TSgt Matthew E. Kirkpatrick is a trumpet player in the United States Air Force (USAF) Band of the Pacific, Yokota Air Base, Japan. TSgt Kirkpatrick is currently Section Chief of Publicity and Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of Pacific Brass. His responsibilities include overseeing the Social Media, Marketing, Productions, and Heritage sections as well as aligning the bands messaging with DoD, DoS, USINDOPACOM, and PACAF’s line of efforts. As NCOIC of Pacific Brass TSgt Kirkpatrick is responsible for the preparation and execution of missions supporting DoD, DoS, UNINDOPACOM, and PACAF priorities.
TSgt Kirkpatrick entered the Air Force in October of 2008, completing basic military training in November and reporting for duty at Robins AFB. TSgt Kirkpatrick has performed in over 20 countries during his time in the Air Force. Prior to his current position TSgt Kirkpatrick was a trumpet player with the USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
Prior to joining the Air Force TSgt Kirkpatrick was a member of the Wichita Symphony and Boise Philharmonic. He is a native of Smyrna, Tennessee.
2004 Bachelor of Music, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tenn.
2006 Master of Music, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kan.
2008 Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas
2014 Airman Leadership School, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
2020 Nom-Commissioned Officer Academy, Kadena AB, Japan
1. October 2008 - November 2008, Trainee, 323d Training Squadron, Lackland AFB, Texas
2. November 2008 - January 2011, Regional Band Trumpet, USAF Band of the Reserve, Robins AFB, Ga.
3. January 2011 - October 2016, Regional Band Trumpet, USAFE Band, Ramstein AB, Germany
4. October 2016 - July 2019, Regional Band Trumpet, USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, Ill.
5. July 2019 - Current, Section Chief Publicity, USAF Band of the Pacific, Yokota AB, Japan
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
AF Organizational Excellence Award with one oak leaf cluster
AF Good Conduct Medal with three oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
AF Overseas Ribbon Long
AF Longevity Service with two oak leaf clusters
USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon with one oak leaf cluster
Basic Military Training Honor Graduate
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
AF Training Ribbon
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class Oct 7, 2008
Senior Airman Feb. 7, 2011
Staff Sergeant Oct. 1, 2014
Technical Sergeant Nov. 1, 2019
(Current as of November 2021)