James A. Roy – 16th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (retired)
Jim was appointed 16th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force on June 30, 2009, and served until January 24, 2013. He was the first CMSAF selected from a combatant command.
Roy grew up in Monroe, Michigan, and entered the Air Force in September 1982. At stations throughout Florida, South Korea, Missouri, Guam, Mississippi, South Carolina, Virginia, Kuwait, Japan, and Hawai‘i, Roy worked a variety of civil engineer duties and held numerous leadership positions at every level. He served as a superintendent of a military personnel flight and a mission support group before becoming a command chief master sergeant at the wing, air expeditionary wing, numbered Air Force, and combatant command levels. Before assuming the position of CMSAF, Roy served as senior enlisted leader and advisor to the U.S. Pacific Command Combatant Commander and staff at Camp H. M. Smith, Hawai‘i.
As CMSAF, Roy worked with joint and coalition teams and focused on deliberate development and resiliency of Airmen and their families. He led the Air Force through the drawdown of Operation Iraqi Freedom, advocated the next generation of enlisted professional military education (PME), and placed a greater focus on the joint force.
A graduate of the Noncommissioned Officer Preparatory Course at MacDill AFB, Florida, and Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Roy has received associate degrees in construction management, construction technology, and applied science. He also received a bachelor’s degree in engineering management, summa cum laude, from Park College in Parkville, Missouri, and holds a Master of Science degree in human resources management from Troy State College in Troy, Alabama.
Roy’s major awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and Air Force Achievement Medal with silver oak leaf cluster. In 1993, Roy was the recipient of the John L. Levitow Award, the highest award for enlisted Professional Military Education in the Air Force. It is presented to the student who demonstrates the most outstanding leadership and scholastic achievement in their class; Roy received it as the top student at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Kadena Air Base, Japan. He was Senior NCO of the Year in 1996, and received the Ancient Order of Chamorro and a special resolution from Guam’s 24th Legislature.
Roy and his wife, Paula, have two sons and live in Summerville, South Carolina.