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Master Sergeant Mark Craig
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Master Sergeant Mark Craig is a Clarinet Craftsman with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA. He also serves as the unit's Band Library NCOIC, and as unit Staff Arranger, and GPC Approving Official. Originally from Dallas, TX, his Air Force career began in 1995 with the USAF Band of Liberty, at Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts.

MSgt Craig is a graduate of J. J. Pearce High School, in Richardson, TX under Forest Aten and Tom Bennett. He received a Bachelor's degree in Music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. He was selected for the Texas All-State Symphonic Band three years in a row and went on to study with Steve Girko, former Principal Clarinetist with the Dallas Symphony, and Dr. James Gillespie, University Regents Professor of Clarinet at the University of North Texas.

During his Air Career MSgt Craig has performed with such notable artists as Bernadette Peters, John Houseman, Stephen Sondheim, Chip Zien, Debra Monk, Donald Hunsberger, Frank Bencriscutto, The Lettermen, The Mills Brothers, The Four Aces, Wilfred Brimley, and Kim Nazarian, of the New York Voices. Immediately prior to joining the Air Force Band of the Golden West in September 2008, Sergeant Craig was stationed with the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Band in Sembach, Germany for five years, where he traveled to 36 countries throughout Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. Master Sergeant Craig works hard on improving his skills in photography and composition. He is a recent graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, where he completed their Professional Course in Digital Photography. He is also studying arranging, and has completed two arranging seminars at the Music Technology Retreat in Carson, WA, with Mike Klinger. He is an accomplished arranger for the Air Force Band program, writing musical arrangements for concert band, woodwind quintet, brass quintet, clarinet quartet, and small chamber ensembles. His unique arrangements have been performed in all nine of the Air Force Field Bands, as well as the U.S. Air Force Premier Band in Washington D.C., U.S. Air Force Academy Band, in Colorado Springs, and the U.S. (Army) Military Academy Band at West Point.

EDUCATION
1999 - USAF Airman Leadership School
2000 - Bachelor of Music Degree
2006 - USAF Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Course
2009 - USAF Non-Commissioned Officer Academy
2013 - CCAF Degree in Music
2013 - USAF Senior Non-Commissioned Officer PME Course 14

ASSIGNMENTS
1. October 1995 - August 2003, Regional Band Journeyman, USAF Band of Liberty, Hanscom AFB, MA
2. August 2003 - September 2008, Regional Band Craftsman, US Air Forces in Europe Band, Sembach AFB, Germany
3. September 2008 - present, Regional Band Craftsman, USAF Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
USAF Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Leadership Award at Airman Leadership School
Air Force Good Conduct Medal with five oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star device
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
2001 - NCO of the Quarter, USAF Band of Liberty, Hanscom AFB, CA
2005 - NCO of the Quarter, USAFE Band, Sembach AB, Germany
2009 - NCO of the Quarter, USAF Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA
2010 - NCO of the Quarter, USAF Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA
2011 - NCO of the Quarter, USAF Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA

EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class - August 1995
Senior Airman - December 1997
Staff Sergeant - October 2001
Technical Sergeant - Dec 2007
Master Sergeant - January 2013

(Current as of Dec 2013)

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