Technical Sergeant Brandon (BJ) Richard is a percussionist with the USAF Band of the West at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Sergeant Richard is originally from Coshocton, OH.
Before joining the Air Force, Sergeant Richard performed with the Hood River Sinfonietta, Columbus Men's Chorus, Golden Lancers Drum and Bugle Corp, and toured Europe with the Chamber Winds of Otterbein College. He attained teaching positions with multiple schools from Ohio, Kentucky, Oregon and Virginia.
Sergeant Richard's military highlights include performing for President Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington D.C. He has toured on multiple deployments to the Middle East as well as around the globe from Europe to Australia. He was the featured soloist for multiple tours with the concert band and percussion ensemble from the Heritage of America Band at Langley Air Force Base.
In addition to his Air Force duties, SSgt Richard enjoys mechanical engineering, hiking, grilling and spending time with his family.
2001 Bachelor of Music Education, Otterbein University
2010 ALS graduate
2012 CompTia A+ Certification
Teachers: Jay Fant, James Moore, Jack Jenny, Jim Rupp
1. October 2005 - July 2009, Regional Band Journeyman, Langley AFB, VA
2. July 2009 - July 2012, Regional Band Craftsman, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK
3. July 2012 - July 2016, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI
4. August 2016 - Present, JBSA-Lackland, TX
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with multiple qualifications
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION:
Technical Sergeant - 01 August 2018
Last updated 04 Nov 2019