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MASTER SERGEANT ROBERT E. GARNER

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MASTER SERGEANT ROBERT E. GARNER

Master Sergeant Robert Garner is the United States Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team Superintendent, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. As the F-35A Demonstration Team Superintendent, 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 leads eight F-35A Demonstration Team enlisted members and oversees all maintenance actions performed on the Lockheed Martin-produced F-35. By doing so, he ensures Demonstration Team pilots are equipped with a safe and effective jet to execute their mission of showcasing the Air Force’s premier fifth-generation aircraft for millions of spectators each year. 

MSgt Garner was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Northwest High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, graduating June 1997. He enlisted into the United States Air Force three years later in January 2000. His career has included assignments as an C-135 Aerospace Propulsion Craftsman, F-16 JEIM Team Leader, F-16 Propulsion System Instructor, F-35A Section Chief, F-35A Production Superintendent and F-35A Heritage Flight Team Chief. 

EDUCATION
2003 AETC Airman Leadership School, Offutt AFB, NE
2007 CCAF Degree, Aircraft Maintenance Technology, CCAF, Maxwell-Gunther AFB, AL
2011 AETC Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Peterson AFB, FL
2012 CCAF Degree, Instructor in Technology, Maxwell-Gunther AFB, AL
2015 Certification, Instructional System Design, Maxwell-Gunther AFB, AL
2017 AETC Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (Non-Residence), Maxwell-Gunther AFB, AL

ASSIGNMENTS
2000-2004, 55th MXS - Aerospace Propulsion Journeyman, Offutt AFB, NE
2004-2006, 388th CMS - JEIM Team Leader, Hill AFB, UT
2006-2008, 388th EMS - Aerospace Propulsion Craftsman, Hill AFB, UT
2008-2012, 372nd TRS - F-16 Propulsion System Instructor, Hill AFB, UT
2012-2015, 372nd TRS - F-35 Training Section Chief, Hill AFB, UT
2015-2016, 56th AMXS - F-35 Support Section Chief, Luke AFB, AZ
2016-2017, 56th AMXS - F-35 Crew Chief Section Chief, Luke AFB, AZ
2017-2018, 56th AMXS - F-35 Production Superintendent, Luke AFB, AZ 
2018-2018, 56th AMXS - F-35 Heritage Flight Team Chief, Luke AFB, AZ
2018-Present, 56th AMXS- F-35 Demonstration Team Superintendent, Luke AFB, AZ

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with silver oak leaf

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman Basic: 12 Jan 2000
Airman First Class: 25 Feb 2000
Senior Airman: 25 Jun 2002
Staff Sergeant: 01 Apr 2004
Technical Sergeant: 01 Apr 2010
Master Sergeant: 01 Oct 2015

(Current as of December 28, 2018)

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