Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, James A. Cody, represents the highest enlisted level of leadership; as such, he provides direction for the enlisted force and represents their interests, as appropriate, to the American public and to those in government.
He serves as the personal advisor to the Chief of Staff and the Secretary of the Air Force on issues regarding the welfare, readiness, morale, progress, and proper utilization of the enlisted force. Chief Cody is the 17th chief master sergeant in the US Air Force to be appointed to the highest noncommissioned officer position.
Chief Cody entered the Air Force in 1984 and graduated from the air traffic control specialist course at Keesler Air Force Base the following year. His background includes various duties in air traffic control at the unit and major command levels.
During his career, he has filled a myriad of roles including, additional duty First Sergeant and Directorate Superintendent. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Education and Training Command at Randolph AFB in Texas.