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Tech Sergeant Shawn Hanlon

TSgt Hanlon is currently a pianist at the USAF Band of the Pacific, Yokota Air Base, Japan. Responsibilities include performing with Pacific Showcase jazz ensemble and Final Approach popular music group, Music Director of Final Approach, and assisting the Productions and Social Media shop.
 
TSgt Hanlon entered the Air Force in February 2012, graduating Basic Military Training in April 2012.  Prior to his current position, he was assigned to the USAF Academy Band at Peterson Air Force Base, where he performed with the Falconaires jazz band, and Pegasus pop/rock group.  He also had the opportunity to deploy with Pegasus to Air Force Central Command in late 2014. 
 
Some highlights of TSgt Hanlon’s career so far include performing on a local radio station in Afghanistan, entertaining North Korean refugees, and playing live on Japanese television for “Nodojiman The World”.   
 
EDUCATION
2009 Bachelor of Music, Jazz Piano Performance, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida
2011 Master of Music, French Horn Performance, UCLA, Los Angeles, California
2016 Airman Leadership School, Yokota Air Base, Japan
2021 NCO Academy, Virtual, Yokota Air Base, Japan
 
ASSIGNMENTS
1. April 2012 – April 2016, Pianist, USAF Academy Band, Peterson AFB, Colorado (November 2014 – March 2015, Pianist, AFCENT Band, Al Udeid AB, Qatar)
2. April 2016 – April 2022, Pianist, USAF Band of the Pacific, Yokota AB, Japan
3. May 2022 - Present, Pianist, USAF Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
 
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
 
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class February 7, 2012
Senior Airman June 7, 2014
Staff Sergeant October 1, 2017
Technical Sergeant March 1, 2021
 
(Current as of June 2022)