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Mr. Raymond S. Landon, Musical Resources Specialist

 

Mr. Raymond S. Landon III, Musical Resources Specialist for the USAF Heritage of America Band, is a native of Decatur, Illinois. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Illinois State University, an Associate degree in Applied Science from the Community College of the Air Force, and recently earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the College of William and Mary.

Mr. Landon's career began as a band and choral director in Shelbyville, Illinois. He enlisted with the United States Air Force in 1984, and was assigned to the USAF Heritage of America Band, Langley AFB, VA, where he served in many roles to include instrumentalist, vocalist, audio engineer, superintendent, and band manager. He retired from active duty in 2006, transitioned to civilian pay grade and assumed duties as the band's Director of Operations. In August of 2012 he was re-assigned as the band's Musical Resources Specialist, overseeing the marketing, outreach and operational functions within the band.

During his Air Force career, Mr. Landon has been a part of over 2200 live performances encompassing all facets of the band's mission, including airman morale, community relations programs, and international partnership building events. He has had various musical and leadership roles in over fifty Air Force band recording projects, and was part of the first musical team deployed from the USAF Heritage of America Band to Southwest Asia in 2005.

PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION
2002 USAF Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy
1999 USAF Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Correspondence Course
1996 USAF Non-Commissioned Officer Academy
1990 USAF Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership School
1987 USAF Non-Commissioned Officer Preparatory Course

AWARDS
2013 Best Innovative Communication Award, USAF Public Affairs
2012 Best Integrated Communication Award, USAF Public Affairs
2008 Civilian Specialist of the Year, Air Combat Command Public Affairs
2004 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, USAF Heritage of America Band
2001 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, USAF Heritage of America Band
1999 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, Air Combat Command Public Affairs
1999 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, USAF Heritage of America Band
1996 Distinguished Graduate, USAF Non-Commissioned Officer Academy
1990 John L. Levitow Award, Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership School
1987 Distinguished Graduate, USAF Non-Commissioned Officer Preparatory Course

DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal, third oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, third oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, sixth oak leaf cluster
Air Force Good Conduct Medal, sixth oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award, fourth oak leaf cluster
USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon, third oak leaf cluster
Air Force Training Ribbon