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CMSgt Norman Marous United States Air Force
Born 1943 (age 77–78)
Place of birth Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Allegiance United States
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1962–2003
Rank Chief Master Sergeant
Awards Meritorious Service Medal(2)
Air Force Commendation Medal(2)
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal(2)
Army Achievement Medal

Norman Marous at the time of his retirement, was the oldest, longest serving noncommissioned officer in the United States Air Force, with 41 and 1/2 years of service. He is the only person authorized to wear two longevity ribbons, due to the space required for the number of multiple award devices authorized.[1]

Military biography[]

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Allegheny Senior High School in 1962 and immediately enlisted in the Air Force. After Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, he attended Aircraft Instrument Training at Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois and was assigned to the 2855th Air Base Wing (AF Logistics Command), Olmsted Air Force Base, PA. After initial release from active duty in 1967, he was assigned to the Continental Air Command, Air Force Reserve, Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado; before transferring to Air National Guard duty with the 112th Fighter Interceptor Group (Air Defense Command), as an Avionics Technician and Weapons Loading Team Member for air-to-air missiles and rockets.

After 14 years in aircraft maintenance he was assigned as Maintenance Training Manager, 112th Tactical Fighter Group (Tactical Air Command), and subsequently as Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Base Education and Training, Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station. His numerous additional duties have included, Acting First Sergeant; Unit Security Manager, Mobility Manager, Disaster Preparedness Manager, Honor Guard Member and Adjunct Instructor at the Air Force Honor Guard School, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC. His Professional Military Education includes the USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL and the Noncommissioned Officer Academy at McGhee Tyson Air Base, Tennessee.

Concurrent with his ‘Traditional’ Reserve and Guard service he attended the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Political Science, while pursuing a private sector business career in management positions of increasing responsibility at Mellon National Bank, BankAmerica, Automatic Data Processing Inc., the Schneider Group of Companies and General Nutrition Corporation. Those positions included Compensation Accounting Manager, National Account Systems Consultant and Client Relations Manager. For three years he hosted the show, “American Business World", on the Radio Information Service (RIS). He has also accumulated many recording credits as a narrator and authored numerous articles and columns.

In 1989 the Chief returned to active duty at the Pentagon, as Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of the Plans Branch, Counterdrug Division, Joint Staff (NGB). Remaining in the joint counterdrug mission arena, he served as Operations Officer, Data Manager, Liaison Officer, Regional Coordinator, Executive to the Counterdrug Board and Liaison to the USAF Auxiliary CAP Headquarters at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. After serving at the National Interagency Civil-Military Institute, as Counter-drug Liaison Officer, instructor, Assistant Public Affairs Officer and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Director, he assumed the position of Western Regional Counterdrug Training Team Chief, at the Army’s Camp San Luis Obispo, CA. His career spans more than four decades of continuous unbroken military service.

Chief Marous currently serves on the Vandenberg Air Force Base Ceremonial Honor Guard, on the Board of the Air Force Historical Foundation, as Vice President of the Goddard Chapter of the Air Force Association, as Air Force Sergeants Association Division 13 First Trustee and as Director of the Joint Retired Member Center, serving all military components. He has been a State Vice President for Military Affairs and an Executive Board Member of the Air Force Association, as well as a chapter president. He served as a member, president and vice president of several Base Chapel Parish Councils (most recently at Vandenberg AFB); the AFA-T.W.Anthony Chapter Advisor & Air Force Liaison and as Public Affairs Officer for Andrews Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol. Other volunteer activities have included leadership roles with Special Olympics, the Combined Federal Campaign, Air Force Aid Society and others. An Ordained Presbyterian Deacon, he has also been a Church Treasurer and Youth Programs Director.

The Chief's major Awards & Decorations include: 2003 USAF Person of the Year (CA), Citizen of Distinction in Community Service (MD), Distinguished Pennsylvanian of the Year, Outstanding Guardsman of the year, Pennsylvania Outstanding Airman of the Year, 112th Tactical Fighter Group Outstanding Noncommissioned Officer and Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Air Force Association National Medal of Merit and the AFA Goddard Chapter Meritorious Service Award and Presidential Service Award, as well as three Exceptional Service Awards. He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal and 56 other Federal & State Awards.

Chief Marous is a Charter Sustaining Life Member of the Aerospace Education Foundation. He holds life memberships in the AF Historical Foundation, Air Force Association, AF Sergeants Association, Noncommissioned Officer Association, Noncommissioned Officer Academy Graduates Association, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans of America, NGB Alumni Association and Enlisted Association; as well as membership in three Chief's Groups and other service organizations.

He is married to the former Geraldine Gouza, a retired school teacher. They have three children: Laura, a University of Pittsburgh graduate is a teacher and spouse to James, Air Force Master Sergeant and Iraq War Veteran now stationed at McGuire AFB, New Jersey. David, a Valley Forge Military Academy and Penn State University graduate is a Captain, who after serving in Iraq now Commands Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 22nd Field Artillery, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Elizabeth, a Widner University graduate is a Nurse and Captain, now stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia, who also served a year in Iraq. They have six grandchildren, Joshua, Madeline, Ella Ann, David, Christian and Grace (ages 1–5 years).


  1. The Long and Winding Road, Airman Magazine, July 2003, by Scott Wagers Indelible impressions, Airman's Notebook, July, 2003

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