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Chief Master Sergeant Charles Shurchay

Chief Master Sergeant Charles Shurchay is the Senior Enlisted Leader, Space Base Delta 2, headquartered at Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado. He is the principle advisor to the commander on all matters affecting the welfare, readiness, morale, training, professional development, and proper utilization of Garrison personnel delivering Base Operational Support at 14 operating locations world-wide, executing critical United States Space Force Missile Warning and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance missions. In addition, the Garrison hosts 6 wings (or equivalents) and 101 tenant organizations as well as supporting over 14,000 base personnel and a 98,000-retiree population.

Chief Shurchay grew up in Mesa, Arizona and entered the Air Force in October 1998. He graduated from the Security Forces course at Lackland AFB, Texas in February 1999.  In April 2002 he retrained into the Space Operations career field. His background includes various duties in Law Enforcement, Command and Control, Space Domain Awareness, Military Satellite Communications, Space-Based Infrared Operations, Inspections, Test and Evaluation, Professional Military Instructor, Major Command Career Field Functional Manager, and leadership at squadron through Field Command levels.  His stateside assignments include bases in Alabama, California, Colorado, and Nevada.

 

EDUCATION

2002 AAS Community College of Air Force, Police Science 

2003 AAS Community College of Air Force, Space Studies

2003 Airman Leadership School, Peterson AFB, CO

2004 BS, Business Management, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

2005 Space 200 Course, National Security Space Institute, Colo Spgs, CO

2009 USAF Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, AL

2009 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, Correspondence Course

2010 Advanced Orbital Mechanics Course, Advanced Space Operation School, Colo Spgs, CO

2011 Space 300 Course, National Security Space Institute, Colo Spgs, CO

2013 MAS, Space Studies, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ, Daytona Beach, FL

2013 USAF Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, AL

2014 Project Management Certificate, University of Utah, UT

2015 Enlisted Professional Military Education Instructor Course

2016 AAS Community College of Air Force, Instructor of Technology & Military Science

2017 Chief Leadership Course, Maxwell AFB, AL

2018 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II, Correspondence Course

2019 USAF Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course, Joint Base Andrews, MD

2020 Emerging Technologies Seminar, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington, D.C.

2022 Project Management Professional Certification, Project Management Institute

 

ASSIGNMENTS

1. Oct 1998-Nov 1998, Trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, TX

2. Nov 1998-Feb 1999, Student, Security Forces Course, Lackland AFB, TX

3. Feb 1999-May 2002, Patrolman/Reports Manager, 10th Security Forces Squadron, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO

4. May 2002-Jul 2002, Student, Enlisted Space Prerequisite Training, Vandenberg AFB, CA     

5. July 2002-October 2003, Satellite Systems Operator, 2nd Space Operation Squadron, Schriever AFB, CO

6. Oct 2003-Jan 2005, Satellite Systems Operator Evaluator, 50th Operations Group, Schriever AFB, CO 

7. Jan 2005-Jan 2007, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Training, 17th Test Squadron, AFB, CO

8. Jan 2007-Sep 2007, Orbital Analyst, 1st Space Control Squadron, Cheyenne Mountain AFS, CO

9. Sep 2007-Apr 2009, NCOIC Space Situational Awareness Special Events Team, 614th Air and Space Operations Center, Vandenberg AFB, CA       

10. Apr 2009-Jan 2011, Section Chief, Space Situational Awareness Team, 614th Air & Space Ops Center, Vandenberg AFB, CA       

11. Jan 2011-Jun 2012, NCOIC of Inspections Branch, 14th Air Force, Vandenberg AFB, CA       

12. Jun 2012-Sep 2014, Superintendent, 505th Test and Training Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV

13. Sep 2014-Jun 2015, Superintendent, 505th Test and Evaluation Group, Nellis AFB, NV

14. Jun 2015-Aug 2016, Flight Instructor, Air Force Senior NCO Academy, AL

15. Aug 2016-Jul 2017, Superintendent, 4th Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB, CO

16. Jul 2017-Jun 2018, Enlisted Space Ops Functional Manager, Directorate of Air, Space, and Cyberspace Ops, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, CO

17. Jun 2018-Jan 2020, Superintendent, 460th Operations Group, Buckley AFB, CO

18. Jan 2020-Nov 2020, Senior Enlisted Leader Task Force Tango, Peterson AFB, CO

19. Dec 2020-May 2022, Senior Enlisted Leader, Deputy Commanding General Operations, HQ SpOC, Peterson SFB, CO

20. May 2022-Present, Senior Enlisted Leader, Space Base Delta 2, Buckley SFB, CO

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

2001 10th Security Forces Airman of the Year

2004 50th Operations Group Standardization & Evaluation NCO of the Year

2009 AFSPC Enlisted Space and Missile Operator of the Year

2009 614th Air Operations Center NCO of the Year

2011 14th AF Senior NCO of the Year

2012 Space Innovation and Development Center SNCO of the Year

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Chief Master Sergeant        Dec 1, 2016

Senior Master Sergeant     Mar 1, 2013

Master Sergeant                  Jul 1, 2011

Technical Sergeant             Mar 1, 2008

Staff Sergeant                      Aug 1, 2002

Senior Airman                      Oct 7, 2001

Airman First Class               May 7, 2000

Airman                                   Apr 7, 1999

Airman Basic                        Oct 7, 1998

 

(Current as Of July 2022)