CMSgt Joseph Markin, USAF, Ret.
Chief Markin entered the Air Force during the Viet Nam era, August 1972. Upon completion of Security Police training as a Distinguished Graduate he was selected for special duty with the Air Force Presidential Honor Guard, Bolling AFB, Washington D.C. Four years later he was assigned to the 4th Security Police Squadron (SPS), Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina. In 1978 he transferred to the 834th SPS, (now the 1st Special Ops SFS) Hurlburt Field, Florida.
In August 1980, he was assigned to Whiteman AFB, Missouri, followed by an assignment to Spangdahlem AB, Germany, in 1983. During his next two assignments, Ramstein, AB Germany and Peterson AFB, Colorado he was selected for special duty as the Superintendent, Elite Guard, Headquarters, United States Air Forces in Europe and Headquarters Air Force Space Command. In 1990, he was assigned to Incirlik AB Turkey. At Incirlik AB he was a senior leader in Operation DESERT SHIELD/STORM, Operation PROVIDE COMFORT and NORTHERN WATCH. During DESERT STORM he crafted the base defense plan which integrated over 500 security forces and a Patriot Missile Battery for the first ever "wartime composite wing," which launched over 4,000 sorties and dropped over six million pounds of ordnance on Iraq.
In September 1993, he was assigned to Fairchild AFB, Washington as the Security Police Manager, later serving as the 92nd Air Refueling Wing Senior Enlisted Advisor. His next assignment as Senior Enlisted Advisor was with the 89th Air Wing, "Home of Air Force One," Andrews AFB, Maryland. In 1998 he was selected as the Command Chief Master Sergeant for United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska. In this capacity he was the senior enlisted advisor to the Commander-in-Chief, USSTRATCOM responsible for Air Force and Navy strategic nuclear forces supporting national security objectives. The Chief says one of the most memorable moments in his career was with USSTRATCOM, sailing with submarine crews on the SSBN Rhode Island and Alabama. The Chief retired in November 2000.
The Chief re-entered the workforce in 2001 as Headquarters Air Mobility Command (AMC) Security Forces, Branch Chief for Antiterrorism. In this capacity he served as the MAJCOM Security Forces authority and expert on all matters relating to Antiterrorism (AT) and Force Protection. A milestone in his career, the Chief was the senior security designer and planner for the $61M upgrade projects for all AMC installation entry points. Upgrades included canopy’s, enhanced security lighting, cameras, pop-up barriers, search and screening facilities, bullet resistance glass and visitor control facilities. In recognition of his combatting terrorism accomplishments and a pioneer in the development of Air Force and DoD Unified Facility Criteria for building codes, he was promoted to HQ AMC, Deputy Director Information Protection and Mission Assurance. In April 2014 he retired from that position in the rate of GS-14. In December 2015 the Chief once again re-entered the workforce as Director, Business Development for Veterans United Home Loans (VUHL), resigning from that position in May 2021. In Oct 2021 Mr. Markin was elected as Chairman of the Board, Air Force Enlisted Village. The AFEV is a 501(c)3, nonprofit located along the beautiful Emerald Coast of Northwest FL. The Village, often referred to as Bob Hope Village, provides a safe, secure, and dignified housing to over 500 residents, compromised mainly of AF enlisted widows.
His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters (one for heroism), and the Air Force Achievement Medal.
The Chief attended the Dynamics of International Terrorism School, Hurlburt Field Florida, and Army Ranger Course at Camp Rudder, Florida. He is married to the former Cathy Culberson of Rome, GA.