Eric R. Jaren
Hall of Distinguished Alumni - Class of 2010
Chief Master Sergeant Eric R. Jaren serves as the Command Chief, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. As command chief, he is the primary advisor to the commander and senior staff on all matters affecting education, development, training, readiness, effective utilization and quality-of-life of the command’s 13,431 enlisted Airmen and their families. He coordinates with headquarters staff, commanders, and senior leaders on development and implementation of command policy affecting the Command’s 11 centers and 31 wings & wing-equivalent directorates extending across 67 locations. He also serves as the command functional manager for 11 command chiefs, 25 group superintendents and 64 first sergeants.
Chief Jaren entered the Air Force in 1982 and has served at squadron, group, wing and numbered air force levels. Previous duties include superintendent assignments within the Maintenance Group, Operations Group and Mission Support Group, as well as additional duties in mobility operations, first sergeant, protocol and special projects. The chief is a veteran of numerous contingencies including Operations Desert Shield/Storm/Calm, Deep Freeze, Restore Hope, Support Hope, and multiple locations for Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and Peaceful Summit.
- Status: Active Duty
- Branch: U.S. Air Force
- Rank: Chief Master Sergeant
- Years: 1982-Present
- Airman’s Medal
- Meritorious Service Medal with one silver leaf cluster
- Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
- Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
- Air Force Good Conduct Medal with nine devices
- National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star
- Southwest Asia Service Medal with three bronze stars
- Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
- Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait
- 1985 Senior Airman below-the-zone
- 1995 Noncommissioned officer of the year, 60th Air Mobility Wing
- 1996 Stripes for exceptional performer’s promotion
- 1999 Senior noncommissioned officer of the year, Headquarters Fifteenth Air Force
- 2000 Senior noncommissioned officer of the year, Headquarters Fifteenth Air Force
- 2001 Senior noncommissioned officer of the year, Headquarters Fifteenth Air Force
- Airframe and powerplant license, Federal Aviation Administration
- USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Gunter Annex, Al.
- Air Force Smart Operations 21st Century, Tinker AFB, Ok.
- Gettysburg Leadership Experience, Gettysburg, Pa.
- Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Forces Staff College, Va.
- Keystone Fellow, National Defense University, Wash, D.C.