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CMSgt Ryan J. Cote is assigned to Joint Force Headquarters, Maine Air National Guard, Camp Chamberlain, Augusta, Maine. He is the Maine State Command Chief and serves as the advisor to the Adjutant General and staff on matters of health, welfare, morale, professional development and effective utilization of more than 1,067 enlisted personnel assigned to the Maine Air National Guard.
Chief Cote grew up in Caribou, Maine and entered the Air Force in August 1998 followed by completion of Electronics Principles and the Secure Communications Systems Apprentice Course at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas in March 1999. During his nine years of active duty, Chief Cote was stationed at three different bases including an overseas extended long tour in England and a tour to Saudi Arabia where he participated in Operation Southern Watch and Operation Enduring Freedom. During this time he performed many duties in and outside of his career field including Base Honor Guardsman, Maintenance Control Center Controller, and he was handpicked to serve as Bailiff for a general court martial. After completing his active duty enlistment, he joined the Maine Air National Guard where he deployed to Iraq to participate in Operation New Dawn and Djibouti and Kenya to participate in Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Chief Cote recently completed a 1095 Military Personnel Appropriation tour and was pivotal in securing the Maine Air National Guard’s involvement with the 577th Software Maintenance Squadron while performing upgrades to the Distributed Common Ground System AN/GSQ-272, an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance weapons system. His work and expertise led to a savings of over $3 Million for the Air Force. Prior to his current position, Chief Cote was the Group Superintendent, 101st Maintenance Group, Bangor Air National Guard Base, Bangor, Maine.
Chief Cote worked for a two-way radio company and internet service provider after leaving active duty where he learned to climb towers and work on cable and antenna systems. After that he worked in information technology for a federal job training program and did network support for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Limestone, Maine. Currently, Chief Cote is a Field Technology Officer for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Information Technology. In addition to his full time work, Chief Cote uses his military learned skills in electronics to run sound equipment and provide computer support for a local church and figure skating club. He currently resides in Caribou with his wife and two daughters that support his service with the Air National Guard that frequently takes him away from home.
2002 Airman Leadership School RAF Feltwell, England
2003 Associate of Applied Science Degree, Electronic Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2007 Associate of Applied Science Degree, Instructor of Technology and Military Science, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2010 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2011 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2013 Leading Self and Teams, Dale Carnegie Course, DFAS Limestone, Maine
2014 How to Coach Employees to Peak Performance, Dale Carnegie Course, DFAS Limestone, Maine
2016 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy Distance Learning Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2017 Lean 6 Sigma Green Belt, DFAS Limestone, Maine
2018 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Advanced Leadership Experience, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2021 Chief’s Leadership Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala., virtual in-residence course
2021 Bachelor of Arts Degree, Business Management, minor in IT and Project Management, University of Maine, Presque Isle, Maine
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Humanitarian Service Medal
Academic Achievement Ribbon
1998 Top Graduate, Electronics Principles Course
2002 John L. Levitow Award, Airman Leadership School, RAF Feltwell, England
2018 Distinguished Graduate, Senior Noncommissioned Officer Advanced Leadership Experience, Maxwell AFB, AL
2019 Air National Guard Region 1 Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
Chief Master Sergeant Feb. 20, 2020
(Current as of August 2021)