Chief Master Sergeant Ernest A. Dinolfo is the Commandant of the Elmendorf Professional Military Education (PME) Center of Excellence, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He leads a team of 17 enlisted professionals and oversees the operations of the Airman Leadership School and the Noncommissioned Officer Academy. The PME Center graduates 804 students and enables the award of over 7,600 Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) credits per year. Chief Dinolfo’s PME Center cadre provides the highest quality education to shape supervisory, communication, and leadership skills for Senior Airmen, Staff Sergeants, and Technical Sergeants, ensuring they are prepared for increased leadership responsibilities, greater understanding of the profession of arms, and to become professional war-fighting Airmen who can lead and manage Air Force units in the employment of air, space, and cyberspace power. The diverse nature and location of the joint base facilitates attendance of U.S. Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force Guard and Reserve, and Royal Canadian Air Force enlisted professionals, providing a Total Force experience.
Chief Dinolfo enlisted in the Air Force in September 1998 and his background includes various duties in the Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) and Cyber Operations career fields. He also served as Noncommissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of Protocol, an Academy Military Trainer, and has held various senior enlisted positions. Chief Dinolfo has deployed in support of Operations NORTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, a United States Southern Command Forward Operating Location, FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Resolute Support mission. Prior to his current position, he served as Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Air Operations Center Director and Air Force Element (AFELM), NATO Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC), Uedem, Germany.
2002 Associate Degree, AGE Technology, CCAF, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala.
2002 Airman Leadership School, Aviano Air Base (AB), Italy
2005 Associate Degree, Information Systems Technology, CCAF, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala.
2008 NCO Academy (Distinguished Graduate), Paul W. Airey NCO Academy, Tyndall AFB, Fla. 2008 Protocol School, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2009 Academy Military Trainer (AMT) School, USAF Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, Colo. 2010 Associate Degree, Education and Training Management, CCAF, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala.
2010 Airmanship 490, Basic Freefall Parachuting Course, USAFA, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2011 Bachelor of Science, Information Technology Management (Summa cum Laude), Trident University International, Calif.
2011 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education I, by correspondence
2013 USAF Senior NCO Course 14, Air University, by correspondence
2013 Professional Manager Certification in Leadership, CCAF, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala.
2013 Security+ Certification, CompTIA, Downers Grove, Ill.
2014 Cyber Operations Fundamentals Course, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2014 Personal Trainer Certification, National Academy of Sports Medicine, Gilbert, Ariz.
2016 Senior NCO Academy (Distinguished Graduate), Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala.
2017 Initial Functional Joint Force Air Component Course, Deployable Air Command and Control Center, Poggio, Italy
2018 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II, by correspondence
2018 U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa Squadron Superintendents Course, Ramstein AB, Germany
2019 Cyber Squadron Commander & Superintendent Course, SW Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas
2019 NATO Command Senior Enlisted Leader (SEL) Course, NATO School Oberammergau, Germany
1. November 1998 – April 1999, Student, AGE basic course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2. April 1999 – August 2000, AGE Apprentice, 57th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
3. August 2000 – August 2003, AGE Journeyman, 31st Maintenance Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy
4. [September 2001 – November 2001] Deployed AGE Technician, 496th Air Base Squadron, Moron AB, Spain
5. September 2003 – December 2004, Student, Communications - Computer Systems Operations course, 333d Training Squadron, Keesler AFB, Miss.
6. January 2004 – November 2007, Air Operations Center, Command and Control Systems Administrator, 612th Air Communications Squadron, 12 AF, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
7. [September 2005 – January 2006] Deployed Lead Systems Administrator, CAOC, Al Udeid AB, Qatar
8. [December 2006 – April 2007] Deployed Communications Manager, Air Forces Southern, Forward Operating Location
9. November 2007 – July 2009, NCOIC of Protocol, 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
10. [January 2009 – May 2009] NCOIC of Protocol, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Dhafra AB, UAE
11. July 2009 – July 2012, AMT NCO, Cadet Squadron 36, USAFA, Colorado Springs, Colo.
12. July 2012 – July 2013, AMT NCO, 1st Preparatory Squadron, USAFA Preparatory School, Colo. Springs, Colo.
13. July 2013 – February 2015, MAJCOM Communication Coordination Center NCOIC, Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), Barksdale AFB, La.
14. February 2015 – August 2017, Flight Chief Cyber Operations and Plans and Resources Flights, 2d Communications Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
15. [October 2015 – April 2016] Section Chief, Network Control Center, 455th Expeditionary Communication Squadron, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
16. August 2017 – June 2019, AFELM SEL and Cyber Security Superintendent, NATO CAOC, Uedem, Germany
17. June 2019 – July 2020, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the AOC Director and AFELM, NATO CAOC, Uedem, Germany
18. July 2020 – Present, Commandant, Elmendorf PME Center, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with device
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary & Service Medals
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
NATO Medal with device
2005 NCO of the Year, 612th Air Communications Squadron
2009 AMT Excellence in Instruction Award, USAFA
2009 NCO of the Year, Cadet Group 4, USAFA
2010 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award (Junior Enlisted), Cadet Group 4, USAFA
2010 Colorado Springs Military Affairs Council NCO of the Year, Cadet Wing, USAFA
2014 Information Dominance Outstanding Cyberspace Operations Senior NCO (SNCO) of the Year, Headquarters AFGSC
2015 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award (Senior Enlisted), 2d Communications Squadron
2015 Information Dominance Outstanding Cyber Support SNCO of the Year, 2d Bomb Wing
2015 SNCO of the Year, 2d Communications Squadron
2017 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award (Senior Enlisted), 2d Bomb Wing
2017 Information Dominance Cyberspace Operations SNCO of the Year, Headquarters Allied Air Command
2018 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award (Senior Enlisted), Headquarters Allied Air Command
2018 Information Dominance Cyberspace Operations SNCO of the Year, Headquarters Allied Air Command
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant Oct. 1, 2019
(Current as of September 2020)