State Command Chief Master Sergeant
Chief Master Sergeant Lynn R. Cole is the 13th State Command Chief Master Sergeant for the Mississippi Air National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters, Jackson, Mississippi. Chief Cole serves as the principal advisor to commanders and senior staff on matters of mission effectiveness, professional development, military readiness, training, promotion, retention, utilization, health, morale, welfare and assignment policy affecting over 2,300 enlisted personnel; conducting counseling and interviewing sessions through a visitation program to 29 units; and identifying issues and recommending action directly to commanders. She is the liaison between the enlisted personnel, the Adjutant General and the Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Mississippi Air National Guard.
A native Mississippian, Chief Cole enlisted in the Mississippi Air National Guard in February 1985 with the 186th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, Meridian, Mississippi. In 1999, she was selected as the first sergeant for the 186th Security Forces Squadron. In August of 2004, Cole then became the 186th Air Refueling Wing human resource advisor for headquarters. She then transferred to the Joint Force Headquarters, Mississippi Air National Guard in September 2007 to fill the position as state human resource advisor. Chief Cole was responsible to the commander of the MSANG by advising leadership on force management and force development issues. In addition, Chief Cole oversaw the schoolhouse administration of the MC-12 Project Liberty from November 2008 until January 2012. She has supported Operations DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, PROJECT LIBERTY and FREEDOM'S SENTINEL.
Prior to assuming her current position, Chief Cole was the chief enlisted manager, Combat Readiness Training Center – Battlefield Airman Center, Gulfport, Mississippi. She assumed responsibility as the MSANG State Command Chief Master Sgt. on December 2, 2017.