Chief Master Sgt. James W. Loper is the Command Chief for 10th Air Force, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas. He advises the 10th Air Force Commander on all matters concerning the health, morale, welfare and effective management of more than 20,000 Reserve members at 30 locations. Covering all fighter, bomber, special operations, rescue, airborne warning and control, fighter and bomber flying-training missions, combat air operations battle staff, remotely-piloted aircraft, space and cyber units in the Air Force Reserve Command. Chief Loper provides leadership and guidance as the commander's representative to numerous committees, councils and boards, and at military functions throughout the command.
Chief Loper began his military career in 1995 as a graduate of Air Force Basic Military Training. He spent four years on active duty as an Air Combat Command C2 controller, including one deployment to Central Command, before joining the Air Force Reserve in 1999. Chief Loper has served tours of duty in Southwest Asia for Operation Northern Watch, as well as two deployments to the European theater for Operation Joint Forge.
Prior to his current assignment, Chief Loper was the Command Chief for the 926th Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
2002 Airman Leadership School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2003 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Regis University, Denver, Colo.
2005 NCO Academy, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 USAF SNCO Academy, Maxwell AFB
2009 USAF Air Command & Staff College IDE (JPME), Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2011 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course (SEJPME), Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2013 Associates in Emergency Management, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2014 Senior Leader Nuclear Management Course, Nuclear Weapons Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
2014 USAF Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course (Validating Class), Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2015 Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century (AFSO21) Executive Leaders Course, University of Tennessee
2016 Keystone Joint Leadership Course, National Defense University (NDU), Washington D.C.
2016 Professional Manager Certification, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2017 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course II (SEJPME II), Maxwell AFB
2017 Latin America Political-Economic Conflict Seminar, Capitol Hill Club, Washington D.C
2018 Enterprise Perspective Seminar, Capitol Hill Club, Washington D.C
November 1995 - April 1996, Command Post Controller, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, S.C.
April 1996 - November 1997, Command & Control Reports Controller, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, S.C.
November 1997 - August 1999, Senior Command Post Controller, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, S.C.
August 1999 - December 2003, Senior Command Post controller, 916th Air Refueling Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, S.C.
December 2003 - August 2007, Nuclear Command & Control Training Manager and Aircrew Command & Control Procedures Training Manager, 916th Air Refueling Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, S.C.
August 2007 - August 2008, Superintendent Combat Crew Communications, 916th Air Refueling Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, S.C.
August 2008 - May 2013, Superintendent Command Post, 916th Air Refueling Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, S.C.
February 2012 - May 2015, Chief of Nuclear Operation, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.
May 2013 - April 2016, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 916th Air Refueling Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, S.C.
April 2016 – October 2017, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 926th Wing, Nellis AFB, Nev.
October 2017 – Present, 10th Air Force, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Good Conduct Medal with four oak leaf clusters Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Recognition Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one oak leaf cluster Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal Air and Space Campaign Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster and Nuclear Device
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman Basic Aug. 1, 1995
Airman Feb. 1, 1996
Airman First Class Dec. 1, 1996
Senior Airman Aug. 1, 1998
Staff Sergeant May 1, 2002
Technical Sergeant Jan. 1, 2004
Master Sergeant April 1, 2006
Senior Master Sergeant Jan. 1, 2009
Chief Master Sergeant May 1, 2013
(Current as of June 2018)