Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Stuart M. Allison is the Defense Commissary Agency’s new senior enlisted adviser to the director. He reported to the agency July 1. Allison follows Army Command Sgt. Maj. John M. Gaines Jr., who retires Aug. 31.
In Allison’s previous assignment at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., he served as superintendent of the 509th Mission Support Group.
At DeCA, he will be the agency’s military advocate for enlisted service members – active duty, retired and reserve components – on all commissary benefit issues. He will address their questions and needs to the DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. The senior enlisted adviser is also the agency’s chief liaison to the military’s senior enlisted leaders.
“Chief Allison will help us stay connected to our enlisted patrons and their families,” Jeu said. “His vast experience gives him a unique understanding of the issues that affect our military community, and he will play a key role to help ensure we are delivering the best benefit possible.”
A lot of Allison’s time from 2006 to 2014 has been spent in and out of deployments. In 2006, he served four months in Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq, as a supply superintendent for the 506th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
From November 2009 to September 2010, Allison was a senior enlisted adviser for the Afghan National Army, Logistics Command, in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Enduring Freedom. For three months in 2012, he served as a squadron superintendent for the 376th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, and from July 2013 to January 2014, he served as a superintendent with the 407th Expeditionary Group in Jordan.
“I am proud to join the outstanding DeCA team,” Allison said. “I’m laser-focused on ensuring that every military member understands that DeCA delivers a vital benefit that enhances quality of life and readiness.”
He joined the Air Force in 1992 as an inventory management specialist. Besides his deployments, his career has taken him to Griffiss Air Force Base, N.Y.; Andersen Air Force Base, Guam; Fort Hood, Texas; Kimhae Air Base, South Korea; Sembach Air Base, Germany; Gunter Air Force Base, Ala.; Robins Air Force Base, Ga.; and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and McConnell Air Force Base, Kan.
Allison holds a Master of Business Administration degree in military operations from Trident University, Cypress, Calif., and a Bachelor of Science in logistics management from Bellevue University, Bellevue, Neb.
To see Allison’s complete biography, go to http://www.commissaries.com/press_room/documents/organization/allison_bio.pdf.