Thompson provides support to
U.S. Army Materiel Command Band Musicians will perform May 1 in Vermillion The U.S. Army Materiel Command Band, under the direction of Chief Warrant Officer 4 Frederick Ellwein, will present Invincible Eagle Thursday, May 1, in the Knutson Theatre at The University of South Dakota. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the performance are free, and may be obtained at The Broadcaster in Vermillion and The Press & Dakotan in Yankton. Helping to make this performance possible is Sergeant Major Wendy N. Thomson, the band sergeant major of the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) Band, responsible for the training and mission readiness of a 40-Soldier MACOM Band which supports over 60 AMC activities and installations worldwide. Born in Washington, DC, she holds a bachelor of arts degree, Magna cum Laude, in clarinet performance, from Towson University near Baltimore, MD, and a master of public administration degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Thomson has held numerous musical, leadership, and staff positions at all levels within Army bands. Her military education includes, PLDC, where she received the Leadership Award for the cycle, BNCOC, ANCOC, the First Sergeant Course, and the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy resident class 133. She has also attended the Armyâ�?�?s NBC Course, Equal Opportunity Leaderâ�?�?s Course, and Army Modern Combatives Level One. Thomson entered the Army in December 1985. Her many assignments have afforded her the honor of performing in 30 of the 50 states, Bermuda, Korea, Iraq, Kuwait, and 14 European countries. While assigned as the enlisted director of the United States Army Europe Soldiersâ�?�? Chorus in Heidelberg, Germany from 1998-2001, Thomson led the group on numerous missions throughout the Balkans supporting U.S. and NATO troops. Department of the Army, Chief Public Affairs awarded her chorus for outstanding community relations support in 2001 for a series of international relations performances in Bosnia, Macedonia, and a landmark visit, the first ever public performance by an American military musical organization in Tirana, Albania. While assigned as first sergeant with the Infantry Center Band, Fort Benning, GA, SGM Thomsonâ�?�?s unit earned the Army Superior Unit Award for exceptional service in support of the chief of infantryâ�?�?s national and international relations efforts.