Chief Master Sgt. Tamara Phillips is the State Command Chief Master Sgt. for the Ohio National Guard and works directly for the Ohio Adjutant General. The Ohio National Guard consists of over 17,000 Soldiers and Airmen. The Ohio Air National Guard consists of approximately 5,000 Airmen, including three flying wings, 1 Intelligence and surveillance wing and eight support units that serve our communities, state and nation for homeland defense and federal mission. Chief Master Sergeant Tamara R. Phillips is the senior enlisted member of the Ohio Air National Guard and is an advisor to the Adjutant General and all members of the Ohio Air National Guard on enlisted issues. Chief Phillips most recently served as the Superintendent of the 178th Force Support Squadron, 178th Fighter Wing, Springfield Air National Guard Base, Ohio.
As the Squadron Superintendent, she was responsible for four flights dealing in a wide range of products and services. She was responsible for mentorship and professional development of all assigned enlisted members. She was also an advisor to Commanders, Recruiting, Retention, Family Programs, the Human Resource Advisor, First Sergeants, Chief and Airman/NCO Councils. Chief Phillips enlisted in the 168th Air Refueling Wing, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska in March 1987 as an Administrative Specialist. She transferred to the 445th Airlift Wing, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio for 18 months and then enlisted in the Ohio Air National Guard, Springfield Ohio. She was offered and accepted a full-time technician position in the 162nd Fighter Squadron orderly room and shortly thereafter moved into the Wing Commander's executive administrative position. She also served as the Wing Staff and Operations Group First Sergeant. In 2002, she was selected as the 178th Mission Support Flight Superintendent, and later served the men and women of the 178th Services Flight as well when the two units merged to form the new Force Support Squadron.