Senior Airman Nolgee Vazquez serves as a bassist in the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific, Hawaii. Originally from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, his Air Force career began in 2016.
SrA Vazquez graduated from Escuela Libre de Música Ernesto Ramos Antonini in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico in 2009. Before joining the USAF, SrA Vazquez was studying at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Gabriel Rodriguez, Pedro Perez and Eddie Gomez.
In 2008, he won an audition to be part of FOSJA (Festival of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Americas) and had the opportunity to perform with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra along with many distinguished young musicians from the entire island, under the direction of Roselin Pabon. Prior to his enlistment, SrA Vazquez had the opportunity to perform with Jazz Trumpet Artist Charlie Sepulveda, Jerry Rivera and many others Latin American artists. He also worked for many urban artists, such as Latin Grammy Award winner Farruko and Latin Grammy Nominee Ivy Queen. In 2019, he deployed to the Middle East supporting Operation Inherent Resolve with the pop group Mobility, performing in Qatar, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Afghanistan, and Egypt as part of the AFCENT Band.
2009 High School Diploma - Escuela Libre de Musica Ernesto Ramos Antonini de San Juan
November 2016 - Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
February 2017- September 2021 USAF Band of the Golden West Travis AFB, California
September 2021 – Present, USAF Band of the Pacific, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
1. Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf cluster 2. Meritorious Unit Award 3. AF Good Conduct Medal
4. National Defense Service Medal
5. Afghanistan Campaign Medal
6. Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
7. Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
8. AF Longevity Service
9. AF Training Ribbon
2019 Airman of the 1st Quarter
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class - February 2017
Senior Airman - March 2019