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Technical Sergeant Meghan Yankowskas

TSgt Meghan Yankowskas is a clarinetist with the USAF Band of Mid-America Concert Band, Ceremonial Band, and Liberty Clarinet Quartet. She currently serves as the Noncommissioned Officer In Charge for the Concert Band and the Assistant Director of Operations. In addition to her primary instrument, TSgt Yankowskas has also served as a vocalist and arranger within the Air Force Bands.

A native of Londonderry, New Hampshire, TSgt Yankowskas attended the University of New Hampshire and Bowling Green State University before beginning her Air Force career in 2015. Prior to her current position, she was assigned to the United States Air Forces in Europe Band where she served as the Music Director for Wings of Swing and was the Noncomissioned Officer in Charge for the Productions Shop.

TSgt Yankowskas’s accomplishments include solo performances with the National Presidential Orchestra of Ukraine and the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, participating in Fifth House Ensemble’s Fresh Inc. Festival, and performing & leading master classes across the US, Europe, and Africa. Additionally, she is a member of the St. Louis-based experimental folk group Third Millennium World’s Fair and has previously served as the clarinet professor for Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL. An avid enthusiast of music technology, Sergeant Yankowskas enjoys incorporating electronics into her musical endeavors. In 2019, she presented her lecture “Beep-Boops and You: Combining Electronics with ‘Classical’ Instruments 101” at the International Clarinet Association’s Clarinetfest in Knoxville. She can be seen performing original electronic music throughout the St. Louis music scene in her spare time.

EDUCATION

2013 Bachelor of Music, Music Education, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
2015 Masters of Music, Clarinet Performance, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
2019 CMSAF Bud Andrews Airman Leadership School, Scott Air Force Base, IL

ASSIGNMENTS

 1. July 2015 - September 2015, Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, TX

 2. September 2015 - October 2019, USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott Air Force Base, IL

 3. October 2019 - October 2023, USAFE Band, Ramstein Air Base, Germany

 4. October 2023 - present, USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott Air Force Base, IL

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air and Space Commendation Medal
Air and Space Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
Air and Space Organizational Excellence Award
AF Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air and Space Longevity Service Award
USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
Air and Space Training Ribbon

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
2016 MyAirForceLife Worldwide Talent Competition, 2nd Place – Musical Variety Division
2017 Airman of the Quarter Jul-Sept, Air Mobility Command/Public Affairs
2018 Air Force Media Awards, First Place – Small Instrumental Composition or Arrangement
2019 John L. Levitow Award, Airman Leadership School, Scott AFB, IL
2019 Airman of the Quarter Apr-Jun, Air Mobility Command/Public Affairs
2020 USAFE Band Musician of the Quarter Jan-Mar & Apr-Jun
2020 Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class 11 September, 2015
Senior Airman 21 November, 2017
Staff Sergeant 01 July, 2019
Technical Sergeant 01 April, 2023

(Current as of June 2024)