Chief Master Sergeant Steve C. Cenov is the Command Chief Master Sergeant of Eighth Air Force and the Senior Enlisted Leader for the Joint-Global, Strike Operations Center (J-GSOC) at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. He is responsible to the commander for the operational utilization, readiness, assignment, morale and welfare of more than 24,000 joint warfighters. The “Mighty Eighth” is the numbered Air Force responsible for the service’s entire bomber force, Air Operations Center and airborne nuclear command and control assets. The J-GSOC is the primary organization supporting the commander and is also the warfighting air component to U.S. Strategic Command. The J-GSOC serves as the primary command and control center for all operations within Air Force Global Strike Command.

Chief Cenov enlisted in the Air Force in May of 1999 and his background includes various duties in the security forces career field. His vast leadership experience while serving at squadron through MAJCOM levels consisted of formulating policy for the protection of command resources; nuclear security, installation law enforcement; information, personnel, industrial security; combat arms and equipping, training and deploying Security Forces worldwide. Chief Cenov is a distinguished combat veteran with seven tours in support of operations Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve. He has completed short and long overseas tours in Alaska, Italy, Japan, Turkey, Germany and South Korea. Chief Cenov is also an honor graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico VA.

Prior to assuming his current position Chief Cenov served as Command Chief, 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw Air Base, South Carolina.

2001 Arctic Survival School, Eielson Air Force Base, AK
2003 Airman Leadership School, Aviano Air Base, Italy
2005 Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, Community College of the Air Force
2006 Associate Degree in Police Science, Central Texas College
2008 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Kadena AB, Japan 2009 Contingency War Planners Course, Maxwell AFB, AL
2009 Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, American Military University (With Honors)
2010 Master of Science in Emergency Management, TUI University (Magna Cum Laude)
2012 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, AL
2012 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy (NA–253) Quantico, VA
2013 Master of Art in Criminal Justice Education, University of Virginia (Summa Cum Laude)
2014 Professional Manager Certification, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, AL
2017 Joint & Combined Warfighting School, National Defense University, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA
2017 Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course, JB Andrews, MD
2018 NATO Nuclear Policy Course, Oberammergau, Germany
2018 Senior Enlisted Legal Orientation, Maxwell AFB, AL
2018 Continuous Process Improvement for Executives, Institute for Defense and Business, Cincinnati, OH
2018 Leading Strategically, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, CO
2020 National and International Security Leadership, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington, D.C 2020 Arbinger Institute, Outward Mindset Training, Sumter, SC
2021 Space Executive Course, Peterson AFB, CO
2021 Enterprise Perspective Seminar, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington, D.C
2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate, University of South Florida
2021 Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
2021 Inclusive and Ethical Leadership Certificate, University of South Florida
2022 Senior Leader Nuclear Management (NUC 400), Kirkland AFB, NM
2022 Master of Science in Strategic Leadership, University of Charleston

1. May 1999 – June 1999, student, Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
2. June 1999 – September 1999, student, Security Police Technical School, Lackland AFB, Texas
3. October 1999 – October 2002, Security Forces Member, Response Force Leader, Security Forces Controller, 354th Security Forces Squadron, Eielson AFB, Alaska
4. October 2002 – November 2005, Vault Storage Area Supervisor, Security Forces Evaluator, Assistant NCOIC,Standardization & Evaluation, 31st Security Forces Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy
5. January 2006 – December 2007, Assistant Flight Chief, NCOIC Investigation, Operations Staff NCO and NCOIC, Supply & Equipment, 28th Security Forces Squadron, Ellsworth AFB, S.D. (August 2006 – March 2007, NCOIC Plans & Programs, Al Udeid AB, Qatar)
6. January 2008 – January 2012, Flight Chief, NCOIC, Logistics and Unit Deployment Manager, 374th Security Forces Squadron, Yokota AB, Japan (February – August 2010, NCOIC, East Gate, Joint Base Balad, Iraq and June–December 2011, Air Mobility Division Fly Away Security Manager, Al Udeid AB, Qatar)
7. January 2012 – October 2014, Operations Superintendent, Superintendent Programs & Resources and Manager, Contingency & Deployment, HQ AETC/A7S, JB San Antonio–Randolph, Texas (June 2014 – September 2014, Chief, Joint Defense Operations Center, Kandahar AB, Afghanistan)
8. October 2014 – April 2015, Security Forces Manager and Operations Superintendent, 902d Security Forces Squadron, JB San Antonio–Randolph, Texas
9. April 2015 – January 2017, Security Forces Manager, 22d Security Forces Squadron, McConnell AFB, KS (April 2016 – October 2016, Security Forces Manager, Bagram AB, Afghanistan)
10. January 2017 – January 2018, Group Superintendent, 39th Weapons System Security Group, Incirlik AB, Turkey
11. January 2018 – May 2019, Group Superintendent, 52d Munitions Maintenance Group, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
12. May 2019 – May 2020, Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea
13. May 2020 – October 2021, Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C
14. October 2021 – Present, Command Chief, Eighth Air Force & Senior Enlisted Leader, J-GSOC, Barksdale AFB, LA

Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster Air Force Achievement Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal
Air Force Recognition Ribbon

1999 Basic Training Honor Graduate
2002 Senior Airmen Below-the-Zone
2008 374th Security Forces Squadron NCO of the Year
2009 374th Security Forces Squadron NCO of the Year
2010 374th Mission Support Group SNCO of the Year
2010 PACAF Security Forces Flight SNCO of the Year
2011 HQ Air Force Security Forces Staff NCO of the Year
2016 3rd Cavalry Regiment Shoulder Sleeve (Combat Patch)

(Current as of April 2022)