Portrait of DLA Chief of Staff Kristin K. French

French, Kristin K.
Chief of Staff, Defense Logistics Agency

Ms. Kristin K. French is the Chief of Staff at the Defense Logistics Agency. As Chief of Staff, she is charged with leading all headquarters operations and directly supporting six Major Subordinate Commands’ actions in the areas of strategic planning, enterprise integration, organizational governance, strategic communications, legislative affairs, small business programs, protocol, equal opportunity and installation management. Ms. French is directly responsible for over 2,000 personnel and $335 million in contracts that support eleven major DLA installations worldwide, to include 27 distribution depots, 100 disposition facilities and 642 defense fuel support points. She assumed her current position in March 2018.

From July 2016 to March 2018, Ms. French was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and served for 16 continuous months as the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness. In this capacity, she served as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics in the oversight of logistics policies, practices, operations, and efficiencies in support of enhanced readiness to the warfighter. 

Ms. French is a 1986 graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, and was commissioned into the Regular Army as a Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps. She retired from military service as a Brigadier General in November 2015. Prior to her active duty military retirement, she served as the Commanding General for the Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command and the Joint Munitions Command in Rock Island, Illinois. From 2011 to 2013, she served as the Commanding General for 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and in April 2012 deployed the unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

With more than 29 years in uniform, Ms. French served in key command and staff positions worldwide. Her military service includes combat deployments as the Commanding General, Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan and senior operational logistician in Afghanistan, as well as a squadron commander and the senior logistician in western Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She also completed a deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Desert Fox and to Croatia in support of Operation Joint Endeavor.

Ms. French holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy; a Master of Science degree in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology; and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Her military education includes the Quartermaster Officer Basic and Advanced Courses and the Logistics Executive Development Course at Fort Lee, Virginia; U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.

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