Chief Master Sergeant Aaron F. Gatterdam is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the Illinois Air National Guard. He represents the highest level of enlisted leadership for the Illinois Air National Guard. Responsibilities include advice and counsel to the Adjutant General, Assistant Adjutant General - Air, wing commanders, and wing command chief master sergeants on the concerns of the enlisted force.
Chief Gatterdam entered the Air National Guard in 1984
and was assigned as a Security Police Specialist with
the 126th Security Police Squadron, O’Hare International
Airport Air Reserve Station in Chicago, Illinois. Chief
Gatterdam went on to serve as a base training manager
with the 126th Mission Support Squadron, then as first
sergeant, Headquarters, 126th Air Refueling Wing. He was
then assigned as the wing human resources advisor
prior to serving in his current position.
Chief Gatterdam mobilized with European Tanker Task Force and served under the 2nd Bomb Wing at Moron Air Base, Spain during Operation Desert Shield. Chief Gatterdam was again mobilized and assigned to the 90th Missile Security Squadron, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming for the duration of Operation Desert Storm. He then later deployed to Pisa Air Base, Italy under Operation Joint Guard in support of the NATO Bosnia Stabilization Force. Chief Gatterdam assisted with the Base Realignment and Closure Committee (BRAC) directed relocation of the 126th Air Refueling Wing from O'Hare International Airport Air Reserve Station, Chicago, Illinois to Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Chief Gatterdam was mobilized in an Air Expeditionary Force to Istres Air Base, France under Operation Joint Forge. He then later participated in NATO's Operation Clean Hunter in Aaburg Air Base, Denmark and at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey as part of Operation Enduring Freedom's 385th Air Expeditionary Group. Chief Gatterdam was then sent to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska to participate in NORAD's Operation Northern Edge and then later to Anderson Air Force Base, Guam under Operation Enduring Freedom with the 506th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. Chief Gatterdam was again mobilized and returned to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey as part of Operation Enduring Freedom's 90th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. Chief Gatterdam was twice called to State Active Duty in support of flood duty humanitarian missions.
Chief Gatterdam's professional military education includes Senior Enlisted Joint PME, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia in 2010.
Chief Gatterdam's military awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Force Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Force Achievement Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2 'M' Devices and 1 Oak Leaf Cluster).
Chief Gatterdam is a life member of the National Guard Association of Illinois, Air Force Association, and Air Force Sergeants Association. He is also a member of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States, National Guard Association of the United States, American Legion Post 2910, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 14000 and Associate Member Charter Sponsor of the Air Force Memorial Foundation.
As of February 2013
here for PDF Print Version (size: 358KB)