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Lt Col Cristina Moore Urrutia

Lt Col Cristina Moore Urrutia is Commander and Conductor of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band, Ramstein AB, Germany. In this position, she oversees 45 members that execute more than 300 missions annually across Europe and Africa. Before his current assignment, she served as is Commander and Conductor of the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific, Yokota Air Base, Japan, and its detachment at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.  

Beginning her military career as an enlisted member of the United States Army in 1992, Lt Col Moore Urrutia served as Principal Horn and Associate Conductor of the 43rd Army Band of the Nebraska National Guard. She then joined the United States Air Force, receiving her commission as a Distinguished Graduate of Officer Training School in April 2001, and was subsequently assigned to the United States Air Force Band of Liberty, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. In 2004, Lt Col Moore Urrutia was handpicked to conduct the prestigious Singing Sergeants at The United States Air Force Band, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC. While serving as Flight Commander and Director of the Singing Sergeants and Assistant Conductor of the Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra, she regularly performed for the President of the United States, Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many other senior leaders and distinguished international visitors.

Selected for command in 2007, Lt Col Moore Urrutia led the USAF Band of the West, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas for four years. During that time she deployed on the USNS Comfort as part of Operation CONTINUING PROMISE 2009, reaching thousands across Central, South America, and the Caribbean with the message of partnership and support from the United States. Her follow-on command was at the USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL. Units under her leadership have received multiple awards, to include the Colonel George S. Howard award, AF Outstanding Unit Award, and the Public Affairs Communication Excellence Award for Best Communication Integration.

Lt. Col Moore Urrutia has conducted at the White House, Arlington National Cemetery, Redskins' FedEx Field, Astros' Minute Maid Park, and at Ford's Theater in the nationally televised "An American Celebration: A Salute to Our Troops." She was also the guest emcee for the PBS special "Salute to Veterans 2011."

A native of Kimball, Nebraska, Lt Col Moore Urrutia graduated with high distinction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 with a Bachelor of Music degree in French Horn Performance and a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting in 1998. During that time, she appeared throughout Nebraska as the guest conductor of the Third Chair Chamber Players and the Omaha Theatre Company. An accomplished hornist, she performed regularly with the Omaha Symphony, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and the Hastings Symphony. Lt Col Moore Urrutia studied horn under Allen French, as well as occasional studies with Gail Williams and Philip Myers. In addition to studying conducting under Dr. Tyler White and Maestro Emil Aluas, she has trained with such noted conductors as Mallory Thompson, Jerry Junkin, Rene Clausen, and Mack Wilberg. Lt Col Moore Urrutia's professional affiliations include the Conductor's Guild, the American Choral Director's Association, Women Band Directors National Association, and the Phi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society.



1995 - Bachelor of Music, Horn Performance, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

1998 – Master of Music, Orchestral Conducting, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2001 – Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, AL

2006 – Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL

2015 – Master of Arts, Military and Operational Science, Air Command and Staff College, Air University




  1. November 1992 – December 2000, Principal Horn and Associate Conductor, 43rd Army Band of Nebraska National Guard, Lincoln, NE

  2. January 2001 – April 2001, Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, AL

  3. April 2001 – June 2004, Deputy Commander USAF Band of Liberty, Hanscom AFB, MA

  4. June 2001 – September 2007, Flight Commander, The USAF Band, Bolling AFB, DC

  5. September 2007 – August 2011, Commander, USAF Band of the West, Lackland AFB, TX

  6. August 2011 – July 2014, Commander, USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL

  7. July 2014 – July 2015, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL

  8. July 2015 – October 2018, Commander USAF Band of the Pacific, Yokota AB, Japan

  9. November 2018 – Present, Commander USAF in Europe Band, Ramstein AB, Germany


Meritorious Service Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster

Army Commendation Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Navy Achievement Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 1 oak leaf cluster

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with 1 oak leaf cluster

Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with 1 bronze star

Air Force Recognition Ribbon

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon



Private First Class November, 1992

Specialist October, 1993

Second Lieutenant April 5, 2001

First Lieutenant April 5, 2003

Captain April 5, 2005

Major December 1, 2010

Lieutenant Colonel April 1, 2016


Current as of 1 October 2018