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Chief Master Sergeant Von R. Burns is the Command Chief Master Sergeant, 190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field, Topeka, Kansas.  He is the Wing’s senior enlisted leader and principal advisor to the commander on matters affecting the health, morale, welfare, readiness, professional development and effective utilization of more than 800 enlisted Airmen.


The Wing operates and maintains a fleet of 12 KC-135R aircraft that provide expeditious global mobility airpower and deploys expeditionary forces in support of worldwide conflict, contingency and humanitarian operations while maintaining a nuclear deterrence tasking.  The Wing also supports the State of Kansas and the United States of America during natural disasters and provides a domestic operations emergency response.


Chief Burns enlisted in the United States Air Force in October 1986.  He graduated from the Munitions Systems Mechanic course at Lowry Air Force Base, Colo., in August 1987. His background includes various duties in the munitions systems career field, force support squadron, group superintendent and Wing Command Chief.  His deployment experience includes tours to Italy, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Cyprus, Qatar and Guam in support of Operations DENY FLIGHT, IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.


Chief Burns is a Drill Status Guardsman and is employed as a detective with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department.  He is currently assigned to the Violent Crimes Enforcement Division and has been with the department for over 18 years.  Prior to his current position, he served as the Operations Group Superintendent, 190th ARW, Forbes Field, Kan.


1990 Non Commissioned Officer Preparatory Course, Richards-Gebaur ARS, Mo.
1993 Non Commissioned Officer Leadership Development Program, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
1996 Non Commissioned Officer Academy, Barksdale AFB, La.
2007 Senior Non Commissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2012 Associate of Applied Science, Human Resource Management, Community College of the Air Force
2012 Associate of Applied Science, Munitions System Technology, Community College of the Air Force
2012 ANG Chief’s Executive Course, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
014 AFSO21 Executive Leadership Course, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
2015 ANG Instructor Certification Program, McGhee-Tyson ANGB, Tenn.
2015 Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice (Magna Cum Laude), Grantham University, Lenexa, Kan.
2016 ANG Command Chief Orientation Course, JBSA Lackland AFB, Texas
2016 Senior Enlisted Joint PME Course, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.


1.  October 1986 – March 1987, Delayed Entry Program, 442nd FW, Richards-Gebaur ARS, Mo.
2.  March 1987 – May 1987, Trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas 
3.  May 1987 – August 1987, Munitions Systems Mechanic Student, Lowry AFB, Colo.
4.  August 1987 – April 1994, Munitions Systems Mechanic, 442nd FW, Richards-Gebaur ARS, Mo.
5.  April 1994 – April 1998, Munitions Systems Mechanic, 442nd FW, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
6.  August 2000 - April 2004, Munitions Systems Mechanic, 139th AW, Rosecrans Memorial Airport, Mo.
7.  April 2004 – November 2006, Personnel Specialist, 190th ARW, Forbes Field, Kan.
8.  November 2006 – February 2007, Readiness Support Specialist, 190th ARW, Forbes Field, Kan.
9.  February 2007 – September 2012, Personnel Craftsman, 190th ARW Forbes Field, Kan
10.  September 2012 December 2015, Operations Group Superintendent, 190th ARW, Forbes Field,  Kan.
11. January 2016 – Present, Wing Command Chief, 190th ARW, Forbes Field, Kan.


Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two ‘M’ Devices


Kansas National Guard Service Medal with one device
Missouri National Guard Expeditionary Ribbon
Missouri National Guard Long Service 5 Year Ribbon


Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA)
Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS)
Kansas Enlisted Association (EANGKS)
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)


Chief Master Sergeant, Sept. 4, 2012