO Academy, Warner

Robbins AFB, Ga.

2003 437th Airlift Wing Instructor of the Year, Charleston AFB, S.C.

2004 15th Airlift Squadron SNCO of the Year

2007 Distinguished Graduate, SNCO Academy, Maxwell/Gunter AFB, Ala.

2010 and 2011 Squadron SNCO of the Year, Data masked 


Chief Master Sergeant, July 1, 2012


(Current as of July 2018)