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Lieutenant Colonel Cristina M Moore Urrutia

Lt Col Cristina M. Moore Urrutia serves as the Commander and Conductor of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West at Tavis Air Force Base, California, a 60-member musical unit comprised of eight different performing groups with a 5-state area of responsibility serving Air Mobility Command.

Prior to this command, Lieutenant Colonel Moore Urrutia served as the Commander and Conductor of the United States Air Forces in Europe Band, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, a 49- member unit made up of eight musical ensembles that perform more than 350 missions annually throughout a 104-nation area of responsibility. In support of US European Command and US Africa Command Strategic Engagement and Theater Security Cooperation priorities, its mission is to fortify alliances and expand partnerships, invigorate warfighter resiliency, and foster trust and friendship between the United States and diverse populations across the European and African continents

A native of Kimball, Nebraska, Lt Col Moore Urrutia 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. In 2004, Lt Col Moore Urrutia was handpicked to conduct the prestigious Singing Sergeants at The United States Air Force Band, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC. While serving as Flight Commander and Director of the Singing Sergeants and Assistant Conductor of the Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra, she regularly performed for the President of the United States, Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many other senior leaders and distinguished international visitors.

Lt Col Moore Urrutia has served multiple command tours and has deployed on the USNS Comfort as part of Operation CONTINUING PROMISE, reaching thousands across Central, South America, and the Caribbean with the message of partnership and support from the United States. Units under her command have received multiple awards, to include the Colonel George S. Howard Citation for Musical Excellence, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, and the Public Affairs Communication Excellence Award for Best Communication Integration.

Lt. Col Moore Urrutia has conducted for US Presidents and foreign Heads of State at such prestigious locations such as the White House, Arlington National Cemetery, Suresnes American Cemetery and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan, and L’viv Opera House in Ukraine. She led the US musical support of 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 conducted the Singing Sergeants at Ford's Theater in the nationally televised "An American Celebration: A Salute to Our Troops” and was the guest emcee for the PBS special "Salute to Veterans 2011." She has been highly requested as a guest conductor and clinician for multiple military and civilian bands and orchestras worldwide, and has leveraged engagement opportunities in countries such as China, Thailand, Kenya, Ethiopia, Colombia, El Salvador, Poland, and Ukraine, furthering US strategic partnership building objectives in Asia, Central and South America, Europe, and Africa.

EDUCATION

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

ASSIGNMENTS

  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 2019 – Present, Commander US Air Forces in Europe Band, Ramsein AB, Germany

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster
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 Force Outstanding Unit Award with 1 oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with 1 oak leaf cluster
Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with 1 bronze star
Air Force Recognition Ribbon

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Private First Class November, 1992
Specialist 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