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Master Sergeant Gradel is currently the First Sergeant assigned to the 344th Training Squadron where he serves as the key enlisted advisor to the 344th Squadron Commander on matters concerning the welfare, career progression, and mission readiness of over 271 total force personnel and more than 800 students daily at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He provides guidance and direction to squadron senior leadership on unit morale, career enhancement and discipline. His duties include performing quality force review on all enlisted performance reports, awards and decorations all personnel actions. Additionally he, monitors compliance with Air Force standards, counsels personnel on leadership, military courtesy, self-improvement and self-discipline and acts to resolve complaints.

Born in Waco Texas in 1977, MSgt Gradel entered the Air Force in October of 1998. Sergeant Gradel is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Strategic Leadership with Trident University. Previous duty stations include Davis Monthan AFB, AZ, Randolph AFB, TX, Shaw AFB, SC, Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea, and Hickam AFB, HI. Sergeant Gradel has deployed four times in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

2011 Community College of the Air Force, Associate of Applied Science Human Resource Mgmnt
2011 USAF Professional Manager Certification, , Maxwell AFB, AL
2011 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, AL
2010 First Sergeant Academy, Maxwell AFB, AL
2009 Bachelor's degree in Information Technology Management (Summa Cum Laude), TUI University
2009 Additional Duty First Sergeant Symposium, Hickam AFB, HI
2008 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Correspondence
2008 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, Correspondence
2008 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Hickam AFB, HI
2008 Community College of the Air Force, Associate of Applied Science Electronic Sys Tech
2008 Community College of the Air Force, Associate of Applied Science Bus Adm/Mgmt Logistics
2003 Airman Leadership School, Randolph AFB, TX

1. October 1998 - November 1998, Basic Military Training School, Lackland Air Force Base, TX
2. November 1998 - June 1999, Supply Technician Course, Lackland Air Force Base, TX
3. June 1999 - February 2002, Express Customer Service Tech, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ
4. February 2002 - July 2002, Communications/Computer Sys Control, Keesler AFB, MS
5. July 2002 - March 2004, Emergency Response Team Tech, Randolph AFB, TX
6. March 2004 - August 2006, Wide Area Network Supervisor, Shaw AFB, SC
7. August 2006 - August 2007, NCOIC Tech Control Facility, Kunsan AB, ROK
8. August 2007 - October, 2010, Infrastructure Section Chief, Hickam AFB, HI
9. October 2010 - Present, First Sergeant, Lackland AFB, TX

Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal w/2 oak leaf clusters
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal w/3 oak leaf clusters
Korean Defense Service Medal

8 CS NCO of the Year 2006
15 CS NCO of the Year 2008
15 AW NCO of the 1st Qtr 2009
PACAF Air Force Sergeants Association NCO of the Year 2009
15 AW SNCO of the 4th Qtr 2009
Team Hickam SNCO of the 4th Qtr 2009
15 AW SCNO of the Year 2009
Team Hickam SCNO of the Year 2009
747 CS Lance P. Sijan Award Recipient 2010
323 TRS Lance P. Sijan Award Recipient 2011
2 AF First Sergeant of the Year 2011
Joint Base San Antonio First Sergeant of the Year 2011
37 TRW Air Force Association Joe Kellogg First Sergeant of the Year 2011

Airman Basic 7 October 1998
Airman 7 April 1999
Airman First Class 7 February 2000
Senior Airman 7 October 2001
Staff Sergeant 1 June 2003
Technical Sergeant 1 July 2006
Master Sergeant 1 July 2009

(Current as of June 2012)

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