Tech Sergeant Jesse Thompson

Technical Sergeant Jesse Thompson is the guitarist and tour manager for Wild Blue Country, the country music ensemble of the United States Air Force Academy Band.  Peterson Air Force Base is TSgt Thompson’s third assignment.  From 2008-2010, he was stationed with the Air Force Band of the West at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX, where he performed with the concert band, big band, and rock ensemble.  Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was his second assignment.  While in Hawaii, he performed with the rock band, acoustic pop group, jazz combo, and was the non-commissioned officer in charge of the jazz trio.

Before joining the Air Force in 2008, TSgt Thompson attended the University of North Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and performed with big bands, combos, and guitar ensembles.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2006.



2006 Bachelor of Music in jazz studies, University of North Texas

2011 Airman Leadership School, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

2017 Community College of the Air Force



1. September 2008 – August 2010, Regional Band Apprentice/Journeyman, Lackland AFB, TX

2. August 2010 – August 2012, Regional Band Journeyman/Craftsman, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, HI

3. September 2013 – Present, Regional Band Craftsman, Peterson AFB, CO



Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with one Oakleaf Cluster

National Defense Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal



Basic Training Honor Graduate August 2008

PACAF Band-Hawaii Outstanding Airman of the 3rd and 4th Quarter 2011

PACAF Band-Hawaii Outstanding Airman of the 1st and 2nd Quarter 2012

Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Airman Leadership School Academic Achievement Award December 2011

USAF Academy Band/Team Pete NCO of the Quarter 2nd Quarter 2015