CMSgt Richard L. Winegardner Jr.
CMSgt Richard L. Winegardner Jr. is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for United States Forces Japan. As the senior enlisted leader, he is responsible to the commander for matters relating to readiness, welfare, and effective utilization of over 33,000 enlisted members assigned to the joint services of United States Forces Japan. Through engagement with the enlisted force he is the communications link between the commander and the enlisted community. He ensures the commander’s policies are known and understood and advises the commander of important enlisted force issues and concerns. He also provides critical interface with the senior enlisted leadership of the Japan Self-Defense Force, serving to foster better understanding and improved readiness of our allied partners.