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CMSgt COMMAND CHIEF Kris A. Rode

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Chief Master Sergeant Kris A. Rode is the Command Chief for the 132d Wing, Iowa Air National Guard in Des Moines, Iowa. As the Senior Enlisted Advisor/Command Chief, she serves as the advisor to the commander and senior leaders on matters influencing the health, morale, welfare,  quality of life, professional development and effective utilization of enlisted personnel assigned to the 132d  Wing.  Chief Rode serves as representative to the Wing Commander and represents the Wing Enlisted force on various committees, councils and boards and represents the Wing enlisted force at military and civilian functions.

 

 

Chief Master Sergeant Rode is a 2004 graduate of Iowa Valley Community College, a 2011 graduate of Grandview University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, and a 2012 graduate of the Community College of the Air Force. She achieved the status of Registered Nurse in 2004. Before taking her full-time position with the 132d Medical Group, she was a 20+ year employee of the State of Iowa. Serving most recently as the Register Nurse Supervisor at the Iowa Veteran’s Home; providing skilled care to over 645 veterans.

 

Chief Master Sergeant Rode enlisted in the Iowa Air National Guard on April 22, 1993. Following Basic Military Training and Aerospace Medical Technician Training, she was assigned as a Drill Status Guardsman to the 132d Medical Group, 132d Fighter Wing. Since then, she has deployed in various capacities to a variety of locations, including, Guatemala, Germany, Japan, Hawaii, and most CONUS states in support of exercises and overseas contingency operations. Her deployments include: Operation Southern Watch, Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia (2001), Hurricane Katrina, Bay St Louis, Mississippi (2005), Operation Enduring Freedom, Al Udeid AB, Qatar (2007) and Inherent Resolve, Freedom’s Sentinel and Resolute Support,  Al Dhafra AB, (2016) as Medical Group Superintendent for 380th EMDG. Chief Master Sergeant Rode has served in various leadership positions, including, Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge of Nursing Services, 132d Medical Group First Sergeant, and the Superintendent of Nursing Services.

 

EDUCATION

1997 Noncommissioned Officer Preparatory Military Course (non-residence), Maxwell AFB Ala        

2002 Noncommissioned Officer Academy (non-residence), Maxwell AFB, Ala

2004 Associates Degree, Applied Science, Iowa Valley Community College, Marshalltown IA

2006 Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Grand View University, Des Moines IA

2007 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (non-residence), Maxwell AFB, Ala

2012 Associates Degree in Allied Health Services, Community College of the Air Force

2015 Associates Degree in Human Resource Management, Community College of the Air Force

2015 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, National Defense University

 

ASSIGNMENTS

1. July 1993 - September 1993, Basic Training, Lackland AFB, Texas

2. September 1993 - February 1994, Medical Services Specialist, Shepherd AFB, TX

3. February 1994 - August 1999, Medical Services Journeyman, 132d Medical Group, Des Moines, Iowa

4. Aug 1999 - March 2003, NCOIC of Nursing Services, 132d Medical Group, Des Moines, Iowa

5.  March 2003 - August 2006, First Sergeant, 132d Medical Group, Des Moines, Iowa

6.  Aug 2006 - Oct 2012, Superintendent of Nursing Services, 132d Medical Group, Des Moines, Iowa

7. Oct 2012 – April 2016, Superintendent, 132d Medical Group, Des Moines Iowa

8.  Apr 2016- Nov 2016, Superintendent, 380th Expeditionary Medical Group, Southwest Asia

9.  Nov 2016- Sept 2021, Superintendent, 132d Medical Group, Des Moines, Iowa

10.Sept 2021- Present, Command Chief, 132d Wing, Des Moines, Iowa

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

 

Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal 1 device

Air Force Meritorious Unit Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit 6 devices

Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal 5 devices

National Defense Service Medal 2 device

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal 1 device

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal 1 device

Humanitarian Service Medal 1 device

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border 1 device

Air Force Longevity Service 5 devices

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with the 1 “M” device

Basic Military Training Honor Graduate

Air Force Training Ribbon

Iowa National Guard State Service Ribbon 3 devices

Iowa First Sergeant Ribbon

Mississippi Emergency Service Ribbon

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

2012 Medical Group Senior Noncommissioned officer of the year

2008 Air National Guard Medical Services Noncommissioned officer of the year

 
 

2008 Medical Group Senior Noncommissioned officer of the year

2002 Air National Guard Outstanding Medical Services Specialist of the Year

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Airmen First Class - April 22, 1993

Senior Airmen - March 15, 1994

Staff Sergeant - December 15, 1997

Technical Sergeant - April 15, 2001

Master Sergeant - May 15, 2003

Senior Master Sergeant - March 1, 2009

Chief Master Sergeant - September 1, 2013

 

(Current as of September 2021)