2018-08-22 / News

Chief Master Sgt. Winfield Hinkley Jr. has new leadership post

Joint Base Elmenforf- Richardson, Alaska — Chief Master Sgt. Winfield Hinkley, Jr., son of Wink and Karen Hinkley of Grand Gorge, assumed responsibility of the senior enlisted leader position of the Alaska National Guard through the passing of the Non- Commissioned Officer’s Saber to Maj. Gen. Laurie Hummel, the adjutant general of Alaska, during a change-of-responsibility ceremony here on August 13.

As the third Alaska National Guard senior enlisted leader, and one of 11 Air Force members to hold the position throughout the 54 states and territories, he represents the highest level of enlisted leadership within the Alaska National Guard and oversees the combat readiness, health, welfare, development and quality of life for more than 4,100 assigned Active and Reserve Air Force and Army personnel across the state of Alaska.

Personal advisor

He serves as the personal advisor to the Adjutant General on all matters affecting the enlisted force and their families while advancing priorities of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs with legal, moral and ethical focus.

Under state law, the National Guard provides protection of life, property and preserves peace, order and public safety. These missions are accomplished through emergency relief support during natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and forest fires; search and rescue operations; support to civil defense authorities; maintenance of vital public services and counterdrug operations. The National Guard’s federal mission is to maintain well-trained, well-equipped combat units available for prompt mobilization during federal military operations and Hinkley will directly impact by partnering and aligning with appropriate agencies, providing subject matter experts in the Arctic domain and improving professionalism through the military ranks.

Transition to Alaska

Chief Hinkley transitioned to the Alaska Air National Guard in 2013 after 21 years in the Active Duty Air Force and has been an integral member of the wing in operational support, leadership and professional development of all members.

This is his 11th assignment change since leaving his home of Grand Gorge after graduating from Roxbury Central School in 1992, starting his journey of military service.

Before his current assignment Chief Hinkley and his family were assigned to the Air National Guard Readiness Center’s Statutory Tour program where he was assigned to McGhee Tyson Air National Guard base in Knoxville Tennessee as the 15th Commandant of the CMSgt Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center.

Wink and his wife DeeDee have five children – Abby, Makayla, Izzy, Winfield Noah and Sophia.

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