Senior Master Sergeant JULIUS MCCRAY III

Senior Master Sgt. Julius McCray III is the senior enlisted leader of Wing Staff Agencies at 42nd Air Base Wing, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  He is the principal advisor to the commander providing leadership, management, and guidance in organizing, equipping, training, and mobilizing the enlisted force to meet home station and expeditionary mission requirements.  He is the senior advisor for 115 airmen and civilian personnel across 35 Air Force specialty codes.

Senior Master Sgt. McCray entered the Air Force in October 2003 as a comptroller and financial management apprentice. His assignments include various stateside and overseas locations and a special duty.  During his 20-year career, he has supported Operations Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve.  Prior to this assignment, Senior Master Sgt. McCray was the flight chief, Financial Operations Flight, 355th Comptroller Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ.

2009 Airman Leadership School, Offutt Air Force Base, NE
2013 Associate in Applied Science, Financial Management, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2017 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2020 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course, by correspondence
2022 Professional Financial Management and Comptroller School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.


1. October 2003 - December 2003, Trainee, 331st Basic Military Training Squadron, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
2. December 2003 - March 2004, Student, 335th Training Squadron, Keesler AFB, Miss.
3. April 2004 - July 2005, Customer Support Technician, 7th Comptroller Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
4. July 2005 - August 2008, Customer Service Technician, 3rd Comptroller Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, AK
5. August 2008 - September 2012, Financial Services Supervisor, 55th Comptroller Squadron, Offutt AFB, NE
(Deployed January 2009 – April 2009, 379th Expeditionary Comptroller Squadron, Al Udied, Air Base, Qatar)
6. December 2012 - December 2016, Noncommissioned officer in charge, Customer Support, 374 Comptroller Squadron, Yokota AB, Japan
(Deployed January 2016 – July 2016, Combined Air Operations Center, Al Udied AB, Qatar)
7. January 2017 - October 2020, Flight Chief, Basic Expeditionary Airmen Skills Training, Joint Base Lackland, Texas
8. October 2020 - October 2023, Flight Chief Financial Operations, 355th Comptroller Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
9. October 2023 – present, Senior Enlisted Leader Wing Staff Agencies, 42nd Air Base Wing, Maxwell AFB, Ala.


Meritorious Service Medal
Air Education and Training Command Master Instructor Badge
Air and Space Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air and Space Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal


2003 Academic Excellence, Financial Management Apprentice Course
2017 737th Training Support Squadron Excellence in Instruction Award
2021 355th Comptroller Squadron SNCO of the Year


Airman Basic Oct. 22, 2003
Airman April 22, 2004
Airman First Class Feb. 22, 2005
Senior Airman Oct. 22, 2006
Staff Sergeant March 3, 2010
Technical Sergeant Jan. 1, 2016
Master Sergeant March 1, 2019
Senior Master Sergeant Oct. 1, 2023

(Current as of November 2023)