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Senior Master Sergeant Lisa Drefke

Senior Master Sergeant (SMSgt) Lisa A. Drefke serves as Superintendent for the United States Air Force (USAF) Heritage of America Band, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.  The band is composed of 61 personnel and 5 flights including operations, publicity, resources, readiness, and administrative support.  Additionally, the band maintains 9 performance teams that execute more than 350 missions each year in support of strategic Air Force messaging initiatives, Presidential support, civic outreach, international partnership building, recruiting and troop support across a 15-state region and at deployed locations around the world.

Sergeant Drefke, a native of Lakewood, Colorado, entered the Air Force in 2000 and has performed on trombone, vocals, and euphonium for military and civilian audiences worldwide.  She deployed with the very first Air Force band to serve aboard the USNS Comfort in support of Southern Command’s 4-month operation, CONTINUING PROMISE, advancing US interests and strengthening international partnerships with 25,000 people throughout 7 South and Central American countries.  She’s performed at the Wonju Marching Tattoo in South Korea, Germany’s NATO Fest, 4 Presidential visits and has performed with world-renowned musicians Joe Alessi, Ellis Marsalis, Jiggs Whigham, Randy Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Frank Mantooth, Lee Greenwood, Eddie Daniels and the Boston Brass.  Furthermore, Sergeant Drefke has served as Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of 3 music performance teams, overseeing mission execution, delivering world-class music, and advancing strategic Air Force messaging for Public Affairs.

In addition to her musical duties, Sergeant Drefke has held a variety of administrative roles.  As the Section Chief of Operations, Sergeant Drefke oversaw mission planning for 8 music performance teams and synchronized engagements with Pacific Air Forces objectives.  She orchestrated two distinct performances for the President and Vice President of the United States and directed 740 missions in 10 countries, garnering support for United States forces with 22.4 million people in the Indo-Pacific region.  Faced with a Department of Defense Stop Movement order and cancellation of the entire live performance schedule in response to the coronavirus threat, as Section Chief of Publicity, she quickly merged musical and collateral duty team efforts and within one week had published the career field’s first telework music video, sparking innovation across Air Force and sister service military bands.  In addition, Sergeant Drefke led her teams in collaboration with military organizations, community leaders, and international recording artists Andy Grammer and Train to produce videos that emphasized resilience in a time of uncertainty.  As the Resources Section Chief, she managed $1.2 million and implemented the commander’s vision for resource allocation, providing sound financial oversight for 5 cost centers.

Furthermore, she deployed as the United States Air Forces Central Band Superintendent for 6 months, overcoming pandemic restrictions and reviving the band’s mission following a 9-month shutdown.  Sergeant Drefke developed engagement strategy, aligning missions with the Combined Forces Air Component Commander’s priorities and managed all operations and unit programs for 3 rotations of deployed bands at Al Udeid AB, Qatar, bolstering diplomatic ties with 15.2 million people across 7 Southwest Asia nations.

EDUCATION

1999 Bachelor of Arts, Music Performance, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

2004 Airman Leadership School, Offutt Air Force Base, NE

2009 Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, TX

2013 Associate of Applied Science, Music, Community College of the Air Force

2014 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education I

2015 Senior Non-commissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, AL

2017 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II

2019 Professional Manager’s Certification

2020 Resilience Training Assistant Certification, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA

2020 Certified Continuous Process Improvement Course, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA

2021 Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Representative Certification, Al Udeid AB, Qatar

2023 Flight Command Leadership Course, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA

ASSIGNMENTS

1. July 2000 - August 2005, USAF Heartland of America Band, Offutt AFB, Omaha, NE

2. August 2005 - August 2007, Allied Forces Band, Allied Joint Force Command, Naples, Italy

3. August 2007 - November 2016, USAF Band of the West, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, TX

4. November 2016 - November 2019, USAF Band of the Pacific, Yokota AB, Tokyo, Japan

5. November 2019 - present, USAF Heritage of America Band, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters
Air and Space Commendation Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters

Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air and Space Achievement Medal

Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award with 4 oak leaf clusters
Air and Space Organizational Excellence Award with 1 oak leaf cluster
Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 6 oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

Air and Space Overseas Ribbon Short Tour

Air and Space Overseas Ribbon Long Tour

Air and Space Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol)

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

2009 Distinguished Graduate, Non-Commissioned Officer Academy

2009 Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, USAF Band of the West

2009 Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, 37th Training Wing Staff Agency

2011 SSgt Frost Outstanding Communication Award, 502d Air Base Wing

2018 Public Affairs Communication Excellence Award, USAF Band of the Pacific

2019 Public Affairs Communication Excellence Award, USAF Band of the Pacific

2020 Team Excellence of the Year, USAF Heritage of America Band

2020 Team Excellence of the Year, HQ ACC Public Affairs

2020 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, USAF Heritage of America Band

2020 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, HQ ACC Public Affairs

2021 Commendation Award, Royal Air Force, United Kingdom

2021 Senior Non-commissioned Officer of the First & Second Quarters, AFCENT Public Affairs

2021 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, USAF Heritage of America Band

2021 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, HQ ACC Public Affairs

2022 Air and Space Forces Association Gill Robb Wilson Award, 9th AF (AFCENT) Public Affairs

2022 Team Excellence of the Year, USAF Heritage of America Band

2022 Team Excellence of the Year, HQ ACC Public Affairs

2022 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, USAF Heritage of America Band

2022 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, HQ ACC Public Affairs

 

EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION

Airman First Class June 7, 2000

Senior Airman October 7, 2002

Staff Sergeant January 1, 2005

Technical Sergeant July 1, 2008

Master Sergeant June 1, 2012

Senior Master Sergeant 1 April, 2023

 

(Current as of June 2023)