SSgt Rachel Wilson, a native of Colorado Springs, CO, serves as a vocalist with the USAF Band of the Pacific in Hawaii. She performs with the popular music ensemble, Hana Hou, and Papana jazz ensemble. Sergeant Wilson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Colorado State University-Pueblo in 2006.
SSgt Wilson joined the U.S. Air Force in 2006 and began her career with The Band of the Golden West at Travis AFB, CA. From there, Sergeant Wilson has enjoyed many assignment opportunities in Germany, Virginia, Texas, Colorado, and most recently, Hawaii.
In 2008, 2010, and 2013, Sergeant Wilson deployed to Southwest Asia as a member of the Air Force Central Command Band. She had the privilege of supporting various military operations by performing for service members and local communities in Qatar, Iraq, Afghanistan, UAE, Oman, Africa, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Kyrgyzstan. While assigned to the United States Air Forces in Europe Band, Sergeant Wilson performed for a variety of military and civilian audiences in support of USAF partnership-building initiatives in over 16 European and Asian nations. While assigned to the USAF Heritage of America Band, SSgt Wilson had the distinct privilege of representing the Armed Forces during a vocal quartet performance of “God Bless America” at the 2013 World Series Game 6 at Fenway Park.
Sergeant Wilson is proud to serve with her fellow Airmen in support of the Pacific Air Force’s international mission. She comes from a proud military family and is grateful for the opportunities the Air Force has provided for her and her family.
2006 Bachelor of Arts, Music Education, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Colorado
2010 Airman Leadership School, Ramstein AFB, Germany
2010 Associates in Applied Science, Music, Community College of the Air Force, Alabama
Jun 2006 – Aug 2006 USAF Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, TX
Aug 2006 – Apr 2009 USAF Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA
Apr 2009 – Sep 2012 US Air Forces in Europe Band, Ramstein AB, Germany
Sep 2012 – Feb 2014 USAF Heritage of America Band, Langley AFB, VA
Feb 2014 – Mar 2016 USAF Band of the West, Lackland AFB, TX
Mar 2017 – Oct 2018 USAF Academy Band, Peterson AFB, CO
Oct 2018 – Present USAF Band of the Pacific, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War On Terrorism Service Medal
2007 Airman of the Year, USAF Band of the Golden West
2007 Public Affairs Award for Communications Excellence, AMC Outstanding Band Airman
2010 John Levitow Award, Airman Leadership School
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class 20 June 2006
Senior Airman 20 April 2008
Staff Sergeant 1 May 2010