Chief Master Sgt. David A. Salinas is the Superintendent, 190th Maintenance Operations Flight, Forbes Field Air National Guard Base, Kansas. He leads five sections in maintenance operations, ensuring the administration, analysis, training management of assigned personnel, and programs and resources meet the needs of the 190th Maintenance Group’s production effort. He is also the elected President of the 190th Air Refueling Wings Chiefs’ Council, a body of chief master sergeants dedicated in supporting the mission and Airmen of the Wing by ensuring readiness and innovation, a culture of professionalism and respect, and leadership development.
Chief Master Sgt. Salinas enlisted in the Kansas Air National Guard in 2001 and was assigned to the 190th Maintenance Squadron. He graduated from Basic Military Training in February 2002 and attended the Aerospace Propulsion Apprentice Course at Sheppard AFB, Texas, graduating in May 2002. He returned to serve as a Jet Engine Mechanic on the KC-135E Stratotanker and saw the conversion to R model aircraft. He later was selected to attend cross-training and became a Maintenance Analysis Specialist and was assigned to the 190th Maintenance Operations Flight, providing database management and decision support analysis to the 190th Maintenance Group. Prior to his current position, Chief Master Sgt. Salinas was the Maintenance Management Section Chief, 190th Maintenance Operations Flight, Forbes Field ANGB, Kansas.
Chief Master Sgt. Salinas took a career broadening opportunity in October 2019 to serve with the 190th Comptroller Flight on an occasional Active Guard and Reserve tour, where he contributed to the Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness Program for the Wing. He was also awarded a Department of Defense Financial Management Certification Level II while serving with the Comptroller Flight. He has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and recently, Operation Spartan Shield, where he served as a Senior Enlisted Leader in the 379th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Al Udeid AB, Qatar.
2005 Airman Leadership School, McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tenn.
2005 Community College of the Air Force, Associate in Aircraft Maintenance Technology, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2010 Community College of the Air Force, Associate in Maintenance Production Management, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2010 Non-commissioned Officer Academy, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tenn.
2016 Senior Non-commissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2022 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course, Joint Force Staff College, Va., by correspondence
2023 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course II, JFSC, Va., by correspondence
- January 2001 – January 2007, Jet Engine Mechanic, 190th Maintenance Squadron, Forbes Field Air National Guard Base, Kan.
- January 2007 – August 2019, Maintenance Analysis Specialist, 190th Maintenance Operations Flight, Forbes Field ANGB, Kan.
- August 2019 – January 2021, Maintenance Management Section Chief, 190th Maintenance Operations Flight, Forbes Field ANGB, Kan.
- January 2021 – Present, Superintendent, 190th Maintenance Operations Flight, Forbes Field ANGB, Kan. (March 2023 – May 2023, Aircraft Maintenance Unit Senior Enlisted Leader, 379th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar)
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air and Space Commendation Medal
Air and Space Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
2006 Air Force Excellence in Competition National Bronze Pistol Badge
2006 Air Force Excellence in Competition National Bronze Rifle Badge
2007 Distinguished Graduate, Maintenance Management Analysis Apprentice Course
2012 Distinguished Honor Graduate, Small Arms Master Gunner Course
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Life member, Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class May 18, 2001
Senior Airman August 12, 2002
Staff Sergeant May 25, 2005
Technical Sergeant May 15, 2009
Master Sergeant July 2, 2013
Senior Master Sergeant Jan 29, 2020
Chief Master Sergeant April 27, 2022
(Current as of SEPTEMBER 2023)