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CHIEF MASTER SGT. RICHARD R. ONSGARD

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Chief Master Sergeant Richard R. Onsgard is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 146th Airlift Wing, Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Calif. As the senior ranking enlisted member of the wing, he is the principal advisor to the wing commander on matters concerning the welfare, health, morale, progress and effective utilization of all enlisted members assigned to the 146th Airlift Wing. He serves as the representative for the commander and the enlisted force on various committees, councils and boards, and represents the enlisted force at military and civilian functions.

Chief Onsgard was born in Detroit, Michigan on 19 August 1954. He graduated from Van Nuys High School in Van Nuys, Calif., with honors, in June 1972, and graduated from California State University, Northridge in 1976. He is married to Patricia, his wife of 35 years. They have three children, Christina, Ron, and Rick Junior. He enlisted in the California Air National Guard in 1972. Chief Onsgard served as the NCOIC of the Life Support Section from 1987 until 1996. In 1976, Chief Onsgard was accepted into the Los Angeles Fire Department. His career with the Fire Department spanned 24 years, where he progressed through the ranks to Engineer. In 1996 he was selected as First Sergeant of the 115th Airlift Squadron. In October 2001, Chief Onsgard was activated for Operation NOBLE EAGLE and was assigned to a Marine Expeditionary Force. He served on active duty for Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM and has supported the National Guard Bureau in many areas including national Life Support policy and procedures and MAFFS logistics and planning. He was selected to serve as First Sergeant for Operations Joint Forge, Coronet Oak and MAFFS. The 146th Airlift Wing Commander selected Chief Onsgard as Command Chief in November 2008.

Chief Onsgard's decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with two bronze stars, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Air Force Longevity Service Award with seven devices, the Air Force Reserve Medal with one M device and one gold hourglass device, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross.






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