Patrick R. VanVranken was recently promoted to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force.
VanVranken is the munitions materiel section chief for the 8th Maintenance Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. He is responsible for the management and accountability of 7.5 million munitions items valued at $1.2 billion, directly supporting the wing's 44 F-16 aircraft and 8,500 flying hour program. He leads 53 Airmen and three Korean civilians within three sections for execution of Pacific Air Forces' munitions movement plans, redistribution orders and theater wartime strategy operations. He oversees 99 maintenance and storage facilities valued at $54 million, housing 8.8 million pounds of net explosive weight within a 161 acre munitions storage area complex. He is the munitions focal point for visiting United States Air Force, foreign military and sister service units participating in wing exercises and contingency operations.
VanVranken was raised in Pennington, New Jersey, and entered the Air Force in October 1989 as an apprentice munitions systems journeyman. During his career, he has held various leadership roles within the munitions management career field at section level through squadron level. His assignments include bases in the United Kingdom, Idaho, Germany, Utah, Italy and Louisiana. Additionally, VanVranken has deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He assumed his current position in May 2013 and previously served as the munitions production flight chief at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
He is the son of Gail and Jim VanVranken of Wheeling.