HomeBandsU.S. Air Force Band of the Golden WestAbout UsPaula Goetz

senior master sergeant paula goetz

Senior Master Sergeant Paula M. Goetz is a Superintendent and Vocalist with the USAF Band of the Golden West, Travis AFB, CA.  Originally from Clarksville, TN, she began her Air Force career in 2003.  Her military career, however, began in 1992 with her enlistment in the US Army as a Linguist-Interrogator with language training in Russian.


Master Sergeant Goetz is a 1992 graduate of Austin Peay State University where she earned a Bachelor of Vocal Music.  She was introduced to the arena of military music during her tenure with the US Army Europe Band and Chorus in Heidelberg, Germany.  She has also deployed to Southwest Asia in 2005, 2008, 2016 and 2018 in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Inherent Resolve and Resolute Support, entertaining troops throughout such countries as Iraq, Afghanistan, Kenya, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan and United Arab Emirates,



1992 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Music, Austin Peay State University

1994 Russian Basic Course, Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey CA

2004 Airman Leadership School

2007 Associate Degree in Fine & Applied Arts Music, Community College of the Air Force

2010 Non-Commissioned Officer Academy

2014 Professional Manager Certification

2017 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy



1. December 1992 - February 1993 Fort Jackson, SC

2. February 1993 - March 1994 Presidio of Monterey, CA

3. April 1994 - June 1994 Fort Huachuca, AZ

4. June 1994 - June 1995 Dexheim, GE

5. June 1995 August 1998 Heidelberg, GE

6. February 2003 - August 2009 Travis AFB, CA

7. August 2009 – August 2012 Yokota AB, JP

8. October 2012 Travis AFB, CA



Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Army Commendation Medal

Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War On Terrorism Service Medal

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border

Air Force Small Arms Expert Ribbon with one bronze star



Senior Airman (Specialist, US Army) December 1992

Staff Sergeant September 2003

Technical Sergeant July 2007

Master Sergeant July 2011

Senior Master Sergeant June 2017


 (Current as of June 2016)