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AVB2019 is proud to announce and welcomes this year’s Master of Ceremonies – Master Sergeant (Retired) Terrence L. Hayes, enlisted in the U.S. Army August 30, 1996, and concluded his illustrious 20-year career August 31, 2016. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Hayes attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Advanced Individual Training as a 46Q (journalist) at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Hayes held several enlisted leadership positions during his career, ranging from squad leader to detachment sergeant.

Prior to his retirement, Hayes served nearly five years as the public affairs advisor to the second Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Sergeant Major Bryan B. Battaglia. In that role, he served as the principal public affairs advisor and official spokesperson for the defense department’s top-enlisted service member.

In addition to a 15-month tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from December 2006 to March 2008, Hayes deployed in support of various humanitarian missions during his service. During his career, Hayes has served with 13th Public Affairs Detachment, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas; 20th Public Affairs Detachment, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 116th Military Intelligence Brigade, Fort Gordon, Georgia; 28th Public Affairs Detachment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Cyber Center of Excellence Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland; Army Public Affairs Center, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland; and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia.

Hayes’ military education includes the Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, First Sergeants Course, among several other military leadership courses. Hayes holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Maryland University College, and both a Master of Science in Strategic Communication and Management (Organizational Leadership) from Troy University.

Hayes’ awards include: the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3rd award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2nd award), Army Good Conduct Medal (6th award), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (one bronze star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd award), Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and a member of the distinguished Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

Hayes is married to an Army veteran, and resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.