Graduation Journey: Chief Master Sergeant Gene Eastman

Chief Master Sergeant Gene Eastman, finished the Master of Arts in Procurement and Acquisitions Management (MA) degree this past March, 2017. More on his journey to graduation:

“As a Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt) in the Air Force, I was the Chief Enlisted Manager for the Contracting Directorate at Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. I was the principal advisor to the Contracting Directorate on morale, training and equipping of over 3,800 military and civilian personnel across six Centers and nine operational contracting units. As a member of the Air Force Contracting Chiefs group, my leadership was vital in the development and management of enlisted programs such as the Air Force Contracting Vectoring program (identify personnel for leadership/career broadening opportunities), Career Field Education and Training Plan, and Special Duty Assignment Pay Program, shaping the landscape for all Air Force enlisted contracting professionals.

As an active Senior Leader within the Air Force with over 24 years of service, I led by example in demonstrating the whole person concept of professional development, personal/educational development, and community involvement. I inspired my subordinates and peers as I pursued and finished my master’s degree. Achieving the highest rank possible doesn’t mean you’re too old to learn or you no longer need to look for ways to improve yourself.

In addition to having a distinguished career in the Air Force and being active in the community, I was also a leader in my home as a father with my wife, who are raising 6 children with ages ranging from 14 years down to 18 months. Not only was I working towards my master’s degree, my wife was working towards her bachelor degree online at another university at the same time. Yet, we still found a way to be there for our children, help with their homework, be a football coach, help four children participate in sports, be involved in church and community, and still find time to do homework at a high level.

I pride myself in my work ethic and providing quality products. I try to lead by example, not only for my Airmen, but for my family as well.”