CMSgt. William C. Perkins is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 177th Fighter Wing of the New Jersey Air National Guard. He represents the highest level of enlisted leadership and is the principal advisor to the Commander of the 177th Fighter Wing. CMSgt. Perkins is responsible for matters influencing professional development, health, morale, and welfare of more than 1,200 Airmen.
Chief Perkins was raised in Maple Shade, N.J. In 1988, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and attended basic training in 1989. He subsequently was assigned to the 17th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base (AFB), S.C., where he served as an Operations Resource Management Specialist. In April 1992, he Palace Fronted from active duty to the 119th Fighter Squadron. In 1996, prior to his position as Command Post Superintendent, he was assigned to the 177th Fighter Wing’s Command Post as a Command Post Controller.
While assigned to the 17th Tactical Fighter Squadron, in 1990, Chief Perkins was deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Desert Shield, and subsequently, Operation Desert Storm. On September 11, 2001, and again in 2006, he was mobilized to serve in Operation Noble Eagle. In 2012, he participated in Super Storm Sandy humanitarian efforts as a command and control node in recovery operations. During his tenure as Superintendent of the Command Post, Chief Perkins led his Command Post team to four Air Combat Command Superior Performer Team Awards in four consecutive inspections, earning a fifth Superior Performer Award as an Individual. In 2013 and 2016 respectively, he led his Command Post to earning two Air National Guard Unit Command Post of the Year Awards. Recently, he completed his Doctoral studies in Organizational Leadership at Stockton University and is a newly published author. In his civilian capacity, Chief Perkins is a retired Detective with a local police department, is currently an Adjunct Professor with two universities, and is obtaining his executive leadership coaching certification.
1989 Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
1995 Noncommissioned Officer Preparatory, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence,
1996 Associate of Science degree, Criminal Justice studies, Burlington County College, Pemberton, N.J.
1997 Air Force Command and Control Apprentice Course, Keesler AFB, Miss.
1997 Associate in Applied Science, Information Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force
2007 NCO Academy, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tenn.
2007 Bachelor of Science degree, Social Sciences, Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa
2009 USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2010 Associate in Applied Science, Aviation Management, Community College of the Air Force
2010 Graduate Certificate program in Human Resources Administration, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, N.J.
2011 Graduate Certificate program in Global Leadership, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, N.J.
2011 Professional Manager Certification, Community College of the Air Force
2011 Master of Administrative Science degree, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, N.J.
2012 Leadership Foundry: Leadership Challenge II Program, Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
2012 Executive Certificate in Business Administration, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, Ind.
2014 Master of Arts degree, Instructional Technology, Stockton University, Galloway, N.J.
2015 Project Management Course, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
2015 Air National Guard Instructor Certification Program (ICP) Course, McGhee Tyson, ANGB, Tenn.
2016 Graduate Certificate program in Training and Development, Stockton University, Galloway, N.J.
2016 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education I and II, Joint Knowledge Online, Suffolk, Va.
2019 Doctor of Education degree, Organizational Leadership, Stockton University, Galloway, N.J.
1. March 1989 – April 1989, trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base (AFB), Texas
2. May 1989 – September 1991, OPS Resource Management, 17th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C.
3. September 1991 – June 1992, Flight Management Specialist, 19th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C.
4. July 1992 – February 1996, Flight Records Clerk, 119th Fighter Squadron, Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
5. February 1996 – November 2008, Command Post Controller, 177th Fighter Wing, Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
6. November 2008 – February 2018, Command Post Superintendent, 177th Fighter Wing, Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
7. February 2018 – Present, C2 Functional Manager, 177th Fighter Wing, Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters
STATE AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
New Jersey Desert Storm Medal
New Jersey State Service Ribbon
New Jersey Unit Strength Award Ribbon
1997 Distinguished Graduate, Air Force Command and Control School, Keesler AFB, Miss.
2007 Distinguished Graduate, Noncommissioned Officer Academy, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tenn.
2012 Employee of the Year, 177th Fighter Wing Headquarters Staff, N.J.
2016 Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, N.J. Air National Guard
2016 Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Command and Control, Air National Guard
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman – September 8, 1989
Airman First Class – July 8, 1990
Senior Airman – March 8, 1992
Staff Sergeant – May 7, 1995
Technical Sergeant – December 4, 1999
Master Sergeant – July 21, 2007
Senior Master Sergeant – January 9, 2010
Chief Master Sergeant – December 18, 2017
(Current as of September 2020)