Col. Kristin Derda
WMD Joint Chief of Staff


SOURCE OF COMMISSIONED SERVICE OCS


EDUCATIONAL DEGREES

2000, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Bachelor of Science, Management of Technical Operations, Worldwide Campus, Daytona Beach, Florida
2020, United States Army War College, Master of Strategic Studies, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

MILITARY SCHOOLS ATTENDED

2001, Ordnance Officer Basic Course, in residence, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland
2005, Transportation Officer Advanced Course, by correspondence, Fort Eustis, Virginia
2009, Human Resource Management Qualification Course – RC (42H), by correspondence, Fort Jackson, South Carolina
2016, Command and General Staff Officer Course, by correspondence, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
2018, Information Operations Qualification Course – RC (FA30), by correspondence, Northfield, Vermont
2020, United States Army War College, by correspondence, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
2022, Joint Combined Warfighting School, by correspondence, Norfolk, Virginia

PROMOTIONS DATE OF APPOINTMENT

Second Lieutenant 2 September 1999
First Lieutenant 2 September 2001
Captain 5 December 2003
Major 4 November 2009
Lieutenant Colonel 30 September 2014
Colonel 20 July 2020

ASSIGNMENT

1. Jun 2024 – Present, Chief of Staff (AGR), Washington Military Department, National Guard, Camp Murray, Washington
2. May 2023 – Present, Brigade Commander (AGR), 96th Troop Command and 10th Homeland Response Force, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington
3. January 2021 – October 2023, Director of Joint Operations (AGR), Washington National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters, Camp Murray, Washington
4. February 2019 – January 2021, Battalion Commander (AGR), Washington Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion, Camp Murray, Washington
5. October 2017 – January 2019, Executive Officer (AGR), 56th Theater Information Operations Group, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington
6. May 2015 – October 2017, Battalion Commander (AGR), 181 Brigade Support Battalion, 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Seattle, Washington
7. August 2011 – May 2015, Deputy G1 (AGR), Washington Army National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters, Camp Murray, Washington
8. June 2008 – July 2011, Executive Officer (AGR), Washington Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion, Camp Murray, Washington
9. September 2005 – July 2008, Commander (AGR), Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 81st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 81st Armored Brigade Combat Team, Everett, Washington
10. March 2005 – September 2005, Battalion S4 (AGR), 898 Engineer Battalion, 81st Enhanced Separate Brigade, Seattle, Washington
11. February 2004 – February 2005, Battle Captain, Joint Defense Operations Center, 81st Enhanced Separate Brigade, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM II, Balad, Iraq
12. September 2003 – February 2004, Battalion S4, 898 Engineer Battalion, 81st Enhanced Separate Brigade, Seattle, Washington
13. September 2002 – September 2003, Operations Officer, 941st Personnel Service Battalion, Tacoma, Washington
14. September 1999 – September 2002, Platoon Leader, 951st Ordnance Maintenance Company – General Support, Camp Murray, Washington

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS

1. January 2021 – October 2023, Director of Joint Operations, Washington Army National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters, Camp Murray, Washington

SUMMARY OF OPERATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS

1. February 2004 – February 2005, Battle Captain, Joint Defense Operations Center, 81st Enhanced Separate Brigade, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM II, Balad, Iraq

US DECORATIONS AND BADGES

Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Ribbon
Meritorious Service Ribbon (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Achievement Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Star)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with “M” Device and Silver Hourglass)
Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Washington State Achievement Medal
Washington State Emergency Service Ribbon (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Washington State National Guard Service Ribbon (with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Combat Action Badge
Parachutist Badge
Basic Recruiting and Retention Identification Badge (ARNG)

CIVILIAN OCCUPATION

N/A – Active Guard Reserve

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Past President National Guard Association of Washington
National Guard Association of the United States
Association of the United States Army
Military Officers Association of America
Quartermaster Association
Association of Old Crows
Army War College Alumni Association

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

2022 Joint Task Force Commander Training Course, Certificate, United States Northern Command, Colorado Springs, Colorado
2022 Dual Status Commander Qualification Program, Certificate, United States Northern Command, Colorado Springs, Colorado
2024 Level III (JQO) Joint Qualification, Order, Defense Human Resources Activity, Alexandria, Virginia

As of 30 JUN 2024


Former Washington Military Department Chief of Staff

Ronald Weaver - UNK - 2013

Col. Gent Welsh - 2013 - 2016

Col. Jeff Sabatine - 2016 - 2020

Col. Dan Brewer - 2020 - 2023

Brig. Gen. Ken Borchers - 2023 - 2024