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Master Sergeant Paula L. Neeley
First Sergeant
436th Force Support Squadron

Master Sergeant Paula L. Neeley serves as the First Sergeant for the 436th Force Support Squadron. Sergeant Neeley is the advisor to the Commander on enlisted matters concerning the discipline, health, morale and welfare for 89 active duty members and assists on 300 civilian unit personnel.  
MSgt Neeley entered the Air Force in November 1998, and she graduated from the Air Traffic Control Specialist course at Keesler Air Force Base, MS, in May 1999. Previous duties include NCOIC, ATC Operations, Tower Assistant Chief Controller and Combat Plans Airspace Manager. Her assignments include bases in Okinawa Japan, Texas, Alaska and Oklahoma. She has deployed in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as Radar Approach Control Assistant Chief Controller, Dover AFB, DE.  


Airman Leadership School, Kadena AB, Japan
2010 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Tyndall AFB, FL
2012 Associate Degree, Air Traffic Operations and Management, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, AL
2014 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, AL, by correspondence 2014 Air and Space Operations Center, Combat Airspace Management, Hurlburt Field, FL
2016 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course, by correspondence 2016 First Sergeant Academy, Maxwell-Gunter Annex, AL  


1.  Nov 98 – Jan 99 - Student, Basic Military Training, 331st Training Squadron Lackland AFB, TX
2.  Jan 99 – May 99 - Student, Technical Training School, 334th Training Squadron, Keesler AFB, MS
3.  Jun 99 – Jun 03 - Air Traffic Controller, 18th Operations Support Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan  (Mar 02 – July 02 – Air Traffic Controller, Thumrait AB, Oman) 
4.  Jun 03 – Jun 06 - Air Traffic Controller, Radar Approach Control, 80th Operations Support Squadron, Sheppard AFB, TX
5.  Jun 06 – Jun 10 - Air Traffic Control Watch Supervisor, 3rd Operations Support Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, AK (Jul 09 – Jan   10 - Baghdad Air Control Center Liaison, Baghdad Iraq) 
6.  Jun 10 – Aug 13 – NCOIC ATC Operations, 32nd Combat Communication Squadron, Tinker AFB, OK
7.  Aug 13 – Aug 16 – Radar Approach Control, Assistant Chief Controller, 436th Operations Support Squadron, Dover AFB, DE (Jan 15 – Aug 15- Combat Plan Airspace Manager, Combined Air Ops Center, Al Udeid Qatar)    8.  Aug 16- Present – First Sergeant, 436th Force Support Squadron, Dover AFB, DE  


Meritorious Service Medal  Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor and one silver oak leaf cluster Air Force Good Conduct Medal with four oak leaf clusters  Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal  Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border and two oak leaf clusters  

2015 SNCO of the Year 436th Operations Support Squadron  

Airman Basic Nov 25, 1998
Airman First Class Jan 8, 1999
Senior Airman May 8, 2001
Staff Sergeant Mar 1, 2003
Technical Sergeant Mar 1, 2009
Master Sergeant Feb 1, 2014  
(Current as of December 2016)