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Technical Sergeant Robert Browning

Technical Sergeant Robert Browning is a percussionist with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA.  He also serves as the unit’s ‘Team Lead’ for CSS. Originally from Baton Rouge, LA, his active-duty Air Force career began in 2003 in San Antonio, TX with the USAF Band of the West.  Before the Air Force, Sergeant Browning spent 7 years in the 156th Louisiana Army National Guard band (1995-2002) and 1 year with the 531st Texas Air National Guard Band.

TSgt Browning is a 2001 graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where he earned a Degree in Music Education.  His teachers include Ken Green, Domminick Cuccia, and Anthony Robinson.

During his AF career, he has performed with artists such as Steve Smith/Vital Information, Ellis Marsalis, Gordon Goodwin, Aloe Blacc, Eddie Daniels, Eric Whitacre, Frank Ticheli, and Jack Stamp. Some of his career highlights include NatoFest (2009/2011, Germany); Inaugural ‘African Partnership Flight’, Ghana; D-Day 70th Anniversary commemoration in Cambridge cemetery, UK; 10th anniversary of the Great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Japan.

2016 – SNCOA Academy, Course 15
2016 – CCAF
2015—NCOA Academy, Course 14
2009 – Airman Leadership School, Vogelweh, Germany
2001 – BME, Northwestern State University of Louisiana
1997—Professional Leadership Development Course (U.S. Army)

1. 1995-2002 – 156th Army National Guard Band, Bossier City, Louisiana
2. 2002-2003 – 531st Air National Guard Band, Carswell NAS, Ft Worth, TX
3. 2003-2008 – USAF Band of the West, JBSA Lackland, San Antonio, TX
4. 2008-2014 – United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), Sembach/Ramstein AB, Germany
5. 2014-2019 – USAF Band of the West, JBSA Lackland, San Antonio, TX
6. 2019-2022 – Band of the Pacific (PACAF), Yokota AB, Japan
7. 2022-current-USAF Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, Fairfield, CA

Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal—5 clusters
Army Achievement Medal
TX Adjutant Generals Award

2016 – NCO of the Year, Band of the West
2016 – Col Hamilton Award
2013 – Expert Marksman, Bundeswehr Military, Germany

1995—SPC, U.S. Army
1997—Sgt, U.S. Army
2003—SSgt USAF Air National Guard
2004—A1C, USAF Band of the West
2006—SrA, USAF Band of the west
2009—SSgt, USAFE Band
2016—TSgt, USAF Band of the West