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Lieutenant Colonel Cristina M Moore Urrutia

Lieutenant Colonel Cristina M. Moore Urrutia serves as Commander and Conductor of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, Travis Air Force Base, California. The 60-member unit, composed of ten musical ensembles, performs more than 350 missions annually throughout a five-state area of responsibility as an ambassador of the Air Force and Air Mobility Command. The unit’s mission is to honor our nation and its military, inspire and invigorate the resiliency of Airmen and their families, and connect with both the American public and vital regional and national partners to build trust and advocate for our nation’s strategic defense priorities.

A native of Kimball, Nebraska, Lt Col Moore Urrutia is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she earned a Bachelor of Music in French Horn Performance and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting in 1995 and 1998 respectively. She began her military career as an enlisted member of the United States Army in 1992, serving 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 assigned to the United States Air Force Band of Liberty, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. Prior to her current position she was the Commander of the United States Air Forces in Europe Band, Ramstein Air Base, Germany which fortified relationships and expanded partnerships across Europe and Africa.

Lt Col Moore Urrutia has served multiple command tours, leading musical ensembles before US Presidents, foreign Heads of State, and many other senior military and civilian leaders at such prestigious locations as the White House and Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan, and Maidan Square in Kyiv, Ukraine. She directed the US musical support for the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, the 70th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, and multiple events across Europe for the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II. Lt Col Moore Urrutia has deployed to Central and South America on the USNS Comfort as part of Operation CONTINUING PROMISE, aided humanitarian efforts for Afghan evacuees during Operation ALLIES REFUGE, and has leveraged engagement opportunities throughout Africa and Asia, using music to bridge cultures and further US strategic partnership building objectives across six continents. Additionally, she conducted the Singing Sergeants at Ford's Theater in the nationally televised "An American Celebration: A Salute to Our Troops,” was the guest emcee for the PBS special "Salute to Veterans 2011," and has appeared as a guest conductor and clinician for multiple military and civilian bands and orchestras worldwide. Units under her command have received multiple awards, to include the Colonel George S. Howard Citation for Musical Excellence, the Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award, the Air and Space Organizational Excellence Award, and the Public Affairs Communication Excellence Award for Best Communication Integration.

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



  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 – Aug 2018, Commander USAF Band of the Pacific, Yokota AB, Japan
  9. Nov 2018 – July 2022, Commander US Air Forces in Europe Band, Ramsein AB, Germany
  10. August 2022 – Present, Commander USAF Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA

Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters
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 and Space Outstanding Unit Award with 1 oak leaf cluster
Air and Space Organizational Excellence Award with 1 oak leaf cluster
Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with 1 bronze star
Air and Space Recognition Ribbon
Humanitarian Service Medal


Private First Class (US Army)  November, 1992
Specialist (US Army) 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