New State Command Chief Master Sergeant Selected for Michigan Air National

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Maj. Gen. Robert Johnston, commander of the Michigan Air National Guard, based in Lansing Mich., has announced the selection of Chief Master Sgt. David Eddy of Nashville, Mich., as the new state command chief master sergeant for the 2,700 plus members of the Michigan Air National Guard. Eddy will assume the duties of command chief in January 2012, when Chief Master Sgt. Michael Dalton of Carleton, Mich., retires.

Eddy brings a diverse background of experience and qualifications to the key leadership position at the Michigan Air National Guard headquarters. He currently serves as the command support staff aviation resource manager for the 217th Air Support Squadron, 217th Air Operations Group based at Battle Creek Air National Guard base. The 217th AOG provides support to the 17th Air Force (U.S. Air Forces Africa) based at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Eddy is assigned as a traditional Guardsman and over the course of his military career has gained management and organizational skills as a human resource advisor, first sergeant, and numerous assignments as a squad leader.

"Chief Eddy has shown great leadership throughout his Air Force and Michigan Air National Guard career and is uniquely qualified for his new position as the state command chief master sergeant." said Maj. Gen. Johnston.

Chief Eddy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1986 and served four years as a military policeman before joining Michigan National Guard. In addition to the vast experience Eddy has acquired over his career, this year, Eddy returned from a deployment at Sather Air Base, Baghdad, Iraq, where he served as superintendent of the 447th Air Expeditionary Group. His duties included overseeing combat operations for more than 400 Airmen as well as general oversight for approximately 1,200 civilian contractors, joint service military personnel, and coalition forces utilizing the base services.

On the civilian side, Eddy is a detective sergeant assigned to the Michigan State Police Major Case Unit. He is a 2006 graduate of Liberty University and a 2002 graduate of the Community College of the Air Force.