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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 269-02
May 24, 2002

NEW CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT OF THE AIR FORCE NAMED

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper has named Chief Master Sgt. Gerald R. Murray to serve as the 14th chief master sergeant of the Air Force. Murray will assume his new position on July 1, 2002, following the June 28 retirement of Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Jim Finch. CMSAF Finch's retirement culminates 28 years of service to the Air Force.

"The selection was difficult because the candidates were all so exceptionally qualified," Jumper said. "The Air Force is fortunate to have someone of Chief Murray's caliber leading our enlisted force during this exciting time in our service's history. His valuable experience and proven leadership will play a pivotal role in the Air Force's future. I look forward to working with him on matters of importance to the enlisted force and their families."

Murray, who joined the Air Force in October 1977, is currently the command chief master sergeant for Pacific Air Forces. His career includes various assignments in aircraft maintenance and as the command chief master sergeant, 347th Wing, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, and U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force, Yokota Air Base, Japan. His current biography can be found at http://www2.hickam.af.mil/leaders/murray_gr.htm .

The office of the chief master sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF) represents the highest enlisted level of leadership, provides direction for the enlisted corps and represents their interests to the American public and all levels of government. The CMSAF serves as a personal advisor to the Air Force Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force on all issues regarding the welfare, readiness, morale, proper utilization, and progress of the enlisted force and their families.

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