Kirk A. Christofferson
Commander, Unites States Navy
Commander Christofferson is a native of Ludington, Michigan. He is a 1997 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1999 and reported to the VIKINGS of Electronic Attack Squadron One Two Nine (VAQ-129) for fleet replacement training in the EA-6B Prowler.
Commander Christofferson joined the YELLOW JACKETS of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Eight (VAQ-138) in July 2000 where he made two extended Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployments, one in USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and one in USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) supporting Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet tasking. During this tour, he served as Mission Planning Officer, Legal Officer, Av/Arm Division Officer and Training Officer and was selected to attend Electronic Attack Weapons School, designated as a Prowler Tactics Instructor (PTI).
In December 2003, Commander Christofferson reported to the VAMPIRES of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine (VX-9) as an Operational Test Director (OTD). During his tour at VX-9, he served as OTD for the EA-6B Prowler Improved Capability Three (ICAPIII) and the EA-18G Growler, cross training in the F/A-18F. While at VX-9, he was responsible for the first integrated developmental and operational test framework for a Navy tactical aviation acquisition program.
In April 2006, Commander Christofferson reported to the GRAY WOLVES of Electronic Attack Squadron One Four Two (VAQ-142) as Assistant Operations Officer, Training Officer and Tactics Department Head. During this tour, he made expeditionary deployments to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Al Asad Air Base, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. In 2007 the GRAY WOLVES earned the Commander Naval Air Forces Battle Efficiency (Battle E) award for excellence.
In November2007, Commander Christofferson reported to the LANCERS of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three One (VAQ-131) for his Department Head tour, where he served as Safety Officer, Administrative Officer and Maintenance Officer. During this tour, he made a WESTPAC deployment in USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) in support of Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM.
In August 2010, Commander Christofferson reported to U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. He was assigned to the Standing Joint Force Headquarters (SJFHQ) element and the J3 directorate as an Operational Planner.
In June 2014, Commander Christofferson reported to the GARUDAS of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Four (VAQ-134) as the Executive Officer.
Commander Christofferson’s personal decorations include the Air Medal (nine Strike/Flight awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars and various achievement, campaign and service awards.