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Technical Sergeant Chris Stelling

Technical Sergeant Chris Stelling, a native of Kearney, Nebraska, serves as a saxophonist for the USAF Heritage of America Band. TSgt Stelling earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Saxophone Performance from The University of Nebraska at Kearney in Kearney, Nebraska in 1996.
While living in Nebraska, TSgt Stelling performed with many renowned musicians to include Rufus Reid, John Pizzarelli, Josh Groban, Jim Snydero, Matt Wallace, Tom Garling, Dr. Darryl White, Dr. Eric Richards and Wycliffe Gordon. He also served as Music Director and Conductor of the Omaha Jazz Orchestra for the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
In the summer of 2013, TSgt Stelling deployed to Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Afghanistan, Jordan and other locations in Southwest Asia in the ten piece rock band, Full Spectrum. Serving as an airman musician, TSgt Stelling performed for coalition forces, soldiers, sailors and airmen and also helped to build international partnerships abroad on over 60 AFCENT Public Affairs missions.

PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION
2003 Airman Leadership School
2014 Non-Commissioned Officer Academy

ASSIGNMENTS
1. Offutt AFB, NE January 1999 - June 2009
2. Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA June 2009 - present


DECORATIONS
Air Force Commendation Medal - Third Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
AF Organizational Excellence Award - Second Oak Leaf Cluster
AF Good Conduct Medal - Fourth Oak Leaf Cluster
National Defense Service Medal
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War On Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
AF Longevity Service - Second Oak Leaf Cluster
USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon - First Oak Leaf Cluster
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle)
AF Training Ribbon