Chief Master Sgt. Summer Leifer is the Twenty-Fifth Air Force command chief, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. She advises the commander on all issues regarding the health, morale, welfare and effective utilization of more than 29,000 Airmen worldwide. Twenty-Fifth Air Force Airmen deliver multisource intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance products, applications, capabilities and resources. Additionally, they conduct electronic warfare, strategic command and control and integrate cyber ISR teams and expertise into the country’s cyber mission forces. The Twenty-Fifth Air Force includes the 9th Reconnaissance Wing; 55th Wing; 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing; 319th Reconnaissance Wing; 363d Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing; 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing; Air Force Technical Applications Center; and all Air Force Cryptologic Operations.
Leifer entered the Air Force in November 1994. Her experience includes numerous duties as a cryptologic language and intelligence analyst within the United States Air Force and National Security Agency. Throughout her career, Leifer has filled a myriad of operational, leadership and management positions including additional-duty first sergeant. She has also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Prior to assuming her current position, she served as the command chief of the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. There, she advised the commander on aspects of worldwide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations for six groups, supporting nine Numbered Air Force commanders, accounting for more than 6,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel, and a total enterprise valued at more than $5 billion.
1996 Arabic Language Course, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, Calif.
1999 Airman Leadership School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2001 Hindi Language Course, Foreign Service Institute, Arlington, Va.
2006 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, McGuire AFB, N.J.
2008 USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, by correspondence
2008 Associates Degree, Communications Applications Technology, CCAF
2009 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, by correspondence
2010 Bachelor of Science Degree, Strategic Leadership, Southwestern College, Kan.
2012 Professional Manager Certification, CCAF
2012 Senior Enlisted ISR Master Skills Course, Goodfellow AFB, TX
2012 Office of Personnel Management, Management Development Seminar II, Aurora, Colo.
2012 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala.
2013 Associates Degree in Arabic, Defense Language Institute, Ca.
2013 Graduate-level Certification in Executive Leadership, Southwestern College, Kan.
2013 Master of Science in Management, Southwestern College, Kan.
2015 ACC Chief Orientation Course, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va
2017 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II, by correspondence
2017 Senior Enlisted Legal Orientation, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2017 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of North Carolina
2017 Continuous Process Improvement Course, University of North Carolina
2019 Keystone Course, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
1. January 1995 – October 1996, Student, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, Calif.
2. November 1996 – August 2000, Language & Information Operations Analyst, 31st Intelligence Squadron, Fort Gordon, Ga.
3. August 2000 – July 2001, Student, Foreign Service Institute, Arlington, Va.
4. July 2001 – October 2003, Linguist, National Security Agency, 22nd Intelligence Squadron, Ft. Meade, Md.
5. October 2003 – May 2006, Unit Training Manager, 22nd Intelligence Squadron, Ft. Meade, Md.
6.May 2006 – January 2008, Flight Chief and Language Analyst, National Security Agency (NSA), 22 Intelligence Squadron, Ft. Meade, Md.
7. January 2008 – September 2008, Senior Enlisted Representative, NSA, 22nd Intelligence Squadron, Ft. Meade, Md.
8. September 2008 – December 2008, Flight Chief and Language Analyst, NSA, 22nd Intelligence Squadron, Ft. Meade, Md.
9. December 2008 – July 2010, Assistant First Sergeant and Operations Superintendent, 22nd Intelligence Squadron, Ft. Meade, Md.
10. July 2010 – July 2011, Squadron Superintendent, 34th Intelligence Squadron, Ft. Meade, Md.
11. July 2011 – October 2012, Senior Enlisted Leader, NSA Remote Airborne Operations Office, and Joint Operations Superintendent, 3rd Intelligence Squadron, Ft. Gordon, Ga.
12. October 2012 – August 2013, Operations Superintendent, 3rd IS, Ft. Gordon, Ga.
13. August 2013 – March 2014, Air Force Forces Forward Superintendent, Combined Air Operations Center, Al Udeid AB, Qatar
14. April 2014 – September 2014, Senior Enlisted Leader, Trans-National Issues, National Security Agency-Georgia, Ft. Gordon, Ga.
15. September 2014 – August 2016, Chief Enlisted Manager, United States Air Forces Central Command A2, Shaw AFB, S.C.
16. October 2015 – August 2016, Senior Enlisted Leader-Shaw, United States Air Forces Central Command, Shaw AFB, S.C.
17. August 2016 – November 2017, Chief Enlisted Manager, and Intelligence Functional Manager, Intelligence, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
18. November 2017 – present, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
19. February 2019 - present, Command Chief, Twenty-Fifth Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
1996 Commandant’s Award, Defense Language Institute
1996 Honor Graduate, Cryptologic Linguist Training, Goodfellow AFB
1999 John L. Levitow Award, Maxwell AFB ALS
2006 John L. Levitow Award, McGuire AFB NCOA
2007 22nd Intelligence Squadron NCO of the Year
2008 22nd Intelligence Squadron NCO of the Year
2010 34th Intelligence Squadron SNCO of the Year
2012 John L. Levitow Award, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex SNCOA
2012 SNCO of the Year, Air Force ISR Agency
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant December 2014
(Current as of March 2019)