Chief Master Sergeant David W. Stevens is the State Wing Command Chief, HQ WVANG, West Virginia Air National Guard, Charleston, W.Va. He is the principal advisor to the Assistant Adjutant General and his senior staff on matters of health, welfare and morale, professional development, and the effective utilization of more than 2,200 enlisted personnel assigned to the state. He maintains close relationships with commanders, Chief Master Sergeants, First Sergeants, the Airman and Family Programs Coordinator and other senior leaders to advise them on the care of Airmen and their families.
Chief Stevens enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on Aug. 3, 1984. He served for a period of 4 years. His first duty assignment was with the 7th Engineer Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He then served with the 9th Engineer Battalion, 3rd FSSG, in Okinawa, Japan for his remaining time on active duty. He re-enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in September 1988 and served with B Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division based in Frederick, Md. The chief deployed to the Persian Gulf serving with the 2nd Marine Division during Operation DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM in 1990. Chief Stevens joined the West Virginia Air National Guard in June 1992. He enlisted as a traditional guard member with the 167th Civil Engineering Squadron’s Emergency Management flight. He prepared for and participated in several unit operational readiness inspections and compliance inspections as well as other home station training events such as the Air Force Junior ROTC encampment. Chief Stevens was activated following the events of 9/11 and he deployed in October of 2001 to a bare base in Jacobabad, Pakistan for a period of 5 months in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He returned home in February 2002 and remained on duty with the 167th AW taking over the EM flight as the full-time technician in the fall of 2002. Chief Stevens was called to serve again the spring of 2003 where he and fellow flight members prepared for the invasion of Iraq. He deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq in July 2003 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Chief Stevens continued to serve in EM until September 2013, when he was then reassigned as the Operations Superintendent for the 167th Security Forces Squadron. In June 2015 he was promoted to the rank of chief master sergeant and assigned as the 167th Security Forces Manager.
Chief Stevens was a member of the National Honor Society in high school. After his active duty enlistment ended in July 1988, he pursued a career in law enforcement. He graduated from the West Virginia State Police Academy’s Basic Law Enforcement Officers Course in 1994 and was the recipient of the Outstanding Officer Award. He was a patrolman with the Martinsburg Police Department, where he served as a K-9 handler from 1994 to 2002 while also serving as a traditional Guardsman. Prior to his current position as the State Command Chief, he served as the 167th Airlift Wing Command Chief.
1984 U.S. Marine Corps Boot Camp, Parris Island, S.C.
1984 U.S. Marine Corps Bulk Fuel Specialists MOS training, Fort Lee, Va.
1992 U.S. Air Force Disaster Preparedness Course, Lowry AFB, Colo.
1992 Basic Law Enforcement Officers Course, WV State Police Academy, Charleston, W.Va.
1993 Basic K9 Handler Training, Montgomery County Police Department, Rockville, Md.
1994 K9 Narcotics Detector Training, Montgomery County Police Department, Rockville, Md.
1998 Highway Interdiction, U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency, Morgantown, W.Va.
2002 U.S. Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tenn.
2005 U.S. Air Force Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Level II, 177th ANG, Atlantic City ANGB, N.J.
2006 U.S. Air Force Senior NCO Academy, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.
2009 Regents Bachelor of Arts, Marshall University, Huntington, W.Va.
2014 West Virginia Automated Police Network, WV State Police Academy, Charleston, W.Va.
2014 Security Specialist Course, Lackland AFB, Texas
2014 Chief Executive Course, Andrews AFB, Md.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal
STATE AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
West Virginia Achievement Ribbon
West Virginia Emergency Service Ribbon with oak leaf cluster
West Virginia Service Ribbon with three oak leaf clusters
West Virginia Distinguished Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
WV Humanitarian Service Ribbon
2008 WVANG Outstanding Airman of the Year – Honor Guard Member Category
2014 WVANG Outstanding Airman of the Year – Honor Guard Manager Category
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Private Aug. 3, 1984
Private First Class Feb. 1, 1985
Lance Corporal Oct. 1, 1985
Corporal Dec. 1, 1987
Sergeant Feb. 1, 1989
Staff Sergeant June 4, 1992
Technical Sergeant July 16, 1999
Master Sergeant Dec. 19, 2002
Senior Master Sergeant Oct. 17, 2007
Chief Master Sergeant June 8, 2015
(Current as of August 2019)