Chief Master Sergeant MELISSA H. ROYSTER

Chief Master Sergeant Melissa H. Royster is the Command Chief Master Sergeant, 22nd Air Refueling Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, one of the Air Force’s three core tanker wings. The wing provides all-weather, in-flight aerial refueling for U.S. and allied military aircraft and airlift for Global Reach projection of troops, equipment and supplies worldwide. In this position, Chief Royster advises the 22nd Air Refueling Wing Commander on the health, morale, welfare, mission effectiveness, and proper utilization of more than 2,400 enlisted personnel assigned to five groups comprised of 17 squadrons, 14 wing staff agencies, two detachments and one geographically separated unit. 

Throughout her career, Chief Royster has held a variety of leadership positions serving at the squadron, group, wing and major command levels. She is a graduate of the Air Force Wholesale Career Broadening Program, where she worked at the Defense Logistics Agency in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her deployments include support to Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, and Enduring Freedom. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as the Interim Command Chief for the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Force Base, Japan.

Chief Master Sergeant Royster was born in Orlando, Florida and entered the Air Force in October 1996.



2001 Airman Leadership School, Hurlburt Field, Florida

2005 Associate Degree Applied Sciences, Logistics Management, CCAF

2008 Distinguished Graduate, Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Ramstein AB, Germany           

2011 Bachelor of Science, Management Studies, University of Phoenix

2012 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education

2012 Executive Certification, Supply Chain Management, Wright State University

2013 Professional Manager Certification, CCAF

2013 USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Gunter Annex, Alabama

2014 Master of Arts in Management and Leadership, Liberty University

2015 Advanced Program Logistics/Technology, University NC-Chapel Hill-Kenan Flagler Business School

2017 Command Chief Master Sergeant Orientation Course, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland

2018 Chief Leadership Course, Maxwell AFB, Gunter Annex, Alabama

2018 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II


1. Feb 1997 – July 1999, Receiving Journeyman, Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina

2. Aug 1999 – May 2000, Readiness Spares Package Journeyman, Osan AB, Korea

3. June 2000 – June 2003, Material Acquisition, 823d Red Horse Squadron, Hurlburt Field AFB, Florida

    (Nov 2002 – May 2003, Material Acquisition Journeyman, Thumrait, Oman)

4. July 2003 – July 2005, Assistant NCOIC, Requirements Element, Hurlburt Field AFB, Florida

5. Aug 2005 – Dec 2005, Storage and Issue Supervisor, Lakenheath RAF, United Kingdom

6. Jan 2006 – Jan 2007, Unit Training Manager, Lakenheath RAF, United Kingdom

7. Jan 2007 – Jan 2008, NCOIC Logistics Readiness Center, Lakenheath RAF, United Kingdom

    (May 2008 – Sept 2008, NCOIC Supply Element, JTF Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras)

8. Feb 2009 – Nov 2009, NCOIC Customer Service, Lakenheath RAF, United Kingdom

9. Nov 2009 – Nov 2012, Wholesale Logistics Career Broadener, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      (May 2011 – Nov 2011, DLA Multi-Class Expediter, Camp Airifjan Kuwait)

10. Dec 2012 – April 2015, Manager, Command Equipment Office & Systems, Scott AFB, Illinois

11. May 2015 – May 2016, AMC Materiel Management Functional Manager, Scott AFB, Illinois

12. June 2016 – June 2017, Superintendent, 635th Supply Chain Operations Group, Scott AFB, Illinois

13. June 2017 – March 2018, Chief, Materiel Management, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Kadena AB,                                            Japan

14. April 2018 – Oct 2018, Squadron Superintendent, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan

15. Oct 2018 – March 2019, Interim Command Chief, 18th Wing, Kadena AB, Japan

16. April 2019 – Present, Command Chief, 22 Air Refueling Wing, McConnell AFB, Kansas



Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Army Achievement Medal

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

National Defense Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Korean Defense Service Medal  

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal  

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal



2006 Air Force Association CCAF Pitsenbarger Award

2008 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron NCO of the Year

2009 48th Mission Support Group NCO of the 3rd Quarter

2011 Defense Logistics Agency SNCO of the Year

2012 AF Wholesale Logistics Career Broadening Program Graduate

2013 HQ AMC Directorate of Logistics, Engineering & Force Protection SNCO of 2nd Quarter

2013 HQ AMC Volunteer of the Year

2014 HQ AMC Directorate of Logistics, Engineering & Force Protection SNCO of the Year


Chief Master Sergeant   Nov 2016

(Current as of April 2019)