Chief Master Sergeant MELISSA H. ROYSTER

Chief Master Sgt. Melissa H. Royster is the Command Chief, 55th Wing, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. As the commander’s principle advisor, she gives guidance and helps lead an organization of 7,700 personnel in six groups and 30 squadrons across nine garrison and abroad locations. She ensures commander’s intent is understood and executed, while having responsibility for the readiness, morale and welfare, training, personal and professional development within the largest and most diverse wing in Air Combat Command. She provides senior enlisted leadership as the wing conducts worldwide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; electronic attack, command and control; presidential support; and treaty verification missions. She also has a responsibility to more than 50 partner units, including U.S. Strategic Command, 557th Weather Wing and 45,000 active-duty, civilians, family members and retirees.

Throughout her career, Royster has held a variety of leadership positions serving at the squadron, group, wing and major command levels. She is a graduate of the Air Force Wholesale Career Broadening Program, where she worked at the Defense Logistics Agency in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her deployments include support to Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, and Enduring Freedom. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as the Command Chief of the 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas.

2001 Airman Leadership School, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
2005 Associate Degree Applied Sciences, Logistics Management, CCAF
2008 Distinguished Graduate, Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Ramstein AB, Germany           
2011 Bachelor of Science, Management Studies, University of Phoenix
2012 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education
2012 Executive Certification, Supply Chain Management, Wright State University
2013 Professional Manager Certification, CCAF
2013 USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Gunter Annex, Ala.
2014 Master of Arts in Management and Leadership, Liberty University
2015 Advanced Program Logistics/Technology, University NC-Chapel Hill-Kenan Flagler Business School
2017 Command Chief Master Sergeant Orientation Course, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
2018 Chief Leadership Course, Maxwell AFB, Gunter Annex, Ala.
2018 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II
1. February 1997 – July 1999, Receiving Journeyman, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina
2. August 1999 – May 2000, Readiness Spares Package Journeyman, Osan AB, Korea
3. June 2000 – June 2003, Material Acquisition, 823d Red Horse Squadron, Hurlburt Field AFB, Fla.
    (Nov 2002 – May 2003, Material Acquisition Journeyman, Thumrait, Oman)
4. July 2003 – July 2005, Assistant NCOIC, Requirements Element, Hurlburt Field AFB, Fla.
5. August 2005 – December 2005, Storage and Issue Supervisor, Lakenheath RAF, U.K.
6. January 2006 – January 2007, Unit Training Manager, Lakenheath RAF, U.K.
7. Jan 2007 – Jan 2008, NCOIC Logistics Readiness Center, Lakenheath RAF, U.K.
    (May 2008 – Sept 2008, NCOIC Supply Element, JTF Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras)
8. February 2009 – November 2009, NCOIC Customer Service, Lakenheath RAF, U.K.
9. November 2009 – November 2012, Wholesale Logistics Career Broadener, Philadelphia, Pa.
      (May 2011 – Nov 2011, DLA Multi-Class Expediter, Camp Airifjan Kuwait)
10. December 2012 – April 2015, Manager, Command Equipment Office & Systems, Scott AFB, Ill.
11. May 2015 – May 2016, AMC Materiel Management Functional Manager, Scott AFB, Ill.
12. June 2016 – June 2017, Superintendent, 635th Supply Chain Operations Group, Scott AFB, Ill.
13. June 2017 – March 2018, Chief, Materiel Management, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan
14. April 2018 – Oct 2018, Squadron Superintendent, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan
15. October 2018 – March 2019, Interim Command Chief, 18th Wing, Kadena AB, Japan
16. April 2019 – August 2022, Command Chief, 22 Air Refueling Wing, McConnell AFB, Kansas
17. August 2022 – Present, Command Chief, 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, Neb.
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Army Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal  
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal  
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
2006 Air Force Association CCAF Pitsenbarger Award
2008 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron NCO of the Year
2009 48th Mission Support Group NCO of the 3rd Quarter
2011 Defense Logistics Agency SNCO of the Year
2012 AF Wholesale Logistics Career Broadening Program Graduate
2013 HQ AMC Directorate of Logistics, Engineering & Force Protection SNCO of 2nd Quarter
2013 HQ AMC Volunteer of the Year
2014 HQ AMC Directorate of Logistics, Engineering & Force Protection SNCO of the Year
Chief Master Sergeant   November 2016
(Current as of August 2022)