Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Andres A. Huxtable of Pittsfield was promoted to his current rank during a ceremony on May 4 at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield.

The Air Force promotes only 1 percent of its enlisted force to the rank of chief master sergeant, the ninth and highest rank in the Air Force.

Huxtable is the Force Support Squadron Superintendent of the 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base. He is responsible for facilitating human resource programs and sustainment services programs influencing the health, morale and welfare of the men and women assigned to the 104th Fighter Wing.

Huxtable entered the active duty in 1991. His background includes squadron and base level personnel management as well as wing level strategic personnel planning.

He has participated in Operations Desert Storm, Desert Shield and Southern Watch as well as several state and domestic operations.

Following his service in active duty Air Force, he transferred to the Massachusetts Air National Guard in 1999.

Huxtable has earned many major awards and decorations including the Air Force Meritorious Service Medals, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Air Force Achievement Medal with Valor.

The son of the late Anne Sildoja, he graduated from Taconic High School in 1989. He and his wife Cheryl, whom he married May 22, 1993, have two daughters, Alexis and Juliana.