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CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT JOHN T. ADKINS
Senior Enlisted Advisor to the USAF Security Police 1982 - 1984

Chief Master Sergeant John T. Adkins is the senior enlisted advisor of security police, Air Force Office of Security Police at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.

Chief Adkins was born on July 22, 1936, in Staten Island, New York. Reared as a military dependent; he resided at various locations in the U.S. and overseas during his childhood. He graduated from Clover Park High School, Tacoma, Washington, in May 1954.

In December 1956, he entered the Air Police career field and was assigned to the 326th Air Base Squadron (ADC), Paine AFB, Washington. While assigned to Paine AFB, he performed basic law enforcement and security duties.

In July 1958, he reenlisted in the Air Force and was assigned to the 803rd Combat Defense Squadron (SAC), Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona. While at Davis-Monthan AFB, he performed all facets of security and law enforcements duties. He concluded his assignment as administrative security NCOIC for the base deputy commander for Security and Law Enforcement. From August 1961 to July 1962, he served a remote tour with the 3950th Air Base Squadron (SAC), Royal Canadian Air Force Station Cold Lake, Canada. While assigned to Cold Lake, he functioned as senior SAC Air Police liaison NCO.

Returning from Canada in July 1962, Chief Adkins was assigned to the 39th Combat Defense Squadron (SAC), Eglin AFB, Florida, where he functioned as a security flight chief and unit training NCOIC. While at Eglin AFB, he was selected as the 8th Air Force Outstanding Air Police Senior NCO for 1964. Following deactivation of the 39th Bomb Wing, he was assigned to the 2nd Combat Defense Squadron (SAC), Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, where he served as a Security Flight Chief, unit training NCOIC, and operational NCOIC.

In April 1967, he was selected for an assignment to the 636th Air Police Squadron (PACAF), Clark Air Base, Philippines. For the first seven months, he performed as NCOIC Administration and Reports Branch. In December 1967, he received a permanent change of assignment to the Police Operations Division, serving as an action officer on the 13th Air Force Security Police staff. He was assigned to the 380th Security Police Squadron (SAC), Plattsburgh AFB, New York, in July 1969. While at Plattsburgh AFB, he functioned as Security Police Squadron operations superintendent.

In December 1971, Chief Adkins was selected for an assignment to Headquarters 17th Air Force, Office of the Chief of Security Police, Tan Son Nhut AB, Republic of Vietnam, as a staff superintendent in the Resources Management Division. He returned to the 2nd Security Police Squadron (SAC), Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, in December 1972 and served as the Security Police operations superintendent until April 1974 when he was assigned to Headquarters 8th Air Force, Office of the Chief of Security Police. While assigned to that office, he was responsible for managing the command's aircraft and nuclear security programs.

In June 1976, he was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Security Police, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickham AFB, Hawaii, where he was responsible for managing the command's nuclear and resources protection programs. He also served as the senior enlisted manager to the Chief of Security Police, Headquarters Air Force Office of Security Police, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, serving as the Air Force Crime Prevention Program manager. His work in this area earned him national recognition and respect as a leader in crime prevention. Chief Adkins assumed the position of Headquarters Air Force Office of Security Police senior enlisted advisor on April 1, 1982.

Chief Adkins is an "Honor Graduate" of the 15th Air Force NCO Leadership School, a "Distinguished Graduate" of the 8th Air Force NCO Academy, and an in-residence graduate of the USAF Senior NCO Academy. He has accumulated in excess of 90 college semester's hours toward a bachelor's degree in Criminology. He is a graduate of the National Crime Prevention Institute, Southwest Texas State University; San Marcos, Texas. Chief Adkins was promoted to the grade of Chief Master Sergeant on October 1, 1971, and was selected for extended high year of tenure in 1982.

Chief Adkins holds the following awards and decorations: Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, National Defense Service Medal, and Expert Small arms Marksmanship Ribbon.

Chief Adkins is married to the former Sherrill G. Howell of Hinton, West Virginia.