Master Sergeant Benjamin Kadow

Master Sergeant Benjamin G. Kadow performs trombone with the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.  In addition to his musical duties, Sergeant Kadow serves as Section Chief, Administrative Support.

Originally from Perham, Minnesota, Sergeant Kadow earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota and a Master of Music degree in trombone performance from Western Michigan University.  Sergeant Kadow joined the United States Air Force in May 2002.

After completing basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, Sergeant Kadow was assigned to the Heritage of America Band, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. He performed with the Concert Band, Ceremonial Band, Blue Aces rock band and Rhythm in Blue jazz ensemble and can be heard on Valentine, Band Dances, and An American Patrol CD recordings.  Sergeant Kadow was then assigned to the Heartland of America Band, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, in May 2006.  In 2005 and 2009 Sergeant Kadow deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.  Beginning in 2011, he spent three years with the Band of the Pacific, Hawaii where he performed throughout the Pacific and served as the Unit Resource Advisor and Non-Commissioned Officer-In-Charge of the rock band.  In 2014, Sergeant Kadow returned to Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska where he has served as the Resource Advisor, Non-Commissioned Officer-In-Charge of Offutt Brass, and Producer of the 31st annual holiday show series.

His musical highlights include performances in Australia, Singapore, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Grand Teton Music Festival, Mount Rushmore National Memorial and collaborations with the Canadian Brass, Omaha Symphony and the Kansas City Symphony. Sergeant Kadow has performed for dignitaries to include President Obama, Vice Presidents Dick Cheney and Joe Biden, Secretaries of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General David Petraeus, and First Lady Michelle Obama.

EDUCATION:

1996 High School Diploma, Perham High School, Perham, MN

2000 Bachelor of Music Education, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

2002 Master of Music, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

2002 Air Force Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, TX

2005 Airman Leadership School, Langley AFB, VA

2014 Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Hickam AFB, HI

2014 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, Air University

2014 Associates of Applied Sciences in Music, Community College of the Air Force

2016 USAF Senior NCO Academy (Basic Phase III) Non-Residence

2018 Professional Manager Certification, Community College of the Air Force

2020 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II, Air University

2022 United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. 2002 - 2006, USAF Heritage of America Band, Langley AFB, VA

2. 2006 - 2011, USAF Heartland of America Band, Offutt AFB, NE

3. 2011 - 2014, USAF Band of the Pacific, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI

4. 2014 - present, USAF Heritage of America Band, OL-A, Offutt AFB, NE

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

Air Force Meritorious Service Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters

AF Organizational Excellence Award with two oak leaf clusters

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global war on Terrorism Service Medal

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS:

2010 USAF Heartland of America Band NCO Public Affairs Excellence in Communications Award

2011 Headquarters Air Combat Command Public Affairs NCO of the 1st Quarter

2012 USAF Band of the Pacific-Hawaii NCO of the 1st and 2nd Quarter

2012 USAF Band of the Pacific NCO of the Year

2013 Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs NCO of the 2nd Quarter

2013 USAF Band of the Pacific NCO of the Year

2014 Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs NCO of the 1st Quarter

2016 USAF Heartland of America Band NCO of the 1st Quarter

2018 Headquarters Air Combat Command Public Affairs SNCO of the 4th Quarter

2018 Headquarters Air Combat Command Public Affairs SNCO of the Year

2019 USAF Heritage of America Band (OL-A) SNCO of the 4th Quarter

2020 Headquarters Air Combat Command Public Affairs SNCO of the 2nd Quarter

2021 Headquarters Air Combat Command Public Affairs SNCO of the 1st and 3rd Quarters

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

Airman First Class 2 May 2002

Senior Airman (BTZ) 7 March 2004

Staff Sergeant 1 April 2006

Technical Sergeant 1 January 2012

Master Sergeant 1 March 2016