Chief Master Sgt. David A. Flosi was selected Monday, Dec. 11, 2023, to serve as the next chief master sergeant of the Air Force.

Chief Master Sgt. David A. Flosi was selected Monday, Dec. 11, 2023, to serve as the next chief master sergeant of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force)

Chief Master Sgt. David A. Flosi was selected Monday to serve as the Air Force’s next top enlisted airman, the service announced.

As the 20th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Flosi, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will advocate for the enlisted force and be a primary adviser to Gen. David Allvin, the service chief of staff, and other senior leaders and civilians on issues involving the welfare, readiness, morale and proper use and progress of airmen.

“He is a phenomenal leader and wingman who will empower our total force,” Allvin said in a statement. “His unique experiences, attitude and commitment will prove essential as we re-optimize our force for great power competition. I am excited to work with him as we follow through on our efforts to meet today’s pacing challenge.”

Flosi, who earned the rank of chief master sergeant in August 2015, now serves as the top enlisted leader at Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, according to the Air Force. He will replace Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass sometime in the new year, the service said.

Bass became the first woman in Defense Department history to serve as a service-level senior enlisted leader when she took the job in August 2020.

“Chief Flosi is an incredibly strong leader who has proven himself in every role at every level,” Bass said in a statement. “I have no doubt he will continue building and developing our Air Force to be the future force our nation needs to compete, deter and win in any domain.”

Flosi began his Air Force career in 1996 as a nuclear weapons specialist, and has held various leadership duties in conventional and nuclear munitions, as well as missile operations, program management and test and contingency operations. Before arriving at Wright-Patterson, he served as the command chief master sergeant at the Air Force’s Sustainment Center at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.

His awards include the Legion of Merit with an oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Air and Space Commendation Medal and the Air and Space Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters.

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Rose L. Thayer is based in Austin, Texas, and she has been covering the western region of the continental U.S. for Stars and Stripes since 2018. Before that she was a reporter for Killeen Daily Herald and a freelance journalist for publications including The Alcalde, Texas Highways and the Austin American-Statesman. She is the spouse of an Army veteran and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism. Her awards include a 2021 Society of Professional Journalists Washington Dateline Award and an Honorable Mention from the Military Reporters and Editors Association for her coverage of crime at Fort Hood.

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