Master Sergeant Christopher "SATO" McMinn

Master Sergeant Christopher J. McMinn is in his second season with the Pacific Air Forces F-16 Demonstration Team. As the superintendent, he leads a team of F-16 maintainers through aerial combat demonstrations supporting the INDOPACOM theater. The Team performs live demonstrations for six million spectators annually at various locations throughout the area of responsibility. MSgt McMinn’s home station duties include overseeing the 13th Fighter Generation Squadron’s (FGS) support section supporting flying operations for the 35th Fighter Wing and maintaining 22 F-16CM aircraft valued at $704 million.

MSgt McMinn enlisted in the Air Force May 2009 as a Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Technician. He graduated from Choctawhatchee High School, Florida, and has since graduated from Southwestern College, Kansas, earning a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. His military experience includes Dedicated Crew Chief duties on F-16CJ, A-10C, and U-2S airframes supporting Operations ODYSSEY DAWN, NEW DAWN, ENDURING FREEDOM, ATLANTIC RESOLVE, ODYSSEY DAWN, NEW DAWN, ENDURING FREEDOM, ATLANTIC RESOLVE, INHERENT RESOLVE, and undisclosed locations throughout the Asian theater.

2013 Airman Leadership School, Beale Air Force Base (AFB), Calif.
2018 Associate degree Aircraft Maintenance Technology, Community College of the Air Force
2018 First Sergeant Symposium, Moody AFB, Ga.
2019 Senior Enlisted Joint PME I Correspondence Course, Shaw AFB, S.C.
2020 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, McGhee-Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tenn.
2021 Aircraft Mishap Investigation Course, Dyess AFB, Texas
2021 Bachelor of Computer Science, Southwestern College, Kan.

1. May 2009 – July 2009, Basic Military Training, Lackland (AFB), Texas
2. July 2009 – Jan 2010, Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Technical School, Sheppard AFB, Texas
3. Jan 2010 – Jan 2011, Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, 5th Reconnaissance Sq, Osan Air Base (AB), Korea
4. Jan 2011 – June 2013, Assistant Dedicated Crew Chief, 9th Reconnaissance Sq, Beale AFB, Calif.
5. June 2013 – Apr 2016, Dedicated Crew Chief, 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Sq, Moody AFB, Ga.
6. Apr 2016 – Jul 2019, Repair & Reclamation Craftsman, 23rd Maintenance Sq, Moody AFB, Ga.
7. Jul 2019 – Oct 2020, Support NCOIC, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Sq, Shaw AFB, S.C.
8. Oct 2020 – Feb 2021, Support Section Chief, 77th Fighter Generation Sq, Shaw AFB, S.C.
9. Feb 2021 – Nov 2021, Specialist Section Chief, 77th Fighter Generation Sq, Shaw AFB, S.C.
10. Nov 2021 – Nov 2022, APG Section Chief, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Sq, Misawa AB, Japan
11. Nov 2022 – Present, Support Section Chief, 13th FGS, Misawa AB, Japan
12. Apr 2022 -- Present, PACAF F-16 Demo Team superintendent

Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Korean Defense Medal Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Airman First Class, 12 May 2009
Senior Airman, 12 Sept. 2011
Staff Sergeant, 01 July 2013
Technical Sergeant, 01 Feb. 2018
Master Sergeant, 01 May 2021

(Current as of March 2023)