Lieutenant Colonel Kristina Dempsey is the Commander of the 627th Communications Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. As commander, Lt Col Dempsey is responsible for organizing, training, equipping, and leading 140+ Airman and civilian personnel supporting combatant command requirements and providing command, control, communications, and computer support to the largest joint base in the Department of Defense, totaling over forty-nine thousand joint personnel. Additionally, she is also responsible for the operation and execution of the Executive Airlift Communications Network (EACN) mission, providing 24/7 secure/non-secure communication services in support of POTUS, VPOTUS, SECSTATE, SECDEF, CCDRs, Joint Chiefs and other national senior leaders. Prior to assuming command, she served as an Information Operations Instructor at Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia.
Lieutenant Colonel Dempsey was commissioned in 2005 as a graduate of California State University San Bernardino Reserve Officer Training Corps. She has served in a variety of positions at base level along with tactical communications, cyber, and information operations. Including a tour in Afghanistan. Her staff assignments include Numbered Air Force, Major Command and the Joint Staff.
2005 Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration/Management, California State University San Bernardino, Ca.
2006 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2006 Expeditionary Aerospace Force (EAF) Communications Officer Training (ECOT), Keesler AFB, Miss.
2007 Communication Officer Network Training Course, Keesler AFB, Miss.
2007 AOC Initial Qualification Training, Communications Course (AOCIQCOM), Hurlburt Field, Fla.
2010 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2010 Master of Arts, Human Resource Management, Trident University, Cypress, Ca.
2015 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. (by correspondence)
2021 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. (by correspondence)
1. Sep 2005 – Sep 2008, Communications Planner, then Information Assurance Officer, then Project Manager, then Chief, Combined Air & Space Operations Center (CAOC) Communications System Branch, then Executive Officer, 612th Air Communications Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Az.
2. Sep 2008 – July 2012, Flight Commander, Plans and Resources, then Flight Commander, Operations, 9th Communications Squadron, Beale AFB, Ca.
3. Nov 2010 – July 2011, Flight Commander, Plans and Programs, 445th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, Shindand AB, Afghanistan.
4. Aug 2012 – Jul 2015, Net-Centric Capabilities Assessment Officer, then Requirements and Implementation Assessments Officer, Joint Staff J6 Deputy Director for Cyber and Command, Control, Communications and Computers Integration (DD C5I), Data and Services Division (DSD), Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Va.
5. Aug 2015 – Jun 2016, Chief, A6 Director’s Action Group, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
6. Jul 2016 – Jun 2017, Executive Officer, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, A6 Directorate, Scott AFB, Ill.
7. Jul 2017 – Jul 2018, Deputy Division Chief, Office of the Inspector General, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
8. Aug 2018 – Aug 2020, Director of Operations, 60th Communication Squadron, Travis AFB, Ca.
9. Sep 2020 – Jul 2022, Cyber Course Director & Instructor, Joint Forces Staff College, Joint Command, Control and Information Operations School (JC2IOS), Norfolk, Va.
10. Aug 2022 – Present, Commander, 627th Communications Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wa.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. Aug 2012 – Jul 2015, Requirements & Implementation Assessments Officer, Joint Staff J6, Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Va.; tasked to Deputy Director for Cyber and Command, Control, Communications and Computers Integration (DD C5I), Data and Services Division, as a Captain
2. Sep 2020 – Jul 2022, Cyber Course Director & Instructor, Joint Forces Staff College, Joint Command, Control and Information Operations School (JC2IOS), Norfolk, Va., as a Lieutenant Colonel
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air and Space Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Sept. 23, 2005
First Lieutenant Sept 23, 2007
Captain Sept. 23, 2009
Major Feb 1, 2015
Lieutenant Colonel Aug 1,2020
(CURRENT AS OF Sep 2022)