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Master Sergeant Jesse Thompson

Master Sergeant Jesse Thompson is at guitarist with the USAF Band of Mid-America at Scott Air Force Base, IL. Originally from Wichita, KS, he was previously stationed at Peterson SFB, CO with the USAF Academy Band. 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, MSgt 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.

EDUCATION:
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

ASSIGNMENTS:
1. September 2008 – August 2010, Regional Band Apprentice/Journeyman, USAF Band of the West, Lackland AFB, TX
2. August 2010 – August 2012, Regional Band Journeyman/Craftsman, USAF Band of the Pacific, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, HI
3. September 2013 – Present, Regional Band Craftsman, USAF Academy Band, Peterson AFB, CO
4. USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with one Oakleaf Cluster
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS:
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