Welcome to Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course

CMSgt WesterCMSgt Michael L. Wester
Director, CMSgt Leadership Course

The USAF Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course (CLC), located on Maxwell-Gunter AFB, AL, consists of 165 hours of facilitated resident learning. The USAF CLC mission is to provide Chief Master Sergeants the education to bridge operational-to-strategic perspectives of the Air Force.  As a result of this Executive Level Experience (ELE), strategic-level leaders will be equipped to inspire, effectively lead, manage and mentor our present day and tomorrow’s Airmen. 

The CLC is the capstone and pinnacle level of Enlisted Professional Military Education.  To further expand on the CLCs vision and mission, the strategic-level leadership competencies provided during this ELE, will provide our new CMSgts the impenetrable foundation that is instrumental in our fly, fight, and win in the employment of air, space and cyberspace capabilities!   

The CLC course material was designed to incorporate AFMAN 36-2647 (Institutional Competency Development and Management), Joint competencies prescribed in the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction (CJCSI 1805.1), Enlisted Professional Military Education Policy and Air University Initiatives.

Modules and Lessons

Learning Outcomes. The CLC curriculum will enhance the members Air Force Institutional Competency skill level by executing the five modules captured above.
Duration. The CLC is a 20-day resident course, conducted seven times per year, educating 750 Total Force CMSgt’s annually.

Eligibility. The USAF Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course selection and scheduling for the CLC is done by AF/DPE and AFPC/DPSIT, and is driven by the CMSgt promotion release.  Selection and scheduling is done in accordance with AFI 36-2301 and the Chief Leadership Course ETCA based on grade and availability.  Air Reserve Component Members will be scheduled by NGB/HR and AFRC/A1KO respectively, per the abovementioned Instruction.

Reference the ETCA website (.mil only) for additional information.






Required Reading

 AFI 36-2618, The Enlisted Force Structure
AFI 36-2618
The Enlisted Force Structure


 Air Force Future Operating Concept
Air Force Future
 Operating Concept


America's Air Force, A Profession of Arms
America's Air Force
A Profession of Arms


Call to the Future
Call to the Future


Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, Vol 3, Command Doctrine
 Command Doctrine


Global Vigilance, Reach, and Power for America
Global Vigilance, Reach,
and Power for America


Joint Operating Environment 2035 The Joint Force in a Contested and Disordered World
Joint Operating Environment 2035
 The Joint Force in a
 Contested and Disordered World


The World's Greatest Air Force_A Vision for the USAF
The World's Greatest Air Force
A Vision for the USAF


USAF Communication Waypoint (Winter 2016)
USAF Communication Waypoint
 (Winter 2016)


USAF Strategic Master Plan
USAF Strategic Master Plan


USAF Strategic Master Plan-Human Capital Annex
USAF Strategic Master Plan
Human Capital Annex


USAF Strategic Master Plan-Strategic Posture Annex
USAF Strategic Master Plan
Strategic Posture Annex


Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course
550 McDonald St, Bldg 1143
Maxwell-Gunter AFB AL 36114-3107

Course Schedule

Class Start Graduate
19A 22 Oct 18 16 Nov 18
19B 7 Jan 19 1 Feb 19
19C 25 Feb 19 22 Mar 19
19D 8 Apr 19 3 May 19
19E 20 May 19 18 Jun 19
19F 15 Jul 19 9 Aug 19
19G 26 Aug 19 24 Sep 19
20A 21 Oct 19 15 Nov 19
20B 6 Jan 20 31 Jan 20

AU Student Support & Research Guides

Air University Student Support & Research Guides

CMSAF Professional Reading Picks

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Reading List