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Chief Master Sgt. Thomas A. Calouro, 143d Airlift Wing Command Chief

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Chief Master Sergeant Thomas A. Calouro is the Command Chief Master Sergeant, 143d Airlift Wing, Quonset State Airport, North Kingstown, Rhode Island.  The 143d Airlift Wing is comprised of 11 squadrons and over 1,000 military and civilian personnel.  The Wing is also responsible for the support of one Geographically Separated Unit, the 282d Combat Communications Squadron. He is the principal senior enlisted advisor to the Wing Commander on matters affecting mission readiness through morale, quality of life, utilization, health and welfare of the Wing’s enlisted forces.


The 143d Air Wing mission is to serve as the premier C130J Combat Airpower and Cyber Center of Excellence meeting all federal and state support requirements while providing maximum assistance to our national and international partners. Chief Calouro serves as the critical link between commander, enlisted personnel and support agencies by leading within the wing chain of command.


Command Chief Thomas A. Calouro was enlisted in the U.S. Marine Reserve from 1993 to 2005. In 2006 Chief Calouro entered the Rhode Island Air National Guard as a Security Forces member. While serving with the Security Force Squadron he gained expertise in resource protection, ground combat, response to weapons of mass destruction, military crime investigations and UCMJ prosecution and defense. He has deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM and to Kuwait in support of Operation FREEDOM SENTINEL


EDUCATION
2006 Security Forces Craftsman
2007 Airman Leadership School Correspondence Course
2010 Noncommissioned Officer Academy Correspondence Course
2010 Military Police Investigators Course, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri 
2011 Associates in Applied Science of Administration of Justice, Roger Williams University, Rhode Island
2011 Associates in Applied Science of Criminal Justice, Community College of the Air Force
2012 Bachelors of Science of Criminal Justice- cum laude, Roger Williams University, Rhode Island
2015 United States Air Force First Sergeant Academy
2016 Associates in Applied Science of Human Resource Management, Community College of the Air Force
2016 Masters of Science of Administration of Justice and Leadership, magna cum laude, Salve Regina University
2017 USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officers Correspondence Course
2018 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Education I
2018 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Education II
2020 Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (expected) in Labor and Human Relations, URI


ASSIGNMENTS
1. September 2006 - December 2007, Security Forces Member, 143d SFS, Quonset Air Base, RI
2. December 2007 - June 2008, QRF team leader, 64th ESFS, Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia
3. June 2008 – December 2010, Training Section, 143d SFS, Quonset Air Base, RI
4. December 2010 – December 2013, Special Investigator and Standards and Evaluations Section NCOIC, 143d  SFS, Quonset, RI
5. December 2013 – January 2016, First Sergeant, 143d SFS, Quonset Air Base, RI
6. January 2016 – August 2017, First Sergeant, 143d MXS, Quonset Air Base, RI
7. August 2017- February 2019, First Sergeant, 143d Airlift Wing, RI
8. February 2019 – May 2019, First Sergeant, 779th EAS, Ali Ah Salim Air Base, Kuwait
9. May 2019 – Present, First Sergeant, 143d Air Wing, RI
10. April 2020- Present, Command Chief, 143d Air Wing, RI


MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal 
Air Force Commendation Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster                                    
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Reserve Force Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Commendation w/ Oak Leaf Cluster
Naval Reserve Meritorious Unit Commendation
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal w/ two Oak Leaf Clusters
Reserve Marine Corp Service Medal w/ two Bronze Stars
National Defense Service Medal w/ one Bronze Star
Arctic Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal w/ Oak leaf Cluster
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
AF Overseas Ribbon Short
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon w/ Gold Border and Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Longevity Service w/ 5 devices
Air Forces Reserve Medal w/ 2 ‘m’ device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

 
OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
2013 SNCO of the quarter, 143d AW, Quonset Air Base, RI
2016 First Sergeant of the Year, Rhode Island Air National Guard


EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Command Chief Master Sergeant, 2020
Chief Master Sergeant, 2019
Senior Master Sergeant, 2017
Master Sergeant, 2012
Technical Sergeant, 2009
Staff Sergeant, 2003


(Current as of December 2020)