Chief Master Sergeant Jason A. David currently serves as the Command’s Air Force Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Defense Media Activity. He is also the Senior Enlisted Leader for Headquarters, American Forces Network (AFN) & Media Production Operations. His roles include providing guidance the Director, Defense Media Activity on Air Force matters and administration for the Commander, AFN, for 1200 joint service members and government civilians at 26 radio and television stations, 3 headquarters facilities and a broadcast center that service a combined 350 thousand military, government civilians and their families overseas.
In this role, he has represented the Defense Media Activity as leadership to radio and television executives as well as the Military's Combatant Commanders to negotiate agreements and further overseas mission support. Additionally, he also serves as the 3N Chief Enlisted Manager and Chief of the Defense Media Activity-Ft. Meade Air Force Element. Chief David previously served as the Public Affairs Senior Enlisted Advisor for 86th Airlift at Ramstein Air Base in Germany where he managed the largest Air Force Public Affairs unit overseas supporting USAFE's only airlift, airdrop and aeromedical evacuation flying operation.
Chief David enlisted in the Air Force in Aug 2002 and began his military career as a Radio and Television Broadcast Journalist. He has deployed in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. He has also supported a variety of organizations to include humanitarian missions with the United Nations in Sudan and the Republic of Georgia and with the North Atlantic Treaty organization in Kosovo and Bosnia/Herzegovina. Chief David has had a total of 8 AFN/DMA assignments throughout his career, starting as a Radio Disc Jockey for the American Forces Network Korea. He then went on to AFN Aviano in Italy where he served as a nightly newscaster. From there, he was selected to be a part of the expeditionary Regional News Center at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Fates kept Chief David as he moved on to leadership roles as the Noncommissioned Officer in charge of Radio, the Operations manager and Station manager of AFN Lajes in Portugal. These positions were extremely helpful as he then went on to become the AFN Headquarters Operations manager at Fort Meade in Maryland, helping to shape enterprise operations for all of AFN.
During his career, Chief David was nominated and recognized during professional military education as a Distinguished Graduate of the Airman Leadership School, the Commandant's award at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Distinguished Graduate at the Senior Noncommissioned Academy. He was also awarded 3 Thomas Jefferson awards for broadcasting excellence, 6 Air Force Media Contest 1st Place wins, the Award of Excellence in the 31st Annual Telly awards and the Award of Distinction from the 17th Communicator awards. Additionally, Chief David was the 2016 Defense Media Activity Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, was the 2017 MAJCOM nominee for the Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airman of the Year program and the 2018 recipient of the Lance P. Sijan Leadership award while assigned to the 432d Air Expeditionary Wing. Chief David has completed most recently the Public Affairs Officer Qualification course, the Joint Senior Public Affairs course, the Air Force Chief's Leadership Course at the Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Academy. He continues his studies through Excelsior University and received his Professional Manager's Certification. As an avid supporter of the combat injured, Chief David completed the RAMP, Mentor and Ambassador programs as a Distinguished Graduate for the Air Force Wounded Warrior program. He has given testimonials at MAJCOM level events and private industry to educate the American Public on the sacrifices of the military and to close the military/civilian divide. Lastly, he serves as a Board member for the First Tee of Howard County, promoting diversity and inclusion in youth sports.
CMSgt David’s personal awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Force Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Combat Action Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award (Gold Border, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Recognition Ribbon (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Services Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, NATO Non-Article 5 ISAF Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Ribbon ( GoldBorder, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters).