MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Eight among 22 eligible senior master sergeants here were selected for promotion to the service’s highest enlisted rank of chief master sergeant, base officials have announced.

The 36 percent selection rate is the Air Force’s highest, the officials said.

Those selected for promotion to E-9 at Misawa are: John Bennett, 35th Maintenance Group; Ronald Brown, 35th Fighter Wing; Sharon Bruce, 35th Maintenance Group; William Campbell, 35th Maintenance Group; James Cornell, 35th Maintenance Group; Donald DeMarte, 35th Maintenance Group; Luamata Faiai Jr., 35th Mission Support Group; and Alan Onufrak, 35th Medical Group.

The servicemembers will pin on their chief stripes within a year, depending on their time in grade and service.

The Air Force considered 2,688 senior master sergeants and chose 566 for promotion, a 21 percent selection rate. Last year’s rate was 19.8 percent.

The average time in grade and service of this year’s selectees was three and 22 years, respectively.

Elsewhere in Japan, 16 senior master sergeants out of 49 candidates at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, were selected for promotion — a rate of 32 percent — and four made E-9 at Yokota Air Base, out of 24, a 16 percent selection rate.

The complete list of selectees is available on the Air Force Personnel Center Web page,

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