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August 3, 2012

D-M welcomes new Command Chief, Chief Master Sergeant Dawna M. Cnota

Chief Master Sergeant Dawna M. Cnota is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. She advises the installation commander on matters influencing the health, morale, welfare, readiness and effective utilization of more than 4,000 enlisted Airmen. Chief Cnota is also the installation functional manager for the base’s twenty-six first sergeants and serves on committees developing and implementing Air Force policies and programs that positively impact the quality of life for more than 9,000 Airmen, civilian employees, and family members who work and/or live on the installation.

Chief Cnota was born in Panorama City, California and entered the Air Force in June, 1986.  Her background includes experience in Law Enforcement, Nutrition Therapy, Military Training, and First Sergeant.  She has deployed in support of Operations JOINT ENDEAVOR, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.  Chief Cnota is married to MSgt (retired) Randy Cnota.

EDUCATION

1989  Noncommissioned Officer Preparatory Course, Kirtland AFB NM

1998  Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Peterson AFB, CO

2002  Associate in Applied Science degree, Food and Nutritional Medicine, Community College of the Air Force

2003  Associate in Applied Science degree, Criminal Justice, Community College of the Air Force

2003  Associate in Applied Science degree, Education and Training Management, Community College of the Air Force

2004  Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Gunter Annex, Maxwell AFB, AL

2006  Associate in Applied Science degree, Human Resource Management, Community College of the Air Force

2009  Chief’s Leadership Course, Gunter Annex, Maxwell AFB, AL

2011  Bachelor of Science degree, Social Psychology, Park University, Missouri

2011  Enterprise Management Seminar, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business

ASSIGNMENTS 

  1. June 1986 – August 1986, trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, TX
  2. August 1986 – September 1986, student,, Law Enforcement Technical Training, Lackland AFB, TX
  3. September 1986 – October 1988, Security Police Apprentice, 513th Security Police Squadron, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom
  4. October 1988 – November 1989, Security Police Journeyman, 1606th Security Police Squadron, Kirtland AFB, NM
  5. December 1989 – February 1990, student, Diet Therapy Specialist, Lowry AFB, CO, Sheppard AFB, TX
  6. May 1990 – May 1996, Diet Therapy Craftsman, 59th Nutritional Medicine Squadron, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX
  7. May 1996 – Nov 1997, Diet Therapy Craftsman, 10th Nutritional Medicine Squadron, United States Air Force Academy, CO
  8. November 1997 – June 2000, Military Training Leader, Cadet Squadron 4, 34th Training Wing, United States Air Force Academy, CO
  9. June 2000 – August 2003, Chief Military Training Leader, 335th Training Squadron, Keesler AFB, MS
  10. August 2003 – January 2004, Assistant to the Training Group Commander, 81st Training Group, Keesler AFB, MS
  11. May 2004 – May 2005, First Sergeant, 9th Medical Group, Beale AFB, CA
  12. June 2005 – January 2007, First Sergeant, 23rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Moody AFB, GA
  13. January 2007 – February 2008, First Sergeant, 822d Security Forces Squadron, Moody AFB, GA
  14. February 2008 – July 2008, First Sergeant, 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Moody AFB, GA
  15. July 2008 – July 2010, Security Forces Manager, 23rd Security Forces Squadron, Moody AFB, GA
  16. July 2010 – July 2011, Security Forces Manager, 386th Security Forces Squadron, Southwest Asia
  17. July 2011 – July 2012, Group Superintendent, 325th Mission Support Group, Tyndall AFB, FL
  18. August 2012 – present, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS 

Bronze Star

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters

AF Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

AF Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS 

1989 Military Image Award, NCO Prep School, Kirtland AFB

1995 NCO of the Year, Nutritional Medicine Squadron, 59th MDW, Wilford Hall Medical Center

1997 John L. Levitow Award, Peterson AFB Noncommissioned Officer Academy

1999 NCO of the Year, United States Air Force Academy

1999 Colorado Springs, Colorado Chamber of Commerce NCO of the Year

2001 Senior Military Training Leader of the Year, Keesler AFB

2002 Senior Military Training Leader of the Year, Keesler AFB

2004 Distinguished Graduate, United States First Sergeant Academy

2006 First Sergeant of the Year, Moody AFB

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION 

Chief Master Sergeant, 1 October 2008




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