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Sheppard honors Dibble, Gruenes during Chief Recognition Ceremony

The Chief Recognition Ceremony took place at Sheppard Air Force base, Texas, June 11, 2021

Chief Master Sgt. William Dibble, 373rd Training Squadron chief enlisted manager, and his wife, Candice, walk through a sword cordon during the Chief Recognition Ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, June 11, 2021. Chief Master Sgt. Dibble, along with another team Sheppard member were selected for promotion to the highest enlisted grade during the last cycle and were honored with a ceremony. By federal law, no more than 1 percent of the enlisted force may hold the rank of Chief Master Sgt. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert L. McIlrath)

The Chief Recognition Ceremony took place at Sheppard Air Force base, Texas, June 11, 2021

Chief Master Sgt. William Dibble, 373rd Training Squadron chief enlisted manager, receives a plaque from Brig. Gen. Kenyon Bell, 82nd Training Wing commander, on June 11, 2021 at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. During the last promotion cycle, Chief Master Sgt. Dibble was selected for promotion to the highest enlisted grade. Two Sheppard team members were honored at the Chief Recognition Ceremony for their promotions to Chief Master Sgt. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert L. McIlrath)

The Chief Recognition Ceremony took place at Sheppard Air Force base, Texas, June 11, 2021

Chief Master Sgt. William Gruenes, 782nd Training Group military training superintendent, receives a plaque from Brig. Gen. Kenyon Bell, 82nd Training Wing commander, on June 11, 2021 at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. During the last promotion cycle, Chief Master Sgt. Gruenes was selected for promotion to the highest enlisted grade. Two Sheppard team members were honored at the Chief Recognition Ceremony for their promotions to Chief Master Sgt. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert L. McIlrath)

The Chief Recognition Ceremony took place at Sheppard Air Force base, Texas, June 11, 2021

Chief Master Sgt. William Gruenes, 782nd Training Group military training superintendent, and his wife, Michelle, walk through a sword cordon during the Chief Recognition Ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, June 11, 2021. Chief Master Sgt. Gruenes, along with another Sheppard team member were selected for promotion to the highest enlisted grade during the last cycle and were honored with a ceremony. By federal law, no more than 1 percent of the enlisted force may hold the rank of Chief Master Sgt. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert L. McIlrath)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Two senior noncommissioned officers were honored during a Chief Recognition Ceremony June 11, 2021, for attaining the highest enlisted rank in the Air Force.

Chief Master Sgt. William P. Dibble, 373rd Training Squadron superintendent, and Chief Master Sgt. William R. Gruenes, 782nd Training Group superintendent of military training, were the distinguished guests at the annual event. Brig. Gen. Kenyon K. Bell, 82nd Training Wing commander, and 82nd TRW Command Chief Master Sgt. Wayne B. Jones hosted the event.

The Military Pay Act of 1958, signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on May 20, 1958, created the enlisted pay grades of E-9 and E-8, and it was later 1958 when the rank of chief master sergeant was established. On Dec. 1, 1959, the Air Force promoted 650 senior master sergeants to the highest enlisted rank.

By law, no more than 1.25 percent of the enlisted structure can wear the rank of chief master sergeant at any given time.