Sanderson High School AFJROTC

Winner of 15 Consecutive HQ AFJROTC designated Distinguished Unit Awards: 2002-2017




Chief Master Sergeant (Ret) Eric L. West, currently serves as the Aerospace Science Instructor for Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) at Sanderson High School, in Raleigh, NC.

   Throughout his 30 years of service in the United States Air Force, Chief West endeavored through numerous joint, tactical and strategic communications assignments and deployments, as well as leadership appointments at the squadron and MAJCOM level supporting the nuclear enterprise. Additionally, he deployed in contingency operations that includes Operations UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, VIGILANT WARRIOR, JOINT ENDEAVOR, SOUTHERN WATCH, and IRAQI FREEDOM.

1990 Noncommissioned Officer Preparatory Course, Andrews AFB, MD.
1998 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Kadena Air Base, Japan .
2003 USAF First Sergeant Academy, Maxwell AFB, AL.

2003 Associate’s Degree, Information Systems Management, CCAF.

2004 Associate’s Degree, Human Resource Management, CCAF.

2007 Lean/Six Sigma, Villanova University

2008 Naval Senior Enlisted Academy, Newport, RI. (with honors/ Peter Tomich Award)
2010 Chief Leadership Course, Maxwell AFB, AL.

2016 Bachelor of Arts, Sociology (with honors/magna cum laude)

2016 Principles of Instruction (AETC 80hr)

1. September 1986 - October 1986, Trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, TX.
2. November 1986 - January 1987, Electrical Powerline Apprentice School, Sheppard AFB, TX.
3. January 1987 – November 1989, Electrical Powerline Specialist, 3202 CES, Eglin AFB, FL.
4. November 1989 - January 1990, Ground Radio Apprentice School, Keesler AFB, MS.
5. January 1990 – January 1992, Giant Talk Asst Shift Supervisor, 89th CG, Andrews AFB, MD.
6. January 1992 – January 1993, Radio Operator, 7391 MSS, Balikesir, Turkey.

7. February 1993 – March 1994, Switch Board Operator, 42nd CS, Loring AFB, ME.
8. March 1994 – Nov 1997, NCOIC Radio Operations/Computer Sys, 43rd AES, Pope AFB, NC.

9. November 1997 – October 1998, MILSTAR Operator, 18th CS, Kadena AB Japan.

10. October 1998 – July 2001, Asst NCOIC, Radio Communications, 353 OSS, Kadena AB Japan.

11. July 2001 – January 2003, Communications Team NCOIC, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AB, NE.

12. January 2003 – January 2005, First Sergeant, 20 IS, Offutt AFB, NE.

13. March 2005 – March 2006, First Sergeant, 607th WS, Yong San Army Installation, Seoul, Korea.

14. March 2006 – October 2007, First Sergeant, 33 AMXS, Eglin AFB, FL.

15. October 2007 – June 2008, First Sergeant, 96 SFS, Eglin AFB, FL.

16. June 2008 – June 2009, First Sergeant, Coalition Air Force Training Team, Baghdad, Iraq.

17. June 2009 – November 2010, First Sergeant, 96 CES, Eglin AFB, FL.

18. November 2010 – July 2012, First Sergeant, 18 LRS, Kadena AB, Japan.

19. July 2012 – December 2013, First Sergeant, 18 SFS, Kadena AB, Japan.

20. December 2013 – June 2014, First Sergeant, 62 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

21. July 2014 – July 2016, First Sergeant, Air Force Global Strike Command.

22. August 2016 – Aerospace Science Instructor, Air Force JROTC, Sanderson High School.

Bronze Star

Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Army Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Meritorious Unit Award

AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor and three oak leaf clusters


1995 Army Airborne School, Fort Benning, GA

2003 First Sergeant of the Year, 480th Intelligence Group

2004 First Sergeant of the Year, 408th Intelligence Wing

2008 United States Navy, Senior Enlisted Academy, Peter Tomich Award (Levitow)

2008 United States Navy, Senior Enlisted Academy, Honor Graduate

(Current as of August 2014)