Chief Master Sergeant JoAnne S. Bass is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for Second Air Force at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. She is the senior enlisted leader and advisor to the commander on all matters impacting the professional development, proper utilization, and the readiness of the enlisted corps. The command consists of five Training Wings, 18 Groups with 76 Operating Locations Worldwide, in support of 13,000 Enlisted, Officers, Civilians, Contractors and 36,000 Basic Trainees per year. In addition, Second Air Force is home to more than 265 Air Force Specialties through 3,400 courses graduating 150,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and international students annually in various fields including financial management, security forces, cyber, personnel, weather, civil engineering, aircraft maintenance, medical, avionics, security forces, space and missile operations/maintenance, and multiple intelligence disciplines, while providing 93% of the Air Force’s Initial Skills Training.
Chief Bass was raised as an Army dependent, living in several overseas and stateside locations, prior to entering the Air Force in March 1993. She has held a variety of leadership positions serving at the squadron, group, wing, major command and Headquarters Air Force levels with significant joint service and special operations experience. Chief Bass has participated in several operations and exercises as well as deployments in direct support of Operation Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Prior to this assignment, she served as the Chief of Air Force Enlisted Developmental Education located at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.