Master Sergeant Benjamin G. Kadow performs on trombone with Offutt Brass, an ensemble of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. In addition to his musical duties, he serves as the unit's Resource Advisor and Chief of Resources.
Originally from Perham, Minnesota, Sergeant Kadow earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota and a Master of Music degree in trombone performance from Western Michigan University. Sergeant Kadow joined the United States Air Force in May 2002.
After completing basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, Sergeant Kadow was assigned to the Heritage of America Band, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. He performed with the Concert Band, Ceremonial Band, Blue Aces rock band and Rhythm in Blue jazz ensemble and can be heard on Valentine, Band Dances, and An American Patrol CD recordings. He was assigned to the Heartland of America Band in May 2006. In 2005 and 2009 Sergeant Kadow deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Beginning in 2011, he spent three years with the Band of the Pacific, Hawaii where he performed throughout the Pacific and served as the Unit Resource Advisor and Noncommissioned Officer in charge of the rock band. Sergeant Kadow returned to Offutt Air Force Base in 2014.
Career highlights include performances in Australia, Singapore, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming, and two National Anthem performances for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Sergeant Kadow has performed for dignitaries to include Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General David Petraeus, and First Lady Michelle Obama.
1996 Diploma, Perham High School, Perham, Minn.
2000 Bachelor of Music Education, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.
2002 Master of Music, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich.
2005 Airman Leadership School, Langley AFB, Va.
2014 PACAF Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
2014 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Correspondence Course
2014 Associates of Applied Sciences in Music, Community College of the Air Force
1. June 2002 - May 2006, USAF Heritage of America Band, Langley AFB, Va.
2. May 2006 - October 2011, USAF Heartland of America Band, Offutt AFB, Neb.
3. October 2011 - October 2014, USAF Band of the Pacific, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
4. October 2014 - present, USAF Heartland of America Band, Offutt AFB, Neb.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with two oak leaf clusters
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
2010 USAF Heartland of America Band NCO Public Affairs Excellence in Communications Award
2011 USAF Heartland of America Band NCO of the 1st Quarter
2011 Headquarters Air Combat Command Public Affairs NCO of the 1st Quarter
2012 USAF Band of the Pacific-Hawaii NCO of the 1st and 2nd Quarter
2012 USAF Band of the Pacific NCO of the Year
2013 Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs NCO of the 2nd Quarter
2013 USAF Band of the Pacific NCO of the Year
2014 Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs NCO of the 1st Quarter
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Airman First Class May 2, 2002
Senior Airman (Below the Zone) March 7, 2004
Staff Sergeant April 1, 2006
Technical Sergeant January 1, 2012
Master Sergeant March 1, 2016
(Current as of 14 Mar 2016)