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Master Sergeant Doug Kost

Master Sergeant Doug Kost is a native of Zelienople, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Youngstown State University in 2002, and his Master Degree in Music Performance from the University of North Texas in 2006. Master Sergeant Kost toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra prior to joining the Air Force in September, 2005. His career started at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, when he was assigned to the Band of Flight. Other assignments include Scott AFB, IL, and Lackland AFB, TX, where he is currently assigned to the Band of the West. Prior to joining the Band of the West, Master Sergeant Kost served as a Military Training Instructor at the Air Force’s Basic Military Training. In 2010, he deployed as part of an ensemble to support the Navy’s Operation Continuing Promise to Central and South America.

2002 Bachelors of Music Education, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio
2006 Masters of Music Performance in Trombone, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
2009 Airman Leadership School, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio
2011 Associate’s Degree in Fine and Applied Art-Music, Community College of the Air Force
2016 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Robert D. Gaylor NCO Academy, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas

Sep 2005 – Oct 2005, trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
Oct 2005 – Sep 2012, USAF Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
Oct 2012 – Jun 2015, USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
Jul 2015 – Apr 2020, Military Training Instructor, Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
May 2020 – Current, USAF Band of the West, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas

Major Awards and Decorations:
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Good Conduct Medal with four oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Air Force Special Duty Ribbon

Effective Dates of Promotion:
Airman First Class -  6 September 2005
Senior Airman -  6 January 2008
Staff Sergeant -  1 August 2009
Technical Sergeant -  1 February 2015
Master Sergeant -  1 May 2018