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Technical Sergeant Shawn Hanlon

TSgt Shawn Hanlon is currently a pianist at the United States Air Force Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  Responsibilities include performing on piano with Flight One popular music group, the combined Air Force Band of Flight ensemble, and serving as NCOIC of Supply. 

TSgt Hanlon entered the Air Force in February 2012, graduating Basic Military Training in April 2012.  Prior to his current position, TSgt Hanlon was assigned to Yokota Air Force Base, Japan, where he performed around the Pacific theater with the Pacific Showcase jazz ensemble, and the Pacific Trends and Final Approach popular music groups.

Some highlights of TSgt Hanlon’s career so far include performing on a local radio station in Afghanistan, entertaining North Korean refugees, and playing live on Japanese television for “Nodojiman The World”.   


2009 Bachelor of Music, Jazz Piano Performance, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida
2011 Master of Music, French Horn Performance, UCLA, Los Angeles, California
2016 Airman Leadership School, Yokota Air Base, Japan
2021 NCO Academy, Virtual, Yokota Air Base


April 2012 – April 2016, Pianist, USAF Academy Band, Peterson AFB, Colorado
November 2014 – March 2015, Pianist, AFCENT Band, Al Udeid AB, Qatar
April 2016 – April 2022, Pianist, USAF Band of the Pacific, Yokota AB, Japan
May 2022 – Present, Pianist, USAF Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio


Air and Space Commendation Medal
Air and Space Achievement Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Unit Award
Air and Space Organizational Excellence Award with 2 oak leaf clusters


Airman First Class February 7, 2012
Senior Airman June 7, 2014
Staff Sergeant October 1, 2017
Technical Sergeant March 1, 2021

(Current as of January 2023)