Frederick “Jim” Finch, retired from active duty in 2002 after serving more than 28 years. His final assignment began in 1999 as the 13th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force--the highest enlisted level of leadership. As such, he provided direction for nearly 450,000 members of the Air Force enlisted corps and represented their interests, as appropriate, to the American public and to those in all levels of government. He also served as the principal advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force Chief of Staff regarding the welfare, readiness, proper utilization, and training of the enlisted force, and routinely testified before the Armed Services committees in both the House and Senate, along with his sister-service counterparts from the other four military services.
Jim hails from East Hampton, New York. His military background was in missile maintenance and professional military education. He served in operational, maintenance, and support units at every level of command and held key leadership positions throughout the final third of his active duty career. In 2000, he affectionately became known as the "voice" of the Air Force when he narrated nationally televised Air Force recruiting commercials. He is a distinguished graduate of both the Tactical Air Command Noncommissioned Officer Academy and Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, and he holds Associate of Applied Science Degrees in both electronic systems technology and instructor of technology. His military awards include both the Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.
After transitioning from active duty, Jim served as a Housing Privatization Study Project Manager for Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group Inc. He was the team leader for a study comparing various housing options within the Department of Defense. He also remained heavily involved with non-profit organizations performing duties as National Director for the Air Force Association, and as a member of the board of directors for both the Airmen Memorial Foundation and Air Force Enlisted Village (enlisted widows home). He also served on the Defense Commissary Agency Patron Council and Army & Air Force Exchange Service Retiree Council.
Currently, Jim is both President of Jim Finch Inc. and a managing director of Pinnacle Five, LLC--a consulting company focused on providing advisory services to companies and organizations typically associated with Veteran issues and/or the Department of Defense. Recent consulting areas have included information technology, revolutionary textiles, training and simulation, military planning, education, and professional development. He is a national spokesperson for Veterans United Home Loans and their foundation as well as an advisor to both the American Security Council Foundation and the National Veterans Museum. He continues to travel worldwide as a motivational speaker and mentor for the US Air Force.