Zoldi promoted to chief master sergeant

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  • By Tim Jones
  • Eastern Air Defense Sector

The 224th Air Defense Group promoted its senior enlisted leader to chief master sergeant, the Air National Guard’s highest enlisted rank, on March 2 during a short ceremony at Griffiss Institute.

Chief Master Sgt. Robert S. Zoldi was promoted by Col. Joseph F. Roos, the 224th ADG Commander, who served as the presiding officer at the ceremony. Chief Zoldi has served as the ADG’s Senior Enlisted Leader since October 2021.

As 224th ADG Senior Enlisted Leader, Chief Zoldi provides general supervision to the command’s enlisted force and is the principal advisor to the ADG Commander on all matters concerning the health, morale, welfare, quality of life, recognition, professional development, training, and military readiness of the organization’s enlisted personnel. 

Chief Zoldi has served in the Air National Guard since 1999 and at EADS since 2003. Prior to his current position, he supported more than 400 personnel as the 224th ADG Personnel Superintendent, where he was responsible for the unit’s personnel, medical and training offices.

Chief Zoldi’s major awards include multiple Meritorious Service Medals, Air Force Commendation Medals and the Air Force Achievement Medal. He has also received four New York Air National Guard Long and Faithful Service awards and six New York Air National Guard Physical Fitness awards.

The 224th Air Defense Group is composed of the 224th Air Defense Squadron and the 224th Support Squadron, located in Rome, and Detachment 1 and Detachment 2 that serve in the Washington, D.C. area. The 224th ADG provides the forces to conduct the Eastern Air Defense Sector’s (EADS) mission. Part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the Sector is responsible for the air defense of the eastern U.S.

Air National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability and development potential. These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Airmen and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Air National Guard.

For more information about the New York Air National Guard, visit www.dmna.ny.gov. For more information on the Eastern Air Defense Sector and the 224th ADG, visit www.eads.ang.af.mil.