Chief Master Sergeant Karen F. Beirne-Flint is the 16th Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) headquartered at Quantico Marine Ground Installation, Virginia. AFOSI is a federal law enforcement agency with responsibility for conducting criminal investigations, counterintelligence and specialized investigative activities, protective service operations and integrated force protection for the Air Force. AFOSI is also a combat-ready military criminal investigative organization that provides the Air Force a wartime capability with counterintelligence support to force protection to find, fix, track and neutralize enemy threats in hostile and uncertain environments. She serves as the senior advisor to the commander on matters concerning force utilization, readiness, training, career progression and quality of life for over 2,000 enlisted, officer and civilian Airmen assigned to major Air Force installations and a variety of operating locations worldwide.
CMSgt Beirne-Flint was born and raised in Bloomingdale, New Jersey. She graduated from Butler High School in 1988 and entered the Air Force in February 1993. She completed technical training as an information management specialist at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., in May 1993. Her background includes various duties in information management and information technology at the unit level. She also had an opportunity to educate the Air Force’s newest supervisors as an Airman Leadership School instructor. Her assignments include bases in North Dakota, Alaska, Maryland, Texas and Colorado. She also served overseas in Turkey and Qatar.
Prior to assuming her current position, she was dual-hatted as the Superintendent, AFOSI 7th Field Investigations Region, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland and the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Investigations Operations Collections Nexus, Quantico, Va.
1998 Airman Leadership School, Grand Forks AFB, N.D.
2000 Associate Degree, Information Management, Community College of the Air Force
2000 Bachelor of Science Degree, Psychology, University of Maryland
2001 Academic Instructor School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2001 Enlisted Professional Military Education Instructor Follow-on Course, Gunter Annex, Ala.
2002 Associate Degree, Instructor of Military Science and Technology, Community College of the Air Force
2003 Master of Science Degree, Business Organizational Management, University of LaVerne
2003 Occupational Instructor Certification, Community College of the Air Force
2004 Criminal Investigations Training Program, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Brunswick, Ga.
2005 Associate Degree, Police Science, Community College of the Air Force
2005 Noncommissioned Officers Academy, Robins AFB, Ga.
2010 Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, U.S Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2010 Senior Enlisted Joint Military Professional Enlisted Education Course, Joint Forces Staff College
2012 Professional Manager Certification, Community College of the Air Force
2016 Senior Enlisted Joint Military Professional Enlisted Education Course II, Joint Forces Staff College
2016 AF Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.
2016 Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course, Randolph AFB, Texas
2016 Senior Enlisted Legal Orientation Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2017 China and East Asia Seminar, Alan L. Freed Associates, Capitol Hill Club, Washington, District of Columbia
May 1993 – January 1996, Information Management Specialist, 319th Civil Engineer Squadron, Grand Forks AFB, N.D.
January 1996 – February 1998, Quality Advisor, 319th Civil Engineer Squadron, Grand Forks AFB, N.D.
April 1998 – June 2000, Information Systems Manager, Izmir Support Point/NATO, Izmir, Turkey
July 2000 – March 2001, NCOIC, Commander’s Support Staff, 354th Logistics Support Squadron, Eielson AFB, Alaska
April 2001 – June 2004, Flight Instructor, Airman Leadership School, Eielson AFB, Alaska
July 2004 – October 2005, Special Agent, AFOSI Detachment 331, Andrews AFB, Md.
November 2005 – March 2007, NCOIC, Protective Services Division, 33rd Field Investigation Squadron, Andrews AFB, Md.
April 2007 – April 2008, Special Agent, 24th Expeditionary Field Investigation Squadron, Al Udeid AB, Qatar
May 2008 – July 2011, Superintendent, Major Crimes Division, 7th Field Investigation Squadron, Andrews AFB, Md.
August 2011 – July 2012, Superintendent, 3rd Field Investigations Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
August 2012 – May 2014, Superintendent, 11th Field Investigations Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas
June 2014 – June 2017 – Superintendent, 8th Field Investigations Region, Peterson AFB, Colo.
July 2017 – December 2017 – Superintendent, 7th Field Investigations Region/Investigations Collections Operations Nexus, Quantico, Va.
January 2018 – Present – Command Chief, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Quantico, Va.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with five devices
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Achievement Medal with one device
Air Force Achievement Medal with one device
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four devices
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Air Force Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon with three devices
1998 John L. Levitow Award, Airman Leadership School
1998 Allied Command Europe’s Airman of the Year
1999 Allied Command Europe’s NCO of the Year
2003 Pacific Air Forces Command Instructor of the Year
2005 John L. Levitow Award, Noncommissioned Officers Academy
2006 AFOSI Region 3 NCO of the Year
2008 AFOSI Region 3 SNCO of the Year
2009 AFOSI Region 3 SNCO of the Year
2010 Distinguished Graduate, Navy Senior Enlisted Academy
2011 AFOSI Region 7 SNCO of the Year
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant, 1 December 2013
(Current as of January 2018)