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Bass Tapped as Air Force’s First Female Enlisted Leader

June 20, 2020
Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne Bass, 2nd Air Force command chief master sergeant and Gen. C.Q. Brown Jr.’s pick to be the next Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, connects with students at the Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, on Nov. 20, 2019. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Robyn Hunsinger.

From the Air Force Magazine website

Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne Bass will become the 19th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, and the first female enlisted Airman to lead one of the U.S. armed forces.

Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., who will take over as Chief of Staff later this summer, picked Bass to follow outgoing CMSAF Kaleth Wright. Bass’s selection sets up a historic leadership slate for the Air Force: It will become the first military branch run by a Black CSAF and a female enlisted Chief. 

Bass is the first Asian American to serve as the highest-ranking non-commissioned member of a U.S. military service as well.

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