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Veteran's Day Spotlight: Chief Master Sergeant Karen Wright-Chisolm
11/10/2016 11:36:09 AM

Karen Wright-Chisolm
Karen Wright-Chisolm retired after serving 27 years in the United States Air Force One in February 2016. She is the daughter of the late Benjamin “Bone” Wright” and the late Adell Meyers Wright.  Chief Chisolm is a native Charlestonian, Burke High School Graduate and 7th out of 11 children raised primarily by a single parent. 
The ceremony was held last November at Joint Base Charleston Club, Charleston, SC and was well attended with over 400 of Chief Chisolm’s family, friends and supporters of the Charleston community, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and friends from across the country that she met during her tenure with the United States Air Force.
Chief Chisolm entered the Air Force in June 1988. Her background includes various duties in military personnel.  She served in the capacity of chief of customer service, personnel employment, career enhancement and personnel relocation. She also worked as an Air Force civilian in the military personnel flight for over 23 years.  Chief Chisolm recently served on Active Duty assigned to the Pentagon as the Superintendent for Business and IT Integration at REPX on Bolling AFB, D.C and was assigned as a Traditional Reservist with the 514th Force Support Squadron, JB, McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ as a Personnelist.  After transitioning back to Charleston, Chief Chisolm obtained a civilian position and was employed as the Chief NAF Human Resources Officer. She retired in July 2016 after serving 21 years civil service.
Chief Chisolm merits her experiences and talents that landed her the position in the 315th Military Personnel Flight as the Military Personnel Superintendent being the first female and first African American to hold the position in the history of the 315th Mission Support Squadron at Charleston Air Force Base.  Chief Chisolm served in the position for 6 years before transferring to the Pentagon.
Chief Chisolm’s principal duties at the 514th FSS included Military Personnel Flight Superintendent leading and mentoring airmen on the importance of professional military education for a successful military career.  As the Chief NAF Human Resources Officer at Joint Base Charleston, Chief Chisolm was responsible for administering the Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) personnel system.
While at the Pentagon, Chief Chisolm’s principal duties included Superintendent, Headquarters, United States Air Force Air Staff, assigned to the Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia. Her duties included translating Department of Defense (DoD), HQ, USAF, and USAFR policies and decisions into workable plans of action.  Chief Chisolm advised the Chief, Systems and Analysis, Director of Personnel, and Chief of Air Force Reserve on matters pertinent to military systems programs and data systems supporting the Office of Air Force Reserve.  
Chief Chisolm’s professional education includes:  Doctoral of Management Candidate, Organizational Leadership, University of Phoenix; Dual Masters of Art Degree in Human Resources Management/Human Resources Development, Webster University; B.S. Degree in Human Resources Management, Southern Wesleyan University and Associate of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management/Personnel Administration, Community College of the Air Force (CCAF).
Her principle awards and decorations include:  Meritorious Service Medal with three devices, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with six devices, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Award with five devices, National Defense Service Medal with one device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal with one device, Air Force Longevity Service Award with four devices, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 “M” device and bronze hourglass, USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon with 1 device and Air Force Training Ribbon.
She is married to Paul Chisolm, Jr. of Charleston and they are proud parents of four children, Tamara Brown, Eric Brown, Paul Chisolm, III and Jazmine Wright-Chisolm.


Visitor Comments

Submitted By: Antonio L. Brown Submitted: 11/14/2016
It is great to see a veteran be recognized for their hard work and success. Living the military life is not easy.

Submitted By: Antonio L. Brown Submitted: 11/14/2016
It is great to see a veteran be recognized for their hard work and success. Living the military life is not easy.

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