Chief Master Sergeant Michael J. Venning is the Commandant, Elmendorf Professional Military Education Center, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. In this role, he leads a staff of 15 instructors and oversees the operations of both the Airman Leadership School and the Noncommissioned Officer Academy. The PME Center graduates over 650 students and enables the award of over 5,750 Community College of the Air Force credit hours per year. With curriculum provided by the Barnes Center for Enlisted Education, the PME Center builds enlisted supervision, communication, profession of arms, and leadership skills through quality education for selected Senior Airmen, Staff Sergeants, and Technical Sergeants, ensuring they are prepared for increased leadership responsibilities. Additionally, the diverse nature of the base facilitates attendance of U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Coast Guard students, along with Air Force Guard and Reserve, providing a true “Total Force” experience.
Chief Venning is from Melbourne, Australia. After moving to the United States in 1994, he entered the Air Force in May of 2000 and received his U.S. citizenship in 2005. He served 6 years as a power production specialist in a combat communications unit, with many temporary duties and deployments around the country and in the Middle East. Chief Venning retrained into the contracting career field in 2006 and spent 11 years in various NCOIC, squadron superintendent, and MAJCOM staff positions, as well as being warranted as a contracting officer. Before assuming his current position, Chief Venning was the 673d Contracting Squadron Superintendent.
Chief Venning has deployed four times in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and NEW DAWN.
2003 Airman Leadership School, Tinker AFB, Okla.
2008 Associate degree in Mechanical and Electrical Technology, Community College of the Air Force
2009 Associate degree in Contracts Management, Community College of the Air Force
2011 NCO Academy, McGhee-Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tenn.
2011 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education I, Correspondence Course
2013 SNCO Academy, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2013 Professional Manager Certification, Community College of the Air Force
2014 Bachelor of Science in Organizational & Human Resource Mgmt, Colorado Christian University, Colo.
2015 Acquisition Professional Development Program, Contracting Level III Certification
2016 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II, Correspondence Course
1. September 2000 – September 2006, Power Production Crew Member/NCOIC, 33rd Combat Communications Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla.
2. September 2006 – December 2009, NCOIC/Construction Contracting Officer, 21st Contracting Squadron, Peterson AFB, Colo.
3. July 2010 – November 2010, Base Support Contracting Officer, 21st Contracting Squadron, Peterson AFB, Colo.
4. November 2010 – September 2012, Squadron Superintendent, 770th Business Support Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
5. September 2012 – June 2013, AFMC Contracting Command Training Manager, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
6. June 2013 – April 2014, AFMC Contracting Functional Area Manager, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
7. May 2014 – August 2017, Squadron Superintendent, 673d Contracting Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
8. September 2017 – Present, Commandant, Elmendorf PME Center, Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson, Alaska
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
AF Commendation Medal
AF Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with one oak leaf cluster
2003 John L. Levitow Award, Airman Leadership School
2011 John L. Levitow Award, NCO Academy
2011 SNCO of the Year, Enterprise Sourcing Group
2012 Contingency Contracting Officer of the Year, AFMC
2013 Distinguished Graduate and Commandant’s Leadership Award, SNCO Academy
2013 Contracting SNCO of the Year, AFMC
2013 SNCO of the Year, AFMC
2014 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year, USAF
2016 Contracting Superintendent of the Year, PACAF
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant, 1 September 2017
(Current as of September 2017)