Chief Master Sergeant Jessica L. Bender is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, which provides the nation’s command authorities with high-altitude intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities and combat support forces for national and theater contingencies. She is the principal senior enlisted advisor to the wing commander on all issues regarding the health, morale, welfare, discipline,   and   readiness   of   7,000   military,   civilian,   and   contractor   personnel.




She enlisted in the Air Force in March 1992 and has been stationed at locations in Oklahoma, Japan, California, Italy, New Jersey, United Kingdom and Florida.  She has also deployed in support of contingency and humanitarian operations in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Turkmenistan and Pakistan. Chief Bender has served in additional leadership positions including Superintendent, Wing Staff Agencies, Career Assistance Advisor, and the ACC 1C3 Functional Manger.






11996   Airman Leadership School, Travis Air Force Base, Calif.

1999  Associates in Applied Science, Information Systems Management, Community College of the Air Force

2003  Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Lackland AFB, Tex.

2006  Non-residence Joint Senior Noncommissioned Officer Course

2008  Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2011  Bachelor of Applied Science, Human Resources Management, University of Maryland





1.  March 1992 - May 1992, Student, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Tex.

2.   May 1992 - July 1992, Student, Command and Control Specialist, Keesler AFB, Miss.

3.   July 1992 - November 1993, Emergency Actions Controller, 71st Flying Training Wing, Vance AFB, Okla.

4.   November 1993 - November 1995, Emergency Actions Controller, 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan

5.   November 1995 - January 1998, Air Operations Specialist, 615th Air Mobility Operations Group, Travis AFB, Calif.

6.   January 1998 - November 1999 NCOIC, Regional Air Operations Control Center, AIRSOUTH, Naples, Italy

7.   November 1999 - September 2003, Sorts Analyst, 15th Air Force, Travis AFB, Calif.

8.   September 2003 - October 2006, Operations Flight Chief, 818th Contingency Response Gp, McGuire AFB, N.J.

9.   October 2006 - May 2008, NCOIC, Console Operations, 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, UK

10. May 2008 - January 2010, Career Assistance Advisor, 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, UK

11. January 2010 - October 2011, Superintendent, Command Post, 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, UK

12. October 2011 - September 2013, Superintendent, Command Post, 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

13. September 2013 - August 2014, MAJCOM 1C3 Functional Manager, HQ AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

14. August 2014 - March 2015, MAJCOM 1C3 Functional Manager, HQ ACC, Langley AFB, Va.

15. March 2015 July 2016, Superintendent, 1st Operations Group, Langley AFB, Va.

16. July 2016 – Present, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Calif.






Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters Joint Service Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with six oak leaf clusters


1997 Distinguished Graduate, Airman Leadership School

1997 Academic Achievement Award, Airman Leadership School 2002 15th Air Force Junior NCO of the Year

2003 15th Air Force Junior NCO of the Year

2008 Distinguished Graduate, SNCO Academy

2010 USAFE Large Command Post of the Year

2010 USAFE Command Post of the Year

2011 AFSOC Command Post of the Year





Airman Basic March 1992

Airman September 1992

Airman First Class July 1993

Senior Airman March 1995

Staff Sergeant August 1997

Technical Sergeant June 2002

Master Sergeant July 2005

Senior Master Sergeant December 2009

Chief Master Sergeant July 2013


(Current as of July 2016)