STAFF SERGEANT TONY BANKS II
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SSgt Tony Banks is a member in the United States Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. As an F-35A Heritage Flight team member, he is responsible for representing Air Education and Training Command, Air Combat Command, United States Air Force, Department of Defense, and the United States of America at 16 air shows annually. He is one of sixteen enlisted members of the F-35A Heritage Flight Team and performs maintenance actions on the Lockheed Martin-produced F-35. By doing so, SSgt Banks ensures Heritage Flight pilots are equipped with a safe and effective F-35A Lightning II to execute their mission of showcasing the Air Force’s premier fifth-generation aircraft for millions of spectators each year.
SSgt Banks was born in Pensacola, FL. He graduated from Escambia High School, Pensacola, Florida in 2006. He left for Basic Military Training in Pensacola, Florida October 31, 2011. He attended Technical Training School in Pensacola, Florida, for Low Observable Structural Maintenance. After graduating from his technical school, he was assigned to his first duty station at Joint Base Elmendorf/Richardson, Alaska as a Low Observable Structural Maintenance Apprentice.
2012 Low Observable Aircraft Structural Maintenance Technical Training School, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida
2016 Airman Leadership School, Luke AFB, AZ.
2017 Community College of the Air Force, Luke AFB, AZ.
2012-2015, 3rd Maintenance Squadron, F-35 Low Observable Structural Maintenance Journeyman, Joint Base Elmendorf/Richardson, Alaska
2015-Present, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, F-35 Low Observable Structural Maintenance Journeyman, Luke AFB, Arizona
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman 1st Class 1 Nov 2011
Senior Airman 17 Aug 2013
Staff Sergeant 1 Nov 2016
(Current as of December 1, 2016)