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Master Sergeant Joshua Holdridge

MSgt Joshua Holdridge serves as bassist and Section Chief of Resources for the Band of the Pacific at Yokota Air Base, Japan.  He performs in the Jazz ensemble, “Pacific Showcase” and the Rock/Pop group, “Final Approach”.  When not performing music, MSgt Holdridge overseas the unit’s finances shop and leads a team of 10 personnel encompassing acquisitions, travel authorizations, LAN support and more. 
 
Originally hailing from Los Angeles, MSgt Holdridge is pursuing a Computer Networks and Cybersecurity Degree from the University of Maryland University College.  Prior to joining the Air Force, he was a freelance musician in the San Francisco Bay Area and performed with the late Ted Curson, a Charles Mingus alumni, at the 1997 Pori Jazz Festival in Finland.  Additionly, he was the house bassist at the Silverado Country Club in Napa, CA before joining the Air Force in 2001.
 
EDUCATION
1999 Associate of Arts, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA
2001 Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
2006 Airman Leadership School, Academic Excellence & Distinguished Graduate Awards, Yokota AB Japan
2009 CompTIA A+ Certification
2010 Japanese Level III Proficiency (JLPT)
2014 CompTIA Network+ Certification
2015 NCO Academy, McGhee-Tyson Air National Guard Base, Knoxville, TN
2018 Cisco Certified Network Associate – Routing/Switching
 
ASSIGNMENTS 
1. Dec 2001 – Sep 2005, USAF Band of the Golden West, Travis Air Force Base, CA      
2. Sep 2005 – August 2010, USAF Band of the Pacific-Asia, Yokota Air Base, Japan
3. Oct 2010 – Apr 2011, 561st Air National Guard Band, Moffett Federal Air Field, San Jose, CA
4. Apr 2011 – Sep 2013, USAF Band of Liberty, Hanscom AFB, MA
5. Sep 2013 – Aug 2018, USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL (Apr 2017 – Aug 2017, Deployed to Al Udeid, AB, Qatar)
6. Aug 2018 – Present, USAF Band of the Pacific, Yokota AB, Japan
 
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
AF Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
AF Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Unit Award
AF Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster
AF Organizational Excellence ribbon with two oak leaf cluster
AF Good Conduct Medal with six oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Medal
AF Longevity Service Ribbon with three oak leaf clusters
USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
AF Training Ribbon
 
OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
2006 Distinguished Graduate, Airman Leadership School
2006 Academic Excellence, Airman Leadership School
2017 NCO of the Year, USAF Band of Mid-America
2017 Colonel Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award
 
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class, October 9, 2001
Senior Airman, February 9, 2004
Staff Sergeant, March 1, 2006
Technical Sergeant, November 1, 2012
Master Sergeant, October 1, 2018
 
(CURRENT AS OF 2021)