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Chief Warrant Officer Five James Bettencourt

Chief Warrant Officer Five James M. Bettencourt proudly assumed command of the SHAPE International Band in September 2018. He is a native of New Bedford, Massachusetts and a graduate of New Bedford High School.

Mr. Bettencourt holds both a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance and Bachelor of Education degrees from Boston University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbia Southern University. His previous assignments include the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Army Ground Forces Band, Fort McPherson, Georgia, US Army School of Music, Norfolk, Virginia and the US Army Europe Band and Chorus in Heidelberg, Germany.

Mr. Bettencourt has been assigned as Commander for the 282nd Army Band, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; the First Armored Division Band, Wiesbaden, Germany; the US Army Signal Corps Band, Fort Gordon; Georgia and the Army Materiel Command Band, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. His training includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Warrant Officer Candidate School, Warrant Officer Basic Course, the Warrant Officer Advanced Course, and the Warrant Officer Staff Course.

Mr. Bettencourt is a veteran of the Iraqi Sovereignty and Operation New Dawn Campaigns, deploying to Iraq as Commander of the First Armored Division Band in 2010. He has been married to the former Miss Erika Lynn Mills of Lake Mary, Florida since 1997 with whom he has two daughters. Mr. Bettencourt's awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (6th award), Army Commendation Medal (6th award), Army Achievement Medal (5th award), Meritorious Unit Citation, Iraq Campaign Medal (two campaign stars), Army Good Conduct Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. 


Master Sergeant Stephanie Doehr

Master Sergeant Stephanie Doehr assumed duties as the Deputy Director of the SHAPE International Band in March 2019. She is a native of LaGrange, Ohio and is a graduate of Keystone High School. She received her Baccalaureate of Science, Health and Wellness degree from Purdue University Global and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Exercise Science, Nutrition and Wellness from Liberty University.  

Master Sergeant Doehr has served in a multitude of leadership positions from Section Leader to First Sergeant since enlisting in the United States Army in 2004 as a flute player and vocalist. Her previous assignments include two tours with the 82nd Airborne Division Band, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, two tours with the 392nd Army Band, Fort Lee, Virginia, and she served as Senior Leaders Course Small Group Leader and Deputy Commandant with the Army School of Music Noncommissioned Officer Academy in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Master Sergeant Doehr graduated the Basic Airborne Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course (Commandant's List), Senior Leaders Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Couse, Master Resilience Trainer Course, Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention Course, Cadre Training Course, Basic Instructor Training Course, Faculty Development Course, Middle Manager Course, Foundation Training Developer Course, Instructor Evaluator Course, and Small Group Instructor Training Course. 

Master Sergeant Doehr deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2007 and 2011. Her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award), Army Commendation Medal (4th award), Army Achievement Medal (4th award), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (two campaign stars), NATO ISAF Medal (two campaign stars), Basic Army Instructor Badge, Meritorious Unit Citation (2nd award), Army Good Conduct Medal (5th award), and the National Defense Service Medal.

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