Lt Col Cristina Moore Urrutia is Commander and Conductor of the United States Air Forces in Europe Band at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Since assuming command as of November of 2018, she has led the unit in support of the USAFE-AFAFRICA focus on strategic engagement by using the international language of music to expand relationships and foster trust with an increasingly diverse group of allies and partners across the European and African theaters.
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.