Chief Master Sgt. Mark Legvold, is the Command Chief of the 133rd Airlift Wing, St. Paul, Minn. As the Wing Command Chief, he is responsible for advising the Wing Commander on all aspects of the enlisted force regarding health, morale, readiness, and professional development.
Chief Legvold began his U.S. Air Force career in October of 1990, as an active duty firefighter. His tours brought him to Altus Air Force Base, Okla., and Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. In 1995, he separated from active duty and enlisted in the 133rd Airlift Wing, where he filled the positions of Driver/Operator, Crew Chief, and Station Captain of the 133rd Civil Engineer Squadron, Fire and Emergency Services department. In 2005, he transitioned into squadron leadership as 133rd Civil Engineer Squadron’s First Sergeant. In March of 2007, he accepted the full-time position as the 133rd Civil Engineer Squadron, Fire Chief and continued to serve concurrently as 133rd Civil Engineer Squadron’s First Sergeant until 2010. Throughout his tour as Fire Chief, he supervised the growth and development of all firefighters, reinvigorated the funding, training and acquisition process, maintained fire safety compliance for all 133rd Airlift Wing facilities, represented the wing and Department of Military Affairs in the State Emergency Operations Center, and worked to develop domestic response preparedness with state headquarters personnel, and 133rd Airlift Wing and 148th Fighter Wing leadership. The 133rd Civil Engineer Squadron, Fire and Emergency Services department was recognized as the Air National Guard’s Small Fire Department of Year in 2012. In September of 2013, he supervised the closing of the fire department, transitioning members to either new ANG fire departments or to new occupations within the wing. In 2015, he transitioned from Fire Chief to a Security Forces specialist by joining the 133rd Security Forces Squadron.
A passionate developer of people, Chief Legvold loves to mentor, train and teach. He is currently the Minnesota Air National Guard’s only certified mentor trainer and has provided two day mentorship courses at both the 133rd Airlift Wing and 148th Fighter Wing for more than 200 Non-Commission Officers, Senior Non-Commission Officers and junior officers. He is also a certified 4-lens facilitator and has delivered organizational and leadership growth seminars to numerous groups both on and off base. He also enjoys farming over 760 acres with his father on the family farm in Northfield, Minn. Prior to assuming his Active Guard Reserve position in 2010, Chief Legvold worked in both classroom instruction and administrative capacities for the St. Paul, Minn., Public Schools.
1989 Diploma, Northfield High School, Minn.
1991 Firefighter Course, Chanute AFB, Ill.
1992 Fire Protection Journeyman Course, by correspondence
1997 Bachelor of Arts, Political Science/Elementary Education, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn.
1998 Non-commissioned Officer Preparatory Course, by correspondence
2000 Fire Protection Craftsman Course, by correspondence
2001 Master’s Degree, Educational Leadership/Administration, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minn.
2004 Minnesota K-12 Principal License, University of Minnesota , St. Paul, Minn.
2004 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, by correspondence
2005 Deployed Command Chief/1Sgt’s Course, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
2005 First Sergeant Academy, Maxwell AFB, Ala
2006 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, by correspondence
2015 Security Forces Apprentice Course, Lackland AFB, Texas
2015 Associates Degree in Fire Science, Community College of the Air Force
2015 Security Forces Journeyman, by correspondence
2016 Security Forces Craftsman, by correspondence
2016 Professional Manager’s Certification, Community College of the Air Force
2017 Associates Degree, Criminal Justice, Community College of the Air Force
1. February 1991 – November 1993, Fire Protection Specialist, 97th Civil Engineer Squadron, Altus Air Force Base, Okla.
2. November 1993 – September 1995, Fire Protection Specialist, 3rd Civil Engineer Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
3. October 1995 – February 2005, Fire Protection Specialist, 133rd Civil Engineer Squadron, St. Paul, Minn.
4. February 2005 - February 2010, First Sergeant, 133rd Civil Engineer Squadron, St. Paul, Minn.
5. March 2007 – January 2015, Base Fire Chief, 133rd Civil Engineer Squadron, St. Paul, Minn.
6. January 2015 – May 2016, Flight Chief, 133rd Security Forces Squadron, St. Paul, Minn.
7. May 2016 – February 2020, Security Forces Manager, 133rd Security Forces Squadron, St. Paul, Minn.
8. February 2020 – Present, Command Chief, 133rd Airlift Wing, St. Paul, Minn.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal, with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal, with two oak leaf clusters
2007 - 2008 First Sgt. Council Chair
2009 133rd Airlift Wing’s Outstanding First Sgt. of the Year
2014 133rd Civil Engineer Squadron’s Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
2002 133rd Civil Engineer Squadron, Fire and Emergency Services, Firefighter of the Year
2013 133rd Civil Engineer Squadron, Fire and Emergency Services, Firefighter of the Year
2012 - 2015 133rd Airlift Wing’s Culture Council Chair
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Senior Airman, April 25, 1993
Staff Sergeant, Feb. 1, 1999
Technical Sergeant, April 1, 2002
Master Sergeant, Feb. 1, 2005
Senior Master Sergeant, June 9, 2016
Chief Master Sergeant, June 10, 2018
(Current as of February 2020)