Anthony Brinkley – Civilian Bio

Anthony Brinkley is a recognized leadership expert, motivational speaker and a change agent.  He is the CEO of On the Brink Consulting, a leadership development firm providing expert training, motivational speaking, and team building to military, government, private organizations, as well as not for profit entities.  Prior to starting his firm, he was the former Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 11th Wing of Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. He served as the principal advisor to the commander on all enlisted issues and was responsible for all personnel, logistic and workforce development matters.


With over 28 years of military experience and over half of those years in leadership roles, Anthony Brinkley is sought after by organizations to lead them through “change that guarantees the right results.” His leadership expertise spans all levels of organizational development to include: facilities infrastructure, human resource development, logistical analysis, enterprise deployment, national security strategies, IT program management, budget management, air lift training/security of staff and radar site development for missile deployment. He holds several critical certifications, to include Myers Briggs and Six Sigma.


During his military career, Anthony Brinkley obtained Chief Master Sergeant distinction, a leadership position achieved by only 1% of the enlisted Air Force. He has provided oversight for $3B worth of aviation assets. He has managed over 130,000 people in over 13 bases across the world, to include Korea, Turkey and the Philippines.


Some of his awards include the following:

  • Selected to educate 300 newly selected Air Force Chiefs as mentor at Chiefs Leadership Course
  • 2003 Bay Area Brotherhood Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award, Tampa Fl
  • 1999 22nd Airlift Wing First Sergeant of the Year
  • 1998 President of the McConnell Air Force Base First Sergeant Council
  • 1993 9th Space Warning Squadron Senior NCO of the Year

Certifications, Courses & Training

  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) Step I/II Certification
  • Emotional Quotient Indicator (EQ-i) 2.0 and Klein Group Instrument (KGI) Certifications
  • Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation (FIRO-B) & Element B Certification
  • Leadership Strategies Institute Effective Facilitator Certification
  • Resiliency Science Institute Resilient Leadership Instructor Certification
  • Center for Executive Coaching & Institute for Business Growth Certifications
  • Master Certified Leadership & Executive Coach Trainer (MCCT)
  • Center for Career Coaching & Center for Sales Training Certifications
  • Body Language Institute New Body Language Master & Advanced Certifications
  • Generations, Bridging the Gap with Type & Using Type in Coaching Courses
  • USAF Basic Instructor Course (BIC) & USAF Protocol Officer Course
  • Center for Creative Leadership Senior Leader Course (CCL)
  • Gettysburg Leadership Experience Senior Leader Course (GLE)
  • Movers and Shakespeare’s Senior Leader Course & Lean Six Sigma Executive Course

He also has the distinct honor of providing military support for President Barack H. Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and former Secretary of State, Condelezza Rice. He is the author of his autobiography, You Can’t Run Away From You:  A Young Man’s Journey to Himself.