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Senior Master Sergeant Michelle L. Kuntz, Band Superintendent

 

 

 

Senior Master Sergeant Michelle L. Kuntz is the Superintendent of the USAF Heritage of America Band, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

SMSgt Kuntz hails from Wheeling, West Virginia.  She graduated from Wheeling Park High School and earned both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Education and Masters in Oboe Performance from West Virginia University.  SMSgt Kuntz enlisted in the Air Force in 1996.  During her career she has performed for Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush and has shared the stage with The Miracles, Diamond Rio, Wynonna Judd and Phyllis Diller.

 

 

 

EDUCATION

1991 Bachelors Degree in Music Education, West Virginia University
1995 Masters Degree in Oboe Performance, West Virginia University
2000 Airman Leadership School, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio
2004 Noncommissioned Officers Academy, Tyndall AFB, Florida
2010 Associates Degree in Fine and Applied Arts-Music, Community College of the Air Force
2011 Senior Noncommissioned Officers Academy, Gunter Annex, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2011 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education
2015 USAF Enlisted Professional Manager's Certification, Community College of the Air Force
2016 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II

ASSIGNMENTS

January 1996 - February 1996, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
February 1996 - September 2008, Oboist, Air Force Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
September 2008 - May 2013, Oboist, Air Force Band of the West, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
May 2013 - November 2013, Director of Operations, Air Force Central Command Band, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar
November 2013 - July 2015, Regional Band Superintendent, Band of the West, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
July 2015 - July 2017, Band Manager, USAF Band of the Pacific-Asia, Yokota AB, Japan
August 2017 - Present, Superintendent, USAF Heritage of America Band, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with 3 oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

2000 Distinguished Graduate, Airman Leadership School, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2004 Distinguished Graduate, NCO Academy, Tyndall AFB, Florida
2009 Wing Staff Agency Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter, 37th Training Wing, Lackland AFB, Texas
2015 Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, USAF Band of the Pacific-Asia, Yokota AB, Japan
2017 PACAF Public Affairs Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Airman First Class 3 January 1996
Senior Airman 3 May 1998
Staff Sergeant 1 Mar 2001
Technical Sergeant 1 July 2004
Master Sergeant 1 July 2007
Senior Master Sergeant 1 May 2013