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Staff Sergeant Sierra Kukan

Staff Sergeant Sierra Kukan performs as a vocalist in the United States Band of the Pacific at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. 

Sergeant Kukan was born in Okinawa, Japan and as a military dependent traveled overseas for much of her youth but considers Okinawa to be her hometown. 

In 2014, Sergeant Kukan earned a Bachelor of Music degree with emphasis in Music Marketing from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).  A student of Dr. Gary Mabry, she competed in numerous vocal competitions and was a finalist in the South Texas Region of the 2013 National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition. Prior to joining the Air Force, Sergeant Kukan taught elementary school for two years.

EDUCATION
2014 Bachelor of Music, Music Marketing, University of Texas at San Antonio
2020 Airman Leadership School

ASSIGNMENTS
March 2016-November 2017, Vocalist, USAF Heartland of America Band, Offutt AFB, Neb.
July 2019-October 2019, Vocalist, United States Air Forces Central Command Band, Al Udeid AB, QAT
November 2017-July 2022, Vocalist, Unites States Air Forces in Europe Band, Ramstein AB, DE
July 2022-Present, Vocalist, Unites States Air Force Band of the Pacific, Hickam AFB, HI

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air and Space Commendation Medal
Air and Space Achievement Medal One Oak Leaf Cluster
AF Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION 
Airman First Class January 12, 2016
Senior Airman May 12, 2018
Staff Sergeant Feb 01, 2020

Updated 15 Feb 2024