TSgt Denise Cardona Santos


SSgt Cardona Santos is originally from Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico. In 2003 she received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music where she was a student of Professor Kathleen Jones. Before joining the Air Force SSgt Cardona also studied with David Finlayson, Jerome Ashby, Jorge Montilla, Luigi Rossi, James Gillespie, John Scott, and Ricardo Morales.

SSgt Cardona Santos enlisted in the Air Force in 2005. Her first duty station was at Lackland AFB, TX with the Band of the West. During this time she was a featured guest artist at Carnegie Hall with the members of the Puerto Rico Conservatory Concert Band. The year prior to enlisting SSgt Cardona Santos was the principle clarinetist of this ensemble which won the call for competition tapes.

In 2007 she was stationed overseas at Sembach AFB, Germany. SSgt Cardona Santos has performed in over twenty foreign countries for many U.S. Ambassadors and Foreign Dignitaries. For her service in Germany, SSgt Cardona Santos was awarded the United States Air Force Commendation medal and Airman of the Year Public Affairs level award for her involvement in building strong foreign relations.

In her free time, SSgt Cardona Santos likes to volunteer in the local community by providing meals to the elderly via the San Antonio Meals on Wheels program. 

2003: Bachelor's Degree Clarinet Performance, Conservatory of Music PR
2005: Basic Military training, Lackland AFB, TX
2011: Airman Leadership School, Lackland AFB, TX
2016: NCO Academy Non-Residence

1. April 2005 - December 2007, Lackland AFB Texas
2. December 2007- January 2010, Sembach, Germany
3. January 2010-w Present, Lackland AFB

National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal

USAFE Band Airman of the quarter 2007
USAFE Band Airman of the year 2008
USAFE Band Airman of the year PA level 2008
USAF Band of the West NCO of the 1st quarter 2015

Staff Sergeant - 01 September 2012

Last updated 04 Nov 2019