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Master Sergeant George Father

Master Sergeant George Father plays trombone with the Heartland of America Band, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He has also an accomplished arranger, and has been featured on vocals, euphonium, and tuba.

Sergeant Father studied trombone with Dr. Mark Hartman and Dr. Ava Ordman, and tuba with Dr. Charles Guy and Dr. Phil Sinder. In addition to his tenure with the Band of the West, Sergeant Father performed with the Dave Holland Big Band, Battle Creek Symphony, West Shore Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony, Anchorage Symphony, Omaha Symphony and was in the traveling pit orchestra for “The Producers.” Sergeant Father was also a Professor of Trombone at Lansing Community College and a Teaching Assistant at Michigan State University.

 

EDUCATION

2003 Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music Performance, Minor Jazz Studies, Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, NY

2005 Master of Music Performance, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI

2010 Airman Leadership School, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska

2014 Associate of Music, Community College of the Air Force

2017 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, K AB, Germany

2017 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education I

2018 USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Non-Residence

2018 Professional Managers Certificate, Community College of the Air Force

2020 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II

 

ASSIGNMENTS

October 2005 – July 2008, Trombone, Band of Liberty, Hanscom AFB, MA

July 2008 – August 2011, Trombone, Band of the Pacific, Elmendorf AFB, AK

August 2011 – November 2014, Trombone, Heartland of America Band, Offutt AFB, NE

November 2014 – November 2018, Trombone, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band, Ramstein AB, Germany

December 2018 – December 2022, Trombone, Band of the West, JBSA, TX

December 2022 – Present, Trombone, Heartland of America Band, Offutt AFB, NE

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Air Force Meritorious Service Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal, 3rd oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal, 1st oak leaf cluster

AF Outstanding Unit Award, 4th Oak Leaf Cluster

AF Organizational Excellence Award

Air Force Good Conduct Medal, 4th oak leaf cluster

Humanitarian Service Medal

Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, 1st service star

Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Air Force Recognition Ribbon

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long, 1st oak leaf cluster

Air and Space Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border

Air Force Longevity Service, 4th oak leaf cluster

Air Force Noncommissioned Officer PME Graduate Ribbon, 1st oak leaf cluster

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle)

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

2008 Airman of the First Quarter, Electronic Systems Center Staff

2013 Noncommissioned Officer of the Second Quarter, Air Combat Command Public Affairs

2013 Noncommissioned Officer of the Fourth Quarter, Air Combat Command Public Affairs

2013 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Heartland of America Band

2016 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band

2017 Noncommissioned Officer Academy Distinguished Graduate

2017 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band

2017 Public Affairs Communication Excellence NCO award winner, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Public Affairs

2018 Public Affairs Communication Excellence NCO award winner, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Public Affairs

2018 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Public Affairs

2020 Self-Assessment Program Manager of the 1st Quarter, 502 Air Base Wing

 

 

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Airman First Class Aug. 23, 2005

Senior Airman Dec. 23, 2007

Staff Sergeant Mar 01, 2010

Technical Sergeant Sept. 01, 2016

Master Sergeant Jan 01, 2020