Chief Master Sergeant Vladimir Tchekan is the Senior Enlisted Leader for the United States Air Forces in Europe Band, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He is responsible for the personnel, resources, training, readiness, and management of the 45-member squadron in support of USAFE-AFAFRICA initiatives, including building and preserving partnerships through official multi-national military and international community outreach events.
Chief Tchekan began his career playing trombone in the Air Force Band of the Golden West, Travis Air Force Base, California. After a tour with the Air Force Band of the Pacific in Japan, he took the opportunity to develop and apply his foreign language skills to the Air Force mission, beginning an impactful series of assignments with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). In this role, he has served in various locations supporting NATO partners to enhance inter-military cooperation, improve multilateral relationships, and mitigate threats from near-peer nations and non-state actors. He has also managed the Russian Analysis Division supporting the Combined Air Operation Center deconfliction hotline between the U.S. and Russia, and facilitated communications between the U.S. and Russia during the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas (INCSEA) discussion with the Russian Federation and Sochi Olympic Games. Additionally, he helped uphold the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE), the Vienna Document Agreement (VD11), Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), and Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. Finally, Chief Tchekan was part of a delegation that searched for remains of missing World War II pilots in Ukraine and Germany.
Chief Tchekan has deployed several times to the Defense Attaché Office U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and Moscow, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s mission in Moldova, and supported Syrian chemical weapons disposal Operations, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, and Operation INHERENT RESOLVE and RESOLUTE SUPPORT.
1991 Bachelor of Arts in Music, Moscow Gnesin Academy
1997 Artist’s Diploma, Hartford University
2003 Master of Arts in Music Education, San Francisco State University
2004 Airman Leadership School, Travis AFB, Cal.
2008 DTRA interpreter course, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, Cal.
2012 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Kapaun, Germany
2013 Joint Senior Noncommissioned Officer Course, by correspondence
2013 Associate of Arts in Intelligence Analysis, Community College of the Air Force
2014 Advance Certificate, Consequence Military Advisory Team, DTRA-HQ, by correspondence
2015 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Gunter Annex, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2019 Chief Leadership Course, Gunter Annex, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2020 Joint Military Attaché School, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Army Achievement Medal
2005 PACAF Band Airman Outstanding Professional of the Year
2008 Defense Language Institute, Distinguished Graduate
2012 DTRA NCO of the Year, Lance P. Sijan Award, DTRA Agency level
2013 DTRA SNCO Outstanding Professional of the Year, DTRA Agency level
2014 Office of the Secretary of Defense, SNCO Outstanding Professional of the Year, Nominee 2016 Operational Team Service Medal, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
2022 Meritorious Honor Award, Department of State
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant, November 1, 2018
(Current as of July 2022)
March 1999 – April 1999, Basic Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
May 1999 – August 2004, Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA
- August 2004 – October 2007, Band of the Pacific, Yokota AB, Japan
- October 2007 – December 2008, Defense Language Institute, Monterey CA
- December 2008 – July 2011, Linguist, Inspector CFE/VD11, DTRA-E, Darmstadt GE
- July 2011 – March 2015, Superintendent, Theater Support Branch, Kleber Kaserne GE
- April 2015 – January 2017, Superintendent, USAFE Band Ramstein AB, GE
- January 2017 – October 2018, Language program manager DTRA-E, Kleber Kaserne, GE
- October 2018 – May 2020, Superintendent, USAFE Band Ramstein AB, GE
- May 2020 – Jul 2022, Operations Coordinator, Defense Attaché Office US Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan
- Jul 2022 – present, USAFE Band Ramstein AB, GE