Chief Master Sergeant William D. Adams III serves as the Command Chief Master Sergeant, 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida. He is the primary advisor to the 1st SOW Commander on all issues affecting the health, welfare, morale, training, development, and utilization of more than 5,000 enlisted Airmen.
The 1st SOW is responsible for preparing Air Force special operations forces for missions worldwide in support of Army, Navy, Marine and allied special operations forces and USAF counterparts. Wing missions include infiltration, exfiltration, re-supply, air refueling, and precision fire support, employing over 80 fixed-wing and tilt-rotor platforms including the AC-130U, AC-130J, MC-130H, CV-22B, U-28A, PC-12, and MQ-9. These capabilities support a variety of special operations missions including direct action, foreign internal defense, unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, personnel recovery, psychological operations, and information operations.
Chief Adams was raised as a U.S. Army dependent in locations around the world. He entered the Air Force in September 1991 and completed the USAF Combat Control training pipeline in March 1993. His background includes various joint leadership positions in the Air Force and special operations community. He has participated in numerous combat deployments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa and other sensitive areas around the globe. Prior to his current position, Chief Adams was the Command Chief of the 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC. His qualifications include, Master Static Line Parachutist, Master Military Freefall Parachutist, and Combat Diver.
1997 USAF Airman Leadership School, Pope AFB, NC.
2003 USAF NCO Academy (Commandant/Leadership Award), Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.
2003 Associate in Airway Sciences, Community College of the Air Force.
2005 Associate in Instructor of Technical Teaching, Community College of the Air Force.
2007 USAF Senior NCO Academy (Non-Residence), Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.
2008 National Occupational Instructor/Teaching Certification
2009 Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Leadership Award), Newport Naval Station, RI.
2014 Professional Manager Certification
2014 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education – SEJPME Course (Non-Residence)
2015 Joint Special Operations University Summit Course (SOCOM), MacDill AFB, FL.
2016 Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, TX.
2016 Senior Enlisted Legal Orientation, Judge Advocate General School, Maxwell AFB, AL.
2017 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC Chapel Hill, NC.
2018 Middle East and South Asia Global/Regional Course, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.
2018 China, East Asia and Middle East Global/Regional Course, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.
1. 1991-1993, Combat Control Apprentice Pipeline Student
2. 1993-1996, Combat Control Craftsman, 314th Combat Control SQ, Little Rock AFB, AR.
3. 1996-2002, Flight Element Leader, 21st Special Tactics SQ, Pope AFB, NC.
4. 2002-2004, Chief of Standards-Evaluations, 21st Special Tactics SQ, Pope AFB, NC.
5. 2004-2008, Instructor/Superintendent of Operations, Combat Control School (AETC), PopeAFB, NC.
6. 2008-2011, Superintendent of Operations, 321st Special Tactics SQ, Royal AB Mildenhall,United Kingdom.
7. 2011-2015, Special Operations Training Pipeline Manager / MAJCOM Functional Manager,Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, TX.
8. 2015-2016, Squadron Superintendent, 720th Operations Support SQ, Hurlburt Field, FL.
9. Feb - Aug 2016, Senior Enlisted Leader, Combined Joint Special Operations Component-Afghanistan, Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan.
10. 2016-2017, Group Superintendent, 720th Special Tactics Group, Hurlburt Field, FL.
11. 2017-2018, Command Chief, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC.
12. 2018-Present, Command Chief, 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, FL.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Army Achievement Medal
Air Force Combat Action Medal
Distinguished/Presidential Unit Citation
Gallant Unit Citation
Combat Readiness Medal with one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with one bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two bronze stars
Iraq Campaign Medal with one bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with one bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Space Campaign Medal
NATO Medal with one bronze star
1996 AMC Combat Control Airman of the Year
1998 Pope Air Force Base Airman of the Year
1999 Pope Air Force Base NCO of the Year
2001 USAF Mackay Trophy Recipient
2003 USAF NCO Academy Commandant/Leadership Award
2003 Pope Air Force Base NCO of the Year
2008 AETC Combat Control SNCO of the Year
2009 Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Leadership Award
2010 352 Special Operations Group SNCO of the Year
2011 Air Force Combat Control SNCO of the Year
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant 1 Dec., 2012
(Current as of March 2019)