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CMSgt Wayne Norrad, USAF, Ret., Vice President

CMSgt (Ret) Wayne Norrad

Chief Master Sergeant Wayne G. Norrad served 30 years active duty followed by almost 20 years as a Contractor and Civilian in AFSOC. He initially joined the Air Force in February 1966 and trained as a B-52 bomb loader. After serving a tour in Southeast Asia at U-Tapao Air Base, Thailand from May 1968 through May 1969 and at Pease AFB, NH, he separated from the Air Force. After a 10-month break in service he returned to active duty in October 1970. He retrained from the weapons mechanic to the combat control (CCT) career field in 1971. In CCT he served in many senior NCO leadership positions including Superintendent, Combat Control School, Military Airlift Command Inspector General Operations Inspector, Team Leader (Silver Team) and later Superintendent, Detachment 1, Military Airlift Combat Operations Staff (MACOS), currently named the 24th Special Operations Squadron, Superintendent, HQ 23 Air Force Combat Control Division, first Chief Enlisted Manager of the 720th Special Tactics Group, Superintendent, 1723d Combat Control Squadron (later renamed the 23d Special Tactics Squadron) until being selected as AFSOC’s second Senior Enlisted Advisor in September 1992 through1995. He participated in Operation JUST CAUSE making a night combat jump with the Army Rangers into Rio Hato Airfield, Panama and later served in Operation DESERT SHIELD/STORM. His last active duty assignment was as the CCT and Pararescue (PJ) Recruiting Liaison where he established and led the Air Force STARS Parachute Demonstration Team until retiring on 1 January 1997. Following retirement he continued to work at the 720th Special Tactics Group leading the STARS Team and AFSOC’s recruiting effort to fill the chronic critically manned CCT and PJ career fields. His last assignment as a Civilian employee was at the 24th Special Operations Wing until fully retiring on 1 March 2016. Chief Norrad held ratings as a Master Parachutist, Military Freefall Jumpmaster, Combat Diver and earned Enlisted Aircrew Wings as an additional crew member while flying on C-130 combat missions over Cambodia. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars, five Meritorious Service Medals, AF Commendation Medal, two AF Achievement Medals, the Air Force Outstanding Airmen of the Year Ribbon, and several campaign ribbons and devices. He was inducted into the ACA Hall of Fame in 2004, received the National Defense Industrial Association DeProspero Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, selected into the USSOCOM Hall of Honor in 2012 and Combat Control Association Hall of Fame in 2013. He served on the Board of Directors for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation for 19 years and was President, Combat Control Association twice. He also served on the ACA Board of Directors twice and on the ACA Hall of Fame Voting Committee, serving as Secretary for three years. He was appointed to the ACA Vice President position in early 2016 and was re-elected in October 2016. 

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