Simmons hails from Hardeeville, S.C., and is a 21-year security forces defender.
He will serve as the top enlisted adviser to Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer, 412th Test Wing commander, on matters regarding the Edwards enlisted force. Simmons entered the Air Force in September 1994.
His background includes various duties at the unit and major-command levels including flight chief, S2/Intelligence, S3/Operations, S4/Resources & Logistics, large unit security forces manager, major command branch manager, MAJCOM functional manager, Air Force Central Command Security Forces senior enlisted leader and Air Force Forces senior enlisted leader.
His career includes duty assignments in Alabama, England, Kyrgyz Republic, Alaska, Curacao, Japan, Korea, Colorado, Qatar and Ohio. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the Air Force Materiel Command Security Forces MAJCOM functional manager.
As command chief, Simmons is the principal adviser to the commander on matters concerning morale, welfare, discipline, training, fitness and effective utilization of the wing’s force of military, civilian, contractor personnel and their families.
He also represents the enlisted force at a multitude of meetings, committees, boards and steering councils supporting the wing’s personnel across 57 organizations. Simmons presents the senior enlisted corps with motivational speaking engagements and professional development forums with First Term Airman Center, Airman Leadership School and Professional Development seminars.