Colonel Frederick L. Crist was born in Yokosuka, Japan and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania. He began his military career in 1989 as an enlisted Stinger Missile Gunner in the 28th Infantry Division, PA Army National Guard. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1994 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Infantry with a branch detail from the Transportation Corps.
COL Crist’s key leadership assignments include Commander, 597th Transportation Brigade (SDDC), Ft. Eustis, VA; CDR, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3/101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Ft. Campbell, KY and Afghanistan; CDR, 66th Transportation Company, 28th Transportation Battalion, Kaiserslautern, Germany; and Rifle and Anti-Armor Platoon Leader, 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.
His key staff assignments include Executive Officer to the Commander, USTRANSCOM; Chief, Commander’s Action Group (CAG), USTRANSCOM; G-5, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC); Chief of Proponency, Office of the Chief of Transportation; Staff Officer, Army G-3/5/7 Special Operations Division, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Pentagon; Support Operations Officer, 75th Ranger Regiment; J-4, Joint, Special Operations Task Force, Iraq; Operations Officer to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army; Brigade S-4 Maintenance and Transportation Officer, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Vicenza, Italy; Assistant and later Brigade S-4, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, NC.
COL Crist’s military education includes the Army War College Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the School of Advanced Military Studies, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, and the Infantry Officer Basic Course. He holds a Master of Military Art and Science degree from the Advanced Military Studies Program and a Master of Science in Administration degree from Central Michigan University.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (with oak leaf cluster), and the Meritorious Service Medal (with one silver oak leaf cluster). He has earned the Ranger Tab, Expert Infantry Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.