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Master Sergeant Jeffrey R. Saunders

Master Sergeant Jeffrey Saunders, a native of Binghamton, New York, serves as a saxophonist for the USAF Heritage of America Band.

MSgt Saunders was stationed overseas for seven years and has performed in Japan, Germany, Bosnia, Croatia, UK, Turkey, Portugal, Italy, South Korea, Guam, France, Poland, Bulgaria, and Romania. TSgt Saunders has had the privilege to perform on two USAF recordings, one with the USAF Band of Liberty at Hanscom AFB, MA, and one recorded in Japan with the PACAF jazz band "Pacific Showcase," entitled Touch of Blue, which included live performances from tours throughout Japan.

In 2009, MSgt Saunders deployed and was proud to serve as an airman musician building partnerships, and performing for soldiers, sailors, and airmen throughout Southwest Asia. While deployed, a soldier approached him and said, "You made me feel normal for an hour."

PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION
2001 Airman Leadership School
2008 USAF Non-Commissioned Officer Academy

ASSIGNMENTS
1. Hanscom AFB, MA November 1998-July 2002
2. Yokota AB, Tokyo Japan July 2002-June 2005
3. Sembach AB, Kaiserslautrern, Germany June 2005-June 2009
4. Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA June 2009-present

DECORATIONS
Air Force Commendation Medal, third oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal, second oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, fourth oak leaf cluster
Air Force Good Conduct Medal, fourth oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal