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First Sgt. John C. Addington

 

399th Army Band Command Team

 

 

Warrant Officer Michael Becker

WO1 Becker entered the Army in 2004 and completed basic training here on Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. His first assignment was with the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team out of Ft. Wainwright, AK, where soon after arriving he deployed to Iraq for 16 months as a civil affairs assistant. Upon redeployment to Alaska, he joined the 9th Army Band for on the job training as a flutist. In 2009 he began Advanced Individual Training at Little Creek Joint Expeditionary Base in Norfolk, Virginia and was certified as an Army Musician. His other assignments include the 2nd Infantry Division Band on Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu, South Korea, the US Army Europe Band and Chorus in the cities of Heidelberg and Kaiserslautern, Germany and the 323rd Army Band, Fort Sam's Own, stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. In 2017, he was selected to become an Army Bandmaster, the only active duty Bandmaster to be selected Army wide in three years. WO1 Becker has been a musician for over 30 years and earned a B.A. in German with a minor in chemistry from California State University Long Beach. 

 

WO1 Becker's military education includes the Warrant Officer Basic Course, Warrant Officer Candidate School, the Army Musician Senior Leaders Course, the Army Musician Advanced Leader Course, the Warrior Leaders Course, and the Equal Opportunity Leader Course.  His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Army Commendation Medal (4), the Army Achievement Medal (5), the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Good Conduct Medal (4), the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (4), the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency in Gold, and the German Armed Forces Badge of Marksmanship in Gold.

 

First Sergeant John Addington

 

1SG Addington entered the Army in 2004 after completing a B.S. in Music Education and a M.M. in Tuba Performance at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.  After completion of Basic Training at Fort Jackson, SC, and Advanced Individual Training at the United States Army School of Music Little Creek, VA, he was assigned to the Army Medical Command Band at Fort Sam Houston, TX. He has also served with the Army Ground Forces Band at Fort McPherson, GA, the First Cavalry Division Band at Fort Hood, TX, the Army Band NCO Academy, the 82nd Airborne Division Band and Chorus at FT Bragg, NC, and most recently as 1SG of the Eighth Army Band in Korea.  1SG Addington's military schools include the Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Systems Approach to Training Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Small Group Instructor Training Course, and the Faculty Development Course.  1SG Addington is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve. He holds the C1 Additional Skill Identifier on the Tuba and doubles on Bass Guitar and Euphonium.  1SG Addington is married to his wife Lisa. They have two children; Nathaniel and Joshua.