Chief Markin entered the Air Force during the Viet Nam era, August 1972. Upon completion of Security Police Training he was selected for special duty with the Air Force Presidential Honor Guard, Bolling AFB, Washington D.C. Four years later he was assigned to the 4th Security Police Squadron (SPS), Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina. August 1978 he transferred to the 834th SPS, Hurlburt Field, Florida, routinely deploying with the 1st Special Operations Wing on Joint Service missions.
In August 1980 he was assigned to Whiteman AFB, Missouri, followed by an assignment to Spangdahlem AB, Germany, in 1983. At Spangdahlem he was a member of the six-man team tasked to write the security contingency plan for the largest-ever air base survivability exercise. This plan was validated and later adopted as the Air Force model for Air Base Defense and infrastructure survivability in Europe.
During his next two assignments, Ramstein, AB Germany and Peterson AFB, Colorado he was selected for special duty as the Superintendent, Elite Guard, Headquarters, United States Air Forces in Europe and Headquarters Air Force Space Command. In 1990 he was assigned to Incirlik Air Base (AB) Turkey. During his Incirlik assignment he participated in Operation DESERT SHIELD/STORM, Operation PROVIDE COMFORT and NORTHERN WATCH. During DESERT STORM he crafted the base defense plan, which included over 500 security forces and a Patriot Missile Battery, for the first ever “wartime composite wing,” which launched over 4,000 sorties and dropped over six million pounds of ordnance during the DESERT STORM war. Chief Markin served a combined three years in a hostile fire zone.
In September 1993 he was assigned to Fairchild AFB, Washington, as the SPS Security Police Manager. Six months into the assignment he was appointed by the Wing Commander to serve as the 92nd Air Refueling Wing Senior Enlisted Advisor. In 1996 he was appointed, Senior Enlisted Advisor, 89th Air Wing, “Home of Air Force One,” Andrews AFB, Maryland. In 1998 he was selected to be the Command Chief Master Sergeant for United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska. In this capacity he was the senior enlisted advisor to the Commander-in-Chief, USSTRATCOM responsible for all Air Force and Navy strategic nuclear forces supporting national security objectives. The Chief says one of the most memorable moments in his career was with USSTRATCOM, sailing with submarine crews on the SSBN Rhode Island and Alabama. The Chief retired in November 2000.
The Chief re-entered the workforce in 2001 as Headquarters Air Mobility Command (AMC) Security Forces, Branch Chief for Antiterrorism. In this capacity he served as the Commands expert on all matters relating to Antiterrorism (AT) and Force Protection. As the commands antiterrorism subject matter expert he was appointed to be a member of a six-person team directly responsible for carrying out a $105M security enhancement initiative for ten AMC installation entry points. Upgrades included canopy’s, enhanced lighting, pop-up barriers, search and screening facilities, bullet resistance glass and visitor control facilities. Post 9-11, this was the largest-ever antiterrorism counter-measure initiative in Air Force history. In 2012 the Chief was promoted to AMC, Deputy Director Information Protection and Mission Assurance. In April 2014 he retired from this position in the grade of GS-14. He is currently a part time consultant for GEICO and Director of Business Development, Veterans United Home Loans.
His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters (one for heroism), and the Air Force Achievement Medal.
The Chief is married to the former Cathy Culberson of Rome, Ga.