Chief Master Sergeant Brian Hornbuckle serves as the Senior Enlisted Leader with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA. Originally from Huntington, West Virginia his Air Force career began in 2000 with the Band of Flight at Wright Patterson AFB, OH.
He began his collegiate studies at Marshall University and continued at the University of Kentucky, where he received a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1996. Chief Hornbuckle furthered his education at the University of Louisville where he received a Master of Music Performance degree in 1998. In August of 2000, Chief Hornbuckle joined the Air Force and was assigned to the Band of Flight, WPAFB AFB, OH until he was assigned to the Air Force Band of the Pacific, Hawaii, JBPHH-HI in 2013. Prior to his current assignment at the Band of the Golden West, he served eight and a half years at the Band of the West, JBSA-Lackland, TX.
1996 Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, University of Kentucky
1998 Master's degree in Music Performance, University of Louisville
2003 Airman leadership School, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
2009 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Tyndall AFB, FL
2009 Applied Science degree in music, Community College of the Air Force
2015 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2016 Professional Managers Certification, Community College of the Air Force
Aug 2000 - Oct 2000 Student, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
Oct 2000 - Dec 2009 Band of Flight, Wright Patterson AFB, OH
Jan 2010 - Jan 2013 Band of the Pacific - Hawaii, Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam, HI
Jan 2013 - Jun 2021 Band of the West, Joint Base San Antonio- Lackland, TX
Jul 2021 - present Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, Ca
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
USAF Meritorious Service medal 3 oak leaf cluster
USAF Commendation medal 2 oak leaf clusters
USAF Achievement Medal 1 oak leaf cluster
Humanitarian Service medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Basic Military Training Honor Graduate
2010 Band of the Pacific Hawaii NCO of the Year
2011 Band of the Pacific Hawaii SNCO of the Year
2012 PACAF Team of the Year
2013 Band of the West SNCO of the Year
2015 SNCOA Distinguished Graduate
2016 Band of the West SNCO of the Year
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant 1 April 2020
Current as of March, 2023.