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Command Chief Master Sgt. Michael T Cristiano is Command Chief of the 109th Airlift Wing, Stratton Air National Guard Base. As the Command Chief, he reports directly to the Wing Commander on enlisted personnel issues, to include professional military education, enlisted promotions, mentorship, morale, family, community relations, and esprit de corps. He is the 109th AW's seventh Senior Enlisted Adviser/Command Chief.

He graduated from Ichabod Crane High School, Kinderhook, N.Y., in 1974, and attended Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y. His course of studies included Civil Engineering and Accounting.

Chief Cristiano entered the active duty Air Force in 1975 for four years, serving as an Aircraft Maintainer (two engines). He was assigned to Plattsburgh Air Force Base, N.Y. He was a crew chief on the FB-111A, Strategic Air Command's fastest bomber. He served with the 380th OMS from 1975 to 1979.

After his tour of active duty, Chief Cristiano joined the 109th Tactical Airlift Group in 1979. He was assigned to the 139th Tactical Airlift Squadron as a Flight Engineer. He attended training at Altus AFB, Okla., and Duke Field, Fla. Chief Cristiano first qualified on C-130D and C-130D-6 aircraft. The 109th TAG was responsible for the resupply of radar sites on the Greenland Icesheet.

Chief Cristiano was hired by Southern Air Transport as a Flight Engineer on the civilian version of the C-130. He transitioned to B-707 aircraft and became an Instructor and Check Airman. He acquired more than 3,100 hours in a four-year period.

From 1988 to 2006 he was the Flight Engineer Supervisor assigned to 139th Airlift Squadron. During this period, the 109th AW transitioned from its Greenland resupply mission to the current Antarctic mission.

He received an Associate of Science Degree in Aviation Operations from the Community College of the Air Force in 1984. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management in 1997.

Chief Cristiano returned to aircraft maintenance in 2006 and assumed his present military position as the USAP Aircraft Manager in 2008. Chief Cristiano was an Evaluator Flight Engineer with more than 11,800 flying hours in the C-130 E, H models, and the B-707. 

1997, Bachelor of science degree in organizational management, Nyack College, N.Y.
1990 - USAF Senior NCO Academy
1984 - Community College of the Air Force A.S. Aviation Operations
1982 - NCO Academy
1978 - NCO Orientation Course

1975-1979, FB-111A Crew Chief, 380th OMS, Plattsburgh AFB, N.Y.
1979-1988, Flight Engineer Instructor, C-130D, C/LC-130H, 139th Airlift Squadron, Stratton ANGB, N.Y.
1988-2006, Flight Engineer Supervisor, 139th Airlift Squadron, Stratton ANGB, N.Y.
2006-2008, Operations Liaison, 109th MXG, Stratton ANGB, N.Y.
2008-Present, USAP Aircraft Manager, 109th MXG, Stratton ANGB, N.Y.

Rating: Chief Aircrew Member
Flight hours: 11,800 flying hours
Aircraft flown: C/LC130 D,H, L-382, B-707

Meritorious Service Medal 2 Devices
Air Medal 7 Devices
Aerial Achievement Medal 2 Devices
Air Force Achievement Medal 2 Devices
AF Outstanding Unit Award 3 Devices
Combat Readiness Medal 10 Devices
Air Good Conduct Medal 1 Device
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal 8 Devices
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal 1 Device
Antarctica Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
AF Overseas Ribbon (Short)
AF Longevity Service 5 Devices
Armed Forces Reserve Medal 1 Device
Air Force Training Ribbon
New York Commendation Medal 2 Devices
New York State Long & Faithful Service 3 Devices
New York Desert Storm Service Medal
New York State Defense of Liberty

Master Sergeant - Sept. 27, 1988
Senior Master Sergeant - Oct. 9, 1990
Chief Master Sergeant - Dec. 29, 1997

(Current as of August 2008)

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