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Senior Master Sergeant David Hartung

Senior Master Sergeant W. David Hartung serves as the Superintendent for the Band of the Pacific as of June, 2019.

Joining the Air Force in 1996, Sergeant Hartung was assigned to the Band of Mid-America at Scott AFB, IL where he was a founding member of the acclaimed Tuba/Euphonium group Four Star Brass while also the Director of Productions and Auditions. In 2009 Sergeant Hartung was assigned to the United States Air Forces in Europe Band where he led the Five Star Brass quintet and served as Section Chief Administration and Unit Training Manager. While serving with the USAFE Band he was named 2011 Non-commissioned Officer of the Year for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Public Affairs. SMSgt Hartung returned to the Band of Mid-America in 2012 serving as the first NCOIC of Airlifter Brass and Phoenix Brass. Additionally he held the positions of Director of Outreach, Section Chief Resources, Section Chief Readiness and First Sergeant.

Originally hailing from Frankfort, Ky, SMSgt Hartung pursued his undergraduate degree at Morehead State and transferred graduating with his Bachelors of Music degree from the University of Kentucky.  He furthered his education by obtaining his Masters degree from Webster University. In addition to his academic pursuits, SMSgt Hartung has performed with the Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern (Germany), German Brass, Louisville Orchestra, the New Sousa Band, Saint Louis Philharmonic and currently leads the acclaimed Arch City Brass. His teachers include Sam Pilafian, Patrick Sheridan, Earle Louder, Mark Moore, Jerry Young and Skip Gray.

 

EDUCATION
1996- Bachelors of Music, Tuba Performance, University of Kentucky
2001- Airman Leadership School, Scott AFB, IL.
2006- Associates in Applied Science-Music, Community College of the Air Force
2007- Masters of Music, Tuba Performance, Webster University, Saint Louis, Missouri
2010- Noncommissioned Officer Academy Leadership School, Kapaun AB, Germany
2012- Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Non-residence
2014- Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Pt I, Non-residence
2017- Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Pt 2, Non-residence

 

ASSIGNMENTS
June 1996 - August 1996, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
August 1996 - July 2009, USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL
July 2009 - July 2011, United States Air Forces in Europe Band, Sembach AB, Germany
July 2011- July 2012, United States Air Forces in Europe Band, Ramstein AB, Germany
August 2012 - 2019, USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL
November 2015 – May 2016, 380th AEW, Al Dalfra, United Arab Emirates
June 2019 – Present, US PACAF Band, Yokota AB, Japan

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Services Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Good Conduct Medal with one silver, two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
2011 - Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, US Air Forces in Europe Band
2011 - Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, US Air Forces in Europe Public Affairs
2012 - Communicator of the Year, USAF Band of Mid-America
2017 - Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, USAF Band of Mid-America
2017 - Lance P. Sijan Award for Leadership

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class - 26 Jun 1996
Senior Airman - 26 Oct 1998
Staff Sergeant - 01 May 2001
Technical Sergeant - 01 Sep 2008
Master Sergeant - 01 Jun 2012
Senior Master Sergeant – 01 April 2019