|LCDR Joshua Kristenson
Lieutenant Commander Kristenson, a native of Franklin, Massachusetts, enlisted in the Navy, completed nuclear power training and served as a staff instructor until he began his officer ascension training. A three-sport varsity athlete at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, LCDR Kristenson graduated with honors in 2004 with a degree International Finance. He was commissioned through Enlisted Commissioning Program within the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Afloat, LCDR Kristenson served as Auxiliaries Officer in USS BOXER (LHD 4), Plankowner Navigator in USS KIDD (DDG 100), Operations Officer in USS FORREST SHERMAN (DDG 98), and Operations Officer in LCS CREW 203 including tours in USS CORONADO (LCS 4) and as a Plankowner in USS JACKSON (LCS 6).
Ashore, LCDR Kristenson studied Chinese (Mandarin) at the Defense Language Institute and served as an Olmsted Scholar (Class of 2009) in Beijing, China. He was awarded a Master’s degree in the field of International Development at China’s prestigious Tsinghua University.
LCDR Kristenson’s personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), and various unit and campaign awards.