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Staff Sergeant Chris Hanson

Staff Sergeant Chris Hanson is a Regional Band Craftsman assigned to the United States Air Force Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  He performs his musical duties as the percussionist and Noncommissioned Officer in Charge with the unit’s brass ensemble, “Spirit of Freedom.”

Originally from Polson, Montana, SSgt Hanson entered the Air Force in June of 2015, completed basic military training in July 2015 and has been stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base since August 2015.  Prior to joining the Air Force, SSgt Hanson completed his Master’s degree in Percussion Performance at the University of New Mexico. 

In 2017 SSgt Hanson deployed as a member of the Air Force Central Command (AFCENT) Band in support of Operations INHERENT RESOLVE, FREEDOM’S SENTINNEL and the Resolute Support Mission. 

EDUCATION
2011 BM Percussion University of Montana, Missoula, MT
2014 MM Percussion Performance University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
2019 Airman Leadership School, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

ASSIGNMENTS
August 2015 - Current, Regional Band Craftsman, Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
(January 2017-May 2017 Regional Band Journeyman, Air Force Central Command Band, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar)

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Unit Award

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
2019 Distinguished Graduate, Airman Leadership School

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class June 3, 2015
Senior Airman October 3, 2017
Staff Sergeant December 1, 2019

(Current as of February 2021)