WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio -- Air Force officials have announced that Chief Master Sergeant Eric R. Jaren will become the new command chief of Air Force Materiel Command.
Jaren comes to Headquarters AFMC from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., where he had served as the command chief for the Air Force Flight Test Center and 95th Air Base Wing since August 2008. He becomes the eighth AFMC command chief since the command was activated in 1992.
"I am truly honored to be chosen for this important job," Jaren said. "Our enlisted members help form the backbone of our command and our Air Force. I look forward to advising command leadership on ways to develop, train and focus our enlisted corps to execute today's mission and better prepare for tomorrow's mission."
As the command chief, he will advise the commander and senior staff on matters concerning effective use, training, education and readiness of AFMC's 13,000 enlisted Airmen.
A native of Fort Meade, Md., Jaren entered the Air Force in 1982. He has served at the unit, squadron, group, wing and numbered air force levels. He has experience in a variety of duties and is a veteran of 19 contingencies, major exercises and deployments, including operations Desert Storm, Restore Hope, Support Hope, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He is the recipient of several awards and decorations and holds a bachelor's degree in management and psychology.
Jaren will replace Chief William C. Gurney as AFMC's top enlisted member.