Chief Master Sgt. Heather Richins is Command Chief of the 419th Fighter Wing, U.S. Air Force Reserve, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. She is the highest enlisted leader in the wing and provides direction for the enlisted force, representing their interests across Hill AFB and throughout the local community. She serves as an adviser to the commander on all issues regarding welfare, readiness, and morale of the wing’s enlisted force. She also provides oversight and guidance to the wing’s First Sergeants Council, Chiefs’ Group, and Top Three Association.
Chief Richins is from Henefer, Utah, and graduated from North Summit High School in 1994. She joined the Air Force Reserve in July 1995. After basic training, she completed the Health Services Management Course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, in December 1995. She was subsequently assigned to Hill AFB, Utah. Prior to her current position, Chief Richins was Superintendent for the 419th Mission Support Group at Hill AFB. Chief Richins completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 2008 from the University of Phoenix and earned a Master of Science in Human Resources in 2011 from Utah State University.
In her civilian job, she serves as Human Resources Director for a health care company focused on providing the highest quality care to people with renal disease and other chronic conditions.
1995 Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
1995 Health Services Management Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
1996 Associate Degree, Office Administration, LDS Business College, Salt Lake City, Utah
1998 NCO Preparatory Course, by correspondence
2001 NCO Academy, by correspondence
2006 Senior NCO Academy, by correspondence
2007 Senior NCO Leadership Course, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla.
2008 Bachelor of Science, Business Management, University of Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Utah
2009 Professional in Human Resources (PHR) National Certification, Salt Lake City, Utah
2009 Air Force Reserve Command Chief Master Sergeant Orientation Course, Robins AFB, Ga.
2011 Master of Science, Human Resources, Utah State University
2012 Associate of Applied Science, Health Care Management, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2017 Continuous Process Improvement Leadership Course, Hill AFB, Utah
2019 Professional Manager Certificate, CCAF, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2021 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II, by correspondence
1. September 1995–October 1995, Basic Trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
2. October 1995–December 1995, Student, Health Services Management technical school, Sheppard AFB, Texas
3. December 1995–January 2007, Health Services Management Craftsman, 419th Medical Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah
4. January 2007–April 2016, Health Services Management Superintendent, 419th Medical Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah
5. May 2016–June 2021, Superintendent, 419th Mission Support Group, Hill AFB, Utah
6. June 2021–Present, Command Chief, 419th Fighter Wing, Hill AFB, Utah
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two devices
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTIONS
Airman 1st Class July 10, 1995
Senior Airman March 1, 1997
Staff Sergeant March 1, 1999
Technical Sergeant Jan 1, 2002
Master Sergeant March 1, 2004
Senior Master Sergeant Jan 1, 2007
Chief Master Sergeant Nov 1, 2009
(Current as of July 2021)