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SSgt Laura Brown

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Staff Sergeant Laura Brown serves as a trumpeter with the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.  Sergeant Brown graduated from Ottawa Township High School, IL in 2002 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Illinois State University. While at Illinois State University, Sergeant Brown studied trumpet with Dr. Amy Gilreath. She also performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, the Brass Band of Central Illinois, and the Sugar Creek Symphony and Song.

Sergeant Brown enlisted in the Air Force in 2009. Her first assignment was with the USAF Band of the West at Lackland AFB, TX where she performed with "Gateway Brass", "Dimensions in Blue", and the Concert Band.  Sergeant Brown was reassigned to the Band of Mid-America at Scott AFB, IL in 2013 and now performs with "Airlifter Brass" and the Concert Band.

Sergeant Brown's military decorations include the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

EDUCATION
2007 - Bachelor of Music Education, Illinois State University
2009 - Master of Music, Illinois State University
2009 - Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
2014 - CMSAF Bud Andrews Airman Leadership School, Scott AFB, Illinois

ASSIGNMENTS
November 2009 - January 2013, USAF Band of the West, Lackland AFB, Texas
January 2013 - present, USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, Illinois

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Achievement Medal
AF Outstanding Unit Award
AF Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
AF Longevity Service Ribbon
USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle)
AF Training Ribbon

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
2011 - Airman of the 1st Quarter, USAF Band of the West, Lackland AFB, Texas
2012 - Airman of the 3rd Quarter, USAF Band of the West, Lackland AFB, Texas
2014 - Class 14-E Commandant Award winner, CMSAF Bud Andrews Airman Leadership School, Scott AFB, IL

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class, 15 September 2009
Senior Airman, 15 January 2012
Staff Sergeant, 1 December 2014