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Lt Col Cristina Moore Urrutia

 

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.

Lt Col Moore Urrutia has served multiple command tours to include the USAF Band of the West, the USAF Band of Mid-America, , and the USAF Band of the Pacific. In 2009 she deployed on the USNS Comfort as part of Operation CONTINUING PROMISE, reaching thousands across Central, South America, and the Caribbean with the message of partnership and support from the United States. 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, and 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." She has been highly requested as a guest conductor and clinician for multiple Japanese Self Defense Force Bands and leveraged engagement opportunities in countries such as China, Thailand, Indonesia, Morocco, Poland, Bosnia, and Latvia furthering US Strategic Objectives for building partnerships in Asia, Europe, and Africa.
 
EDUCATION
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
 
 
ASSIGNMENTS
  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
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
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
 
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
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