Chief Master Sergeant James B. Lindsay is the State Command Chief for the Nevada Air National Guard. He is the principle advisor to the Adjutant General for all enlisted issues and is responsible for matters influencing readiness, force development, health, morale and welfare for the over 900 assigned enlisted personnel and their families.
Chief Lindsay has been with the National Guard for 35 years. He started his career in the Nevada Air National Guard with the 192nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron as a Photo Processing Interpretation Facilities electrician and in 1989 crossed-trained into the electrical/mechanical power production field. From 1995 to 2003, he was the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of the Power Production section. In January of 2003, he was hired as a full-time technician in the 152nd Civil Engineer Squadron (152 CES) as the Base Facility Manager and Base Energy Manager. He was responsible for the operation and execution of maintenance for all facilities and grounds at the Nevada Air National Guard. He was in charge of all aspects of production control, material control, and construction projects up to $750,000. He maintained and tracked all accounts for the 152 CES, which includes the sustainment restoration and modernization account, congressional funding for new construction, remodels, and energy reduction projects. As the Base Energy Manager, Chief Lindsay developed strategic goals for the installation, based directly on the Presidential and Congressional directives and Executive Order 13693 to reduce energy consumption by 25 percent by the end of fiscal year (FY) 2025.
Chief Lindsay was a Member of the Air Mobility Command Inspectors General Team from 2011 to 2019, inspecting Active Duty and National Guard Civil Engineer units during Operational Ready Inspections, Unit Compliance Inspections and Unit Effectiveness Inspections. He had also been a member of the National Guard Bureau Staff Assistance Team that prepared Civil Engineer Squadrons for Unit Effective Inspections from 2010 to 2019. He led the Civil Engineer energy team in 2015, being the only National Guard unit to win the Federal Energy Management Program Award for base program energy reduction. Prior to his current position, Chief Lindsay was assigned to the 152 CES as Chief Enlisted Manager for the Civil Engineer Squadron, where he was responsible for 108 enlisted Airmen's growth, wellbeing, training and professional development. He advised the 152 CES commander on all issues related to the Squadron and the Wing.
1984 US Air Force Basic Training, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas
1984 US Air Force Electrician Tech School, Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas
1986 Associates Degree Electronics Technology, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nev.
1987 Noncommissioned Officer Prep Course, Idaho National Guard, Idaho
1989 US Air Force Power Pro Tech School, Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas
1990 Associates Degree Electrical Mechanical Power Production, Community College of the Air Force
1991 Bachelor of Science, Business Finance, University of Nevada, Reno, Nev.
2003 Noncommissioned Officer Academy by correspondence
2003 US Air Force Production Control School, Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas
2012 US Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officers Academy, by correspondence
2017 Civil Engineer Superintendent Course, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
2017 Chief Executive Course, NGB Readiness Center, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
2018 Chief Leadership Course, Gunter Annex, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2019 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I & II, by correspondence
2019 Command Chief Master Sergeant Course, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas
- July 1984 – September 1984, Student, Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
- September 1984 – December 1984, Student, Technical Training School, Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas
- March 1984 – Febuary 1989, Electrical Craftsman, 192nd Reconnaissance Squadron, Nevada Air National Guard Base, Nev.
- Febuary 1989 – January 2003, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Power Production, 192nd Reconnaissance Squadron, Nevada Air National Guard Base, Nev. (May 2002 – September 2002, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Power Production, Ramstein Air Base, Germany)
- January 2003 – March 2012, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Operations, 152nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Nevada Air National Guard Base, Nev. (January 2007 – Jun 2007, Operations Management Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Sather Air Base, Iraq) (July 2009 – March 2010, Operations Management Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan)
- March 2012 – July 2017, Operations Superintendent, 152nd Civil EngineerSquadron, Nevada Air National Guard Base, Nev. (November 2013 – August 2014, Operations Management Superintendent, Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait
- July 2017 – October 2019, Superintendent, 152nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Nevada Air National Guard Base, Nev. (January 2019 – August 2019, Chief Enlisted Manager, Muwaffaq Salti Air Base, Jordan)
- October 2019 – Present, Nevada State Command Chief Master Sergeant, State Headquarters, Carson City, Nev.
Major Awards and Decorations
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
2015 Nevada Air National Guard SNCO of the Quarter
2015 Nevada Air National Guard SNCO of the Year
Coined by Miranda A.A. Ballentine, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Energy
Received letter from Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force for the 2015 Federal Energy Management Program award
Professional Membership and Associations
The American Legion Post 0030
Nevada Enlisted Association of the Nevada Guard of the United States
Effective Dates of Promotion
Airman Basic March 17, 1984
Airman January 11, 1985
Airman First Class December 15, 1985
Senior Airman August 18, 1987
Sergeant May 30, 1988
Staff Sergeant May 1, 1989
Technical Sergeant April 1, 1991
Master Sergeant July 12, 2003
Senior Master Sergeant April 14, 2012
Chief Master Sergeant July 15, 2017
(Current as of November 2019)