A promotion ceremony was held on Sept. 28 in honor of Andrews native Chief Master Sgt. Andriea Leggette-Cook.
Chief Cook is the Chief Host Aviation Resource Manager for the 305th Operations Support Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Air Force Base in New Jersey. She is responsible for the morale, welfare and professional development of 47 civilian, active duty/reserve/aviation resource managers supporting 1,300 aircrew/parachutist members. She oversees a $4.5M flight/jump pay program and serves as Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst AFB focal point for policy interpretation related to the aviation/parachutist management of the joint base’s Air Force aircrew and parachutist force to include 14 AMC, ACC, and AFRC commanders.
Chief Master Sergeant is the highest senior non-commissioned officer rank. The Chief Master Sergeant rank is limited to 1 percent of the enlisted force. Currently there are a total of 2,645 Chief’s in the U.S. Air Force; 428 are female (16.2 percent) and only 4 percent of that number are African-American.
Chief Cook enlisted in the Air Force in March of 1995 as an Aviation Resource Manager Specialist and graduated from Keesler Air Force Base in June 1995. Her background includes various duties in aviation resource management at the unit, group and wing level. Throughout her career, she has filled a myriad of leadership roles ranging from Squadron Superintendent, Wing Staff Senior Enlisted Leader, Superintendent of Squadron Aviation Resource Management, Superintendent of Host Aviation Resource Management, Command Chief Executive Assistant, Protocol NCOIC, Flight Chief of Squadron Aviation Resource Management and Aircrew Training and NCOIC of Current Operations and Flight Scheduling. Prior to her current position, Sgt. Cook served as the 100th Operations Support Squadron, Squadron Superintendent and Wing Aviation Resource Manager’s Functional Manager.
Chief Cook is married to Kevin Cook of Kershaw and they have one daughter, Zharia. Cook is the daughter of Iva Nell Leggette of Andrews. She is a 1994 graduate of Andrews High School.