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Reed receives rank of Chief Master Sergeant

Man earns highest level of leadership with the Air Force

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 3:42 p.m. CDT
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Former Minooka man John Reed, at right, was promoted to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.

Former Minooka resident John Reed recently received advancement to Chief Master Sergeant of the U.S. Air Force — the highest enlisted level of leadership in the Air Force.

Reed is the fuels manager, 36th Logistics Readiness Squadron in the 36th Wing Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. He leads 80 military personnel and has oversight of six contract personnel.

As Chief Master Sergeant there, Reed is responsible for the largest fuels storage facility in the Air Force, with management over 66 million gallons of jet fuel. He manages 36 facilities, 48 pieces of refueling equipment, and four hydrant systems valued at $183 million.

He also manages one of only two cryogenic production plants in the Air Force.

Reed grew up in Minooka and entered the Air Force in 1989. He has served in assignments in California, North Carolina, Hawaii, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates in Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

Before assuming his current position, he served as flight chief and in positions involving fuels management. He also graduated cum laude in 2009 at Trident University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration: Logistics Management.

His achievements have included a meritorious service medal with four oak leaf clusters, a National Defense Service Medal, and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters, the Korean Defense Servicer Medal, the 2010 8th Mission Support Group SNCO of the Year, the 2010 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron SNCO of the Year and the 2009 MSgt Randy Gillespie USAF Fuels SNCO of the Year.

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