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Chief Master Sgt. Jacquita F. Melton serves as command chief of the 178th Wing at Springfield Air National Guard Base, Ohio. The wing provides ready units to conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, command and control, and operations support in order to carry out federal and state missions while remaining active in the local community. As command chief, she is responsible for all matters influencing mission readiness, professional development, training, proper utilization, health, morale, and welfare issues of 1,200 Airmen.

Melton hails from Gray, Georgia and entered the Air Force in July 1999 as an airfield management specialist.  After serving seven years on active duty, she transferred to the Air Force Reserves. In 2007, she transferred to the Ohio Air National Guard. She served as an operations intelligence analyst where she supported a diverse mission set that included dynamic coordination with ground forces, target analysis, ensuring aircrew awareness, and mission flow. Melton has held a variety of leadership roles at the wing and state levels. She has deployed twice in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. As a mission intelligence coordinator with the MQ-9 Reaper, she supported Operations New Dawn, Freedom’s Sentinel, Nomad Shadow, and Inherent Resolve.

Melton is a small business owner in addition to her role as command chief. She is committed to strengthening community connections through charitable services and contributions. Before assuming her current position, she served as senior enlisted leader for the 178th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group at Springfield Air National Guard Base, Ohio



1999    Airfield Management Apprentice Course, Keesler AFB Mississippi

2004    Airmen Leadership School, Eglin AFB, Florida

2005    Airfield Management Craftsman Course, Keesler AFB, Mississippi

2009    Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, by correspondence

2010    Bachelor of Science (cum Laude), Applied Management, Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio

2011    Operations Intelligence Apprentice Course, Goodfellow AFB, Texas

2014    Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, by correspondence

2014    Associates Degree in Aviation Management, Community College of the Air Force

2014    Associates Degree in Intelligence Studies and Technology, Community College of the Air Force

2014    Professional Management Certification, Community College of the Air Force

2015    Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education I, by correspondence  

2015    International Non-Commissioned Officer Development Seminar, Winnipeg, Canada

2016    Master of Business Administration, Liberty University, Virginia

2017    Senior Enlisted Intelligence ISR Master Skills Course, Goodfellow AFB, Texas

2017    Air Force Operations Security Course, Hurlburt Field AFB, Florida

2019    Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Education II, by correspondence 

2020    Chief Master Sergeant Orientation Course, Virtual Course, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland

2021    ANG Contemporary Base Issues Course, Virtual Course

2022     Defense Support of Civil Authorities Phase I, by correspondence 

2023    Clark County Community Leadership Academy, Springfield, Ohio

2023    ANG Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course, Lackland AFB, Texas

2023   Leading Strategically, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Colo.

2023   Executive Leadership Program in Managing for Inclusion, Virtual Course, Georgetown University, Washington D.C



  1. November 1999 – February 2005, Airfield Management Operations Supervisor, 46th Operations Support Squadron, Eglin AFB, Florida (September 2001 – March 2002, Airfield Management Team Member, Al Udeid, Qatar, September 2004 - January 2005, Airfield Management Supervisor, Kirkuk AB, Iraq)
  2. February 2005 – February 2006, Airfield Management Supervisor, 412th Operations Support Squadron, Edwards AFB, California
  3. February 2006 – November 2006, Aviation Resource Management Helper, 403rd Operations Support Flight, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
  4. November 2006 – August 2007, Airfield Management Craftsman (IMA), 1st Special Operations Support Flight, Hurlburt Field AFB, Florida
  5. August 2007 – November 2010, Airfield Management Operations Craftsman, 178th Operations Support Squadron, Springfield ANGB, Ohio
  6. November 2010 – December 2017, Mission Intelligence Coordinator, 162nd Attack Squadron, Springfield ANGB, Ohio
  7. December 2017 – July 2020, Senior Enlisted Leader, 178th Operations Support Squadron, Springfield ANGB, Ohio
  8. July 2020 – May 2021, Senior Enlisted Leader, 126th Intelligence Squadron, Springfield ANGB, Ohio
  9. May 2021 – December 2022, Senior Enlisted Leader, 178th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group, Springfield ANGB, Ohio
  10. December 2022 – Present, Command Chief, 178th Wing, Springfield ANGB, Ohio



Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air and Space Commendation Medal

Air and Space Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal with four service stars



Ohio Faithful Service Ribbon with one device

Ohio Award of Merit with two devices



2009    Top Performer Award, Davis-Monthan AFB, Tuscan, Arizona

2010    Cum Laude, Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio

2015    Mission Crew of the Quarter, 432d Air Expeditionary Wing, Creech AFB, Nevada

2019    Superior Performer, ACC Unit Effectiveness Inspection, Springfield ANGB, Ohio

2019    Major General Mechenbier Unit Award, Springfield ANGB, Ohio



Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Ohio, Member

Clark State College Scholars Program, Mentor

Air Force Sergeants Association, Member



Airman Basic July 14, 1999

Airman Jan. 14, 2000

Airman First Class Nov. 14, 2000

Senior Airman July 14, 2002

Staff Sergeant May 1, 2004

Technical Sergeant May 15, 2008

Master Sergeant Nov. 1, 2010

Senior Master Sergeant Nov. 1, 2016

Chief Master Sergeant March 1, 2020


(Current as of April 2023)