State Command Chief Master Sergeant, Massachusetts Air National Guard

Command Chief Master Sergeant Sean Sullivan

Chief Master Sergeant Sean Sullivan is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the Massachusetts Air National Guard located at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. As the top enlisted member of the state, he is responsible for providing leadership to the enlisted forces where he plays a vital role in readiness and force development. He is responsible for the leadership of 2,000 Airmen throughout the state that are geographically seportate at two wings and one headquarters. 

Chief Sullivan initially enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in 1983 and served four years in the infantry before joining the Massachusetts Army National Guard in 1987. In 1989 Chief Sullivan was selected for Officer Candidate School and received a Commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1990. Chief Sullivan was given an opportunity to attend Initial Entry Rotary Wing training and received his aviator rating in 1991. Chief Sullivan continued to serve in the Army National Guard until 1999. In 2009 Chief Sullivan enlisted in the Massachusetts Air National Guard and accepted a position as the Ground Safety NCOIC for the 267th Combat Communications Squadron. Chief Sullivan was selected to become a First Sergeant and served at the Squadron and Wing level before being selected as a Command Chief. During his career, Chief Sullivan has served in an array of leadership roles at squad, platoon, company, squadron and Wing levels. He has participated in Marine Amphibious Unit deployments in 1984, 1985 and 1987 to the Pacific Theater of operations and was deployed as a security element to assist United States Advisors in South America in 1985. As an Army Aviator Chief Sullivan was activated for numerous Domestic Operations including airborne firefighting operations in Western Massachusetts assisting in firefighting efforts for several out of control forest fires that were threatening homes and ski lodges. Chief Sullivan is a competent and sought after instructor having served as a marksmanship instructor in the Marine Corps, a Training Advisor and Counseling Officer for the Officer Candidate School in the Army and a facilitator for the 102d Intelligence Wing satellite Airman Leadership School and Non-Commissioned Officers Academy. He is a veteran of Operations FREEDOMS SENTINAL, NOBLE EAGLE and INHERENT RESOLVE. 

Chief Sullivan is a retired civilian Law Enforcement officer and served twenty five years for the Town of Mashpee Massachusetts. Chief Sullivan rose to the rank of Lieutenant and was in command of the detective division and Special Response Team. Currently Chief Sullivan is the Operations Director of the Organization of Competitive Bodybuilding, the largest drug-free bodybuilding federation in America. He is also a published author and certified polygraph examiner. 

1983 United States Marine Corps Infantry Training School – Camp Pendleton, CA
1984 United States Marine Corps Mountain Warfare School – Bridgeport, CA 
1984 United States Marine Corps Jungle Environment Survival School – Subic Bay Philippines 
1986 United States Marine Corps Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School – Okinawa Japan 
1989 United States Army Recondo School – Camp Edwards, MA 
1989 Army Sniper Course Phase I – Camp Robinson, AR 
1989 Officer Candidate School – Camp Edwards, MA 
1990 Army Initial Entry Rotary Wing Aviator 
1991 Army Air Assault School – Fort Rucker, AL 
2009 Ground Safety Apprentice Course, Lackland AFB, TX 
2012 Non-Commissioned Officers Academy - Lackland AFB, TX 
2012 Technical Sergeants Mentoring Enlisted (T.I.M.E) Conference - Southbridge, MA 
2013 Ground Safety Craftsman Course - Lackland, AFB TX 
2013 Instructor Trainer Course – Otis, AFB MA 
2013 Air National Guard Leadership Challenge Program – Level I, Plymouth MA 
2013 Instructor Certification Program - Otis, MA 2016 First Sergeant Academy – Montgomery, AL 
2017 Senior Non-Commissioned Officers Academy – Montgomery, AL 
2017 Community College of the Air Force – Associates Operational Health and Safety 
2017 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education I, JKO, Joint Forces Staff College 
2019 Community College of the Air Force – Associates Human Resource Management 
2019 Senior Enlisted Joint professional Military Education II, JKO, Joint Forces Staff College 
2019 Defense Support of Civil Authorities Phase I, JKO 
2020 Reserve Component National Security Course – Washington DC 
2021 Green Belt Trained, OPUSWORKS 

September 1983 – August 1987, 3rd Bn, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division – Camp Pendleton, CA
November 1987 - January 1988, 272nd Chemical Warfare Company, Walpole, MA 
January 1988 – January 1989, 26th Aviation Armorer, Camp Edwards, MA 
January 1989 - July 1990, Officer Candidate School, Camp Edwards, MA 
December 1990 - November 1991, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, Fort Rucker, AL 
January 1991- October 1997, Rotary Wing Aviator, Platoon Commander “Dark horse” 26th Aviation Camp Edwards, MA 
March 2009 – November 2014, Ground Safety NCOIC, 267th Combat Comm, Otis ANGB, MA 
November 2014 – October 2016, First Sergeant, 101st Intelligence Squadron, Otis ANGB, MA 
October 2016 – June 2017, First Sergeant, 350th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, undisclosed location. 
August 2017 – September 2021, First Sergeant, 102nd Intelligence Wing, Otis ANGB, MA 
October 2021 – Present, Massachusetts State Command Chief, Hanscom Air Force Base, MA 

1983 Distinguished Graduate Marine Corps Basic Training
1990 Officer Candidate School Honor Graduate, Academic award, Field leadership award 
1991 Aero Scout Top Stick Award – Distinguished Graduate 
1992 Officer Basic Course Distinguished Graduate 
2009 Safety Apprentice Course Distinguished Graduate 2012 Safety Craftsman Course Distinguished Graduate 
2013 Otis Advisory Council - Joint Base Cape Cod Military member of the Year 
2013 Non-Commissioned Officers Academy Commandants Award 
2015 Distinguished Graduate First Sergeant Academy 
2016 102nd Intelligence Wing First Sergeant of the Year 
2017 Massachusetts National Guard First Sergeant of the Year 

Technical Sergeant, Feb. 17, 2009
Master Sergeant, May 15, 2013 
Senior Master Sergeant, Dec. 15, 2018 
Chief Master Sergeant, July 1, 2020 


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