Senior Master Sergeant Jason Foster

Senior Master Sergeant Jason P. Foster is the Senior Enlisted Leader for the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia, Yokota Air Base, Japan. As the Senior Enlisted Leader for the 25-member unit, he advises the Commander and provides oversight over all administrative and musical functions by directing personnel, resources, training, readiness, and management to support the mission, vision and priorities of the organization. In previous assignments, Sergeant Foster has served as the Additional Duty First Sergeant, Section Chief of Resources, Executive Noncommissioned Officer, Unit Deployment Manager, Organizational Defense Travel Administrator, Agency Program Coordinator and Chief of Records.
 
In 2010, Sergeant Foster deployed as the advon for the ensemble "Vector" to Southwest Asia, where he helped support the morale of U.S. and coalition troops and promoted diplomacy and outreach to host nation communities.  In 2014, he deployed in support of Overseas Contingency Operations as the Director of Operations for the U.S. Air Forces Central Band. While there, he led four teams to leverage the power of music to bolster the morale of U.S. and coalition troops and strengthen partnerships throughout 12 countries in Southwest Asia. In 2019, Sergeant Foster deployed to Al Udeid Air Base as the Senior Enlisted Leader and Superintendent for the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing’s Host Nation Coordination Cell where he led 41 military and contract members across nine executive functions directly supporting counter Iranian deterrence for Operations INHERENT RESOLVE, FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, and SPARTAN SHIELD.
 
Prior to joining the Air Force in 2004, he was a member of the United States Continental Army Band at Fort Monroe, Va and taught public school music in Midland and Odessa, Texas.  He has also performed with the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera, and Richmond Symphony.  He is a native of Fort Worth, Texas.
 
EDUCATION
1995 Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas
1999 Master’s degree in Music Performance, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.
2001 Primary Leadership Development Course, Fort Knox, Ky.
2005 Airman Leadership School, Langley AFB, Va.
2008 Associate in Applied Science degree in Music, Community College of the Air Force, Montgomery, Ala.
2009 Certificate of Business Management, Strayer University, Newport News, Va.
2011 Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management, Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa
2012 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course, National Defense University, Norfolk, Va.
2012 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Gunter Annex, Montgomery, Ala.
2012 Completed 6 courses towards MBA, American Military University, Charles Town, W.Va.
2013 Senior Noncommissioned Course 14, Air University Online, Montgomery, Ala.
2013 Professional Manager Certification, Community College of the Air Force, Montgomery, Ala.
2014 A+ Certified, Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTia), Downers Grove, Ill.
2014 IT Project Management Essentials Certification, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.
2015 Military Requirements for Chief Petty Officer, Pensacola, Fla.
2017 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II Course, National Defense University, Norfolk, Va.
2017 Certified Continuous Process Improvement Facilitator Course, Langley Air Force Base, Hampton, Va.
2018 Certified Associate in Project Management, Project Management Institute, Virginia Beach, Va.
2020 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Gunter Annex, Montgomery, Ala.
2021 Intermediate Cross Cultural Competence/Regional Crse (INDOPACOM), Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, Calif.
2021 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate, Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.
2021 Japanese Language I, The University of Maryland Global Campus, Yokota, AB, Japan
2021 pursuing Institute of Certified Professional Managers certificate, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
 
ASSIGNMENTS
1.  October 2000 - January 2004, Trombonist and Publicity Clerk, US Continental Army Band, Fort Monroe, Va.
2.  March 2004 - September 2012, NCOIC Heritage Brass, USAF Heritage of America Band, Langley Air Force Base, Va.
3.  September 2012 – March 2015, Unit Deployment Manager, USAF Band of the Pacific-Asia, Yokota Air Base, Japan
4.  March 2015 – June 2021, Section Chief, Resources/Add’l Duty First Sergeant, USAF Heritage of America Band, LAFB, Va.
5.  June 2021 – present, Superintendent/Senior Enlisted Leader, USAF Band of the Pacific , Yokota AB, Japan
 
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with two bronze stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with three oak leaf clusters and gold border
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal with bronze star
Air Force Overseas Ribbon, long
German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, silver rating
 
OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
2005 John L. Levitow Award, Airman Leadership School
2009 “Best Auditions Coordinator in the Air Force” – 3N1 Career Field Manager
2009 USAF Heritage of America Band, NCO of the Year
2011 USAF Heritage of America Band, NCO of the Year
2014 USAF Band of the Pacific, NCO of the Year
2014 HQ PACAF/PA, NCO of the Year
2016 USAF Heritage of America Band, Volunteer of the Year
2016 HQ ACC/PA, Volunteer of the Year
2017 Joint Base Langley-Eustis Volunteer Service Member of the Year
2019 379th AEW/WSA, Superintendent for Team of the 3rd Quarter
2019 USAF Heritage of America Band, SNCO of the Year
2019 HQ ACC/PA, SNCO of the Year
2019 USAF Heritage of America Band (Resources Section) Team Excellence Yearly Award
 
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Member for Life, Air Force Sergeants Association
Fiscal Review Team Lead, American Red Cross
 
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Specialist (USA) June 2, 2000
Sergeant (USA) Oct. 1, 2001
Staff Sergeant (USA) Nov. 1, 2004
Staff Sergeant (USAF) March 1, 2005
Technical Sergeant (USAF) Feb. 1, 2011
Master Sergeant (USAF) Dec. 1, 2015
Senior Master Sergeant (USAF) July 1, 2020
 
(Current as of SEP 2021)