Chief Master Sergeant Cleveland Perkins
Senior Enlisted Advisor
To the Chief of Security Police
1987 - 1989
Chief Master Sergeant Cleveland Perkins is the chief of resource management, Directorate of Staff Support, Headquarters Air Force Office of Security Police, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. Chief Perkins is also the chief enlisted manager for the Air Force chief of security police.
Chief Perkins was born April 14, 1945, in Montgomery, Alabama, and is a 1962 graduate of George Washington Carver High School in Montgomery. He received a certificate of completion for a one-year course of study in law enforcement from the University of Maryland in 1977 and an associate's degree in police science from the Community College of the Air Force in 1980. He also earned an associate of arts degree in criminal investigation in 1983 from the University of Maryland. He was a 1975 honor graduate of the Noncommissioned Officers' Academy, Bolling Air Force Base, D.C., and in 1986 he completed the Senior Noncommissioned Officers' Academy, Gunter Air Force Station, Alabama, and was the vice-president of his class.
The chief entered the Air Force in August 1962, and after completing the basic training program, was selected for a classified special assignment in Washington, DC. In June 1964, he received his first overseas orders and was assigned to the 36th Security Police Squadron at Bitburg Air Base, Germany, where he performed basic security duties. In October 1967, he returned to the United States to serve as a communicator/plotter, response team leader, and area supervisor for the 306th Security Police Squadron, McCoy AFB, Florida. In June 1971, Chief Perkins received orders to Southeast Asia and was assigned to the 377th Security Police Squadron, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, where he performed duties as base patrolman, desk sergeant, and noncommissioned officer in charge of the7th Air Force elite guard.
Returning to the U.S. in June 1972, the chief was assigned to the 63rd Security Police Squadron, Norton AFB, California, as noncommissioned officer in charge of the gate section and as resource protection inspector. In November 1973, he transferred to the 89th Security Police Squadron, Andrews AFB, Maryland. During his tour with the Presidential Support Wing he had the opportunity to travel with Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter.
In January 1978, Chief Perkins was assigned to the 3201st Security Police Squadron, Eglin AFB, Florida, as noncommissioned officer in charge of security. During his tour at Eglin, the squadron earned outstanding ratings on security program readiness inspections and was named the Best Security Police Squadron in Air Force Systems Command. He returned to Germany in February 1980 and was assigned to the 86th Security Police Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, where he held positions as security flight chief, Resource Protection Branch chief, and law enforcement superintendent. The squadron received the Air Force Outstanding Security Police Large Unit Award for 1981. In August 1981, he was transferred to the Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe security police staff as chief of the Manpower and Organization Branch. In July 1984, the chief arrived at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico to assume duties as chief of Wartime Manpower within the Plans and Programs Directorate at Headquarters Air Force Office of Security Police.
Chief Perkins was promoted to chief master sergeant on July 1, 1985. He assumed his present duties March 25, 1987.
He is married to the former Rosia Sawyer of Montgomery, Alabama. They have a son and a daughter: Javaughn and Joneyse.