Air Force Basic Training Chain of Command

Learn the list from the president on down

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As a new airman, you will be required to memorize the Air Force Chain of Command during your basic training. Luckily, it's something you can familiarize yourself with while still at home in the comfort of civilian life. Then it will be one less thing to cause stress during the purposefully stressful time of basic training boot camp.

However, the occupants of positions change and you may only want to memorize the top of the list.

And some of the people you'll need to know you won't meet until boot camp is already underway.

Air Force Basic Training Chain of Command

You are required to memorize this information at basic training.

  • The President of the United States
  • Secretary of Defense
  • Secretary of the Air Force
  • Chief of Staff of the Air Force
  • Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
  • Commander, Air Educational & Training Command
  • Commander, 2nd Air Force
  • Commander, 37th Training Wing (TRW)
  • Vice Commander, 37th Training Wing (TRW)
  • Command Chief Master Sergeant 37th Training Wing (TRW)
  • Commander, 737th Training Wing (TRW)
  • Deputy Commander, 737th Training Wing (TRW)
  • Superintendent, 737th Training Wing (TRW)
  • Squadron Commander
  • Operations Officer
  • Training Superintendent
  • First Sergeant
  • Section Supervisor
  • Instructor Team
  • Dorm Chief

Current Air Force Chain of Command

Now you know what you need to know, but where do you find the current occupants of the positions?

This can be a little tricky as online sources may be quickly outdated. But practicing the memorization will familiarize you with the sequence so you will be ready to switch out names.

The President of the United States is an easy name to locate. The office should change hands on Inauguration Day every four years unless there is a death in office, impeachment or resignation.

The Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Air Force are appointed by the President and approved by the Senate. Those positions are likely to change when there is a change of the presidency. 

The Air Force has a page of its current Air Force Senior Leaders online. You can use it to find the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, and Commander of the Air Education and Training Command.

These names are probably as deep as you need to go in memorizing the chain of command before you arrive at basic training. The rest of the list is subject to change more frequently

Other Air Force Command Leadership

The next set of leaders from the Commander of the 2nd Air Force to the Command Chief Master Sergeant 37th Training Wing can be best found with a web search for each position. This may come up with outdated information or no information.

The occupants of these positions will only be known to you when you arrive at basic training. They depend on what squadron you are in. The Deputy Commander, 737th Training wing (TRW), Superintendent, 737th Training wing (TRW), Squadron Commander, Operations Officer, Training Superintendent, First Sergeant, Section Supervisor, Instructor Team, and Dorm Chief.