Chief Master Sergeant Zachary T. Gronau is the Senior Enlisted Leader for the Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Special Operations Forces Directorate and Senior Enlisted Leader for the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. As such, he is responsible for personnel career movement, training, combat readiness, health, welfare, morale and deployment of 120 enlisted and 2,005 total personnel across 8 Geographically Separated Units.

Chief Gronau grew up in Clinton, Wisconsin and enteredthe Air Force in September of 2000 as a Satellite, Wideband and Telemetry Systems Specialist. He cross-trained to Airborne Mission Systems Specialist in 2007 and has a background as a crewmember on several different airframes. Prior to assuming his current duties, Chief Gronau served at Tyndall AFB, FL, Charleston AFB, SC, Tinker AFB, OK, Offutt AFB, NE and Shaw AFB, SC.


2003 Airman Leadership School, Tyndall AFB, Florida
2005 Associate Degree in Electronic Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force
2010 Associate Degree in Information Sys Management, Community College of the Air Force
2011 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
2013 Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Park University
2017 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell-Gunter Annex, Alabama
2020 Leadership Development Course for Squadron Command, DL
2021 Project Management Professional Certification, PMI Institute
2022 Chief’s Leadership Course, Maxwell-Gunter Annex, Alabama

1. September 2000 – November 2000, Trainee, Basic Military Training, 320th Training Squadron, Lackland AFB, Texas
2. November 2000 – April 2001, Student, Electronic Principles Course, 342nd Training Squadron, Lackland AFB, Texas
3. April 2001 – August 2001, Student, Satellite, Wideband and Telemetry Apprentice Course, 338thTraining Squadron, Ft. Gordon, Georgia
4. August 2001 – January 2004, Airborne Telemetry Technician, 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Florida
5. January 2004 – June 2007, C-17A Special Operations Communications Technician, 437th Operations Group, Charleston AFB, South Carolina
6.June 2007 – August 2009, E-3 Communication Systems Operator, 965th Airborne Air Control Squadron, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
7. August 2009 – May 2013, RC-135S Airborne Systems Engineer, 45th Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
8. May 2013 – November 2018, Airborne Mission System Operator, Data Masked
9. November 2018 – March 2022, 9th Air Force (Air Forces Central) International Enlisted Engagement Manager
10. March 2022 – Present, Senior Enlisted Leader, 645th Aerospace Systems Group, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH


Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with 6 oak leaf clusters
AF Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters
AF Achievement Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters
AF Good Conduct Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
NATO Medal


2003 Levitow Award, Airman Leadership School
2011 Distinguished Graduate, NCO Academy
2011 Academic Award, NCO Academy