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Brigadier General Kristin K. French (retired)
Brigadier General Kristin K. French became the Principal Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness at the Department of Defense in August 2016. This office serves as an advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of Defense on logistics and materiel readiness in the Department of Defense (DoD).
General French started her military career after graduating from the United States Military Academy, West Point, in 1986 and was commissioned into the Regular Army as a Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps.
In 2011, she assumed command of the 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and in April 2012 deployed the unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She relinquished command in June 2013 to move to Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, as Commanding General, Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command and Joint Munitions Command, and retired from military service in September 2015.
Her command assignments include Alpha Company, 703rd Main Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division (Mech), Kitzingen, Germany; Regimental Support Squadron, 3rd ACR, Fort Carson, CO; 406th Army Field Support Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and 3d Sustainment Command (Exp), Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Her key staff assignments include Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer, 565th Repair Parts Company; Adjutant/S-1, 553rd Supply and Service Battalion, 13th COSCOM, Fort Hood, TX; Class I Officer, Division Materiel Management Center and DISCOM S-4, 3rd Inf Div (Mech), Kitzingen, Germany; Class IX Officer, Corps Materiel Management Center, 1st COSCOM, Fort Bragg, NC; Support Operations Officer, 26th Forward Support Battalion, Division Materiel Officer, Division Materiel Management Center and Deputy G-4, 3rd Inf Div (Mech), Fort Stewart, GA; Operations Officer/S-3, 43rd Area Support Group, Fort Carson, CO; Assistant Chief of Staff, G4, 4th Inf Div (Mech), Fort Hood, TX; Executive Officer to the Director, Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, VA; and Military Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon.
BG French holds a masters degree in Logistics Management, a masters degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College and numerous military leadership courses. She has deployed to Operation Joint Endeavour (Croatia), Operation Desert Fox (Kuwait), Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).
Her awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Clover, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clovers, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Clover, and the Parachutist Badge.