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Senior Master Sergeant Gary Noel

A native of West Warwick, Rhode Island, Senior Master Sergeant Gary Noel is a guitarist with the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific's Small Kine.

Sergeant Noel graduated from John F. Deering High School in 1990. He attended the Community College of Rhode Island and earned an Associate degree in Jazz Studies. In 1994, Sergeant Noel continued his studies at Rhode Island College. He studied with David Spadazzi and was a freelance guitarist performing with several bands in Rhode Island and Massachusetts area. In 1995, Sergeant Noel enlisted in the United States Army as a guitarist and was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division Band in New York. He was later reassigned to the S.H.A.P.E. Band in Mons, Belgium. In 2003, Sergeant Noel enlisted in the United States Air Force and received an assignment with the Band of Liberty, Hanscom AFB, MA. During his time at Hanscom, he performed with the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Popular Music Group.

EDUCATION:
1. 1994 - Associate in Fine Arts Degree in Jazz Studies, Community College of Rhode Island
2. 1995 - Armed Forces School of Music, Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, VA
3. 1997 - Primary Leadership Development Course, Fort Drum, NY
4. 2005 - NCO Academy, McGuire AFB, NJ

ASSIGNMENTS:
1. November 1995: Trainee, Basic Combat Training, Fort Jackson, SC
2. May 1996 - April 1999: 10th Mountain Division Band, Fort Drum, NY
3. May 1999-Dec 2002: Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Mons, Belgium
4. March 2003 - June 2012: Hanscom AFB, MA
5. July 2012: Band of the Pacific - Hawaii

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
1. Meritorious Service Medal
2. Joint Service Commendation Medal
3. Air Force Commendation Medal
4. Army Commendation Medal
5. Joint Service Achievement Medal
6. Air Force Achievement Medal
7. Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
8. Humanitarian Service Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
1. Private First Class: 28 November 1995
2. Specialist: 17 April 1996
3. Sergeant: 21 March 1998
4. Staff Sergeant: 23 March 2003
5. Technical Sergeant: 01 September 2004
6. Master Sergeant: 01 July 2008