December 29, 2008
Scurry selected as Nevada Air Guard state command chief
CARSON CITY – Chief Master Sgt. Rick Scurry is set to become the eighth state command chief
for the Nevada Air National Guard. The state command chief is the principle advisor to the adjutant general
for all enlisted airmen affairs, including force structure management, leadership development, benefits
programs and airmen recognition. Currently there are about 950 enlisted members in the Nevada Air Guard
based in Carson City, Indian Springs and Reno.
Scurry enlisted in the Nevada Air National Guard in 1981 as a photographic processing specialist
and has worked as the photo processing and imagery analyst shop supervisor, and as squadron
superintendent, the senior enlisted airmen in the 152nd Intelligence Squadron
In late 2001 Scurry was activated and deployed to Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany, where he was
the superintendent of the RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial system squadron that flew missions over
Afghanistan in support of allied ground forces engaged in combat operations against Taliban and Al-Qaeda
forces. Other deployments include 13 missions to Howard Air Force Base, Panama, and to Beale Air Force
The Reno resident was also instrumental in acquiring military construction funding for a new,
36,000-square foot building in Reno that became operational in October. He is involved in the Nevada Air
National Guard Strategic Plan, Governor Jim Gibbons’ Blue Ribbon Panel for the Nevada Air Guard and is
a past chairman of the Chief’s Council.
“The command chief position is tremendously important because their main responsibility is to
ensure issues affecting airmen and their families are addressed by the state leadership and national
authorities,” said the adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Cindy Kirkland. “Rick is certainly prepared to take on this
Scurry will replace Chief Master Sgt. John Ternau, who will retire in the spring of 2009 with more
than 40 years of service to the Nevada Air Guard.