Lt. Col. Khrysten Grace attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, SC, in 2004 and received her commission into the AG Corps from Officer Candidate School at Fort Moore, GA. She also obtained functional area designation to serve as a Public Affairs Officer.
Her first assignment was with the 211th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in Bryan, TX, followed by an assignment to the 345th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in San Antonio, TX, with a deployment to Afghanistan. Following the deployment, LTC Grace served an active-duty tour as the Brigade S-1, 479th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, OK. LTC Grace’s other assignments include: Commander, 345th Public Affairs Detachment (TPU); Battalion S-1, 1-289th Training Support Battalion, Houston, TX (TPU); Public Affairs Officer, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Atlanta, GA (TPU); HR Plans and Operations Officer, United States Army Reserve Command, Fort Liberty, NC (ADOS); G-1, 143d Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Orlando, FL (AGR), Secretary of the General Staff, 143d Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait (deployed), HHC Commander, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, KY, and Executive Officer to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, KY.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from University of Wisconsin-River Falls, WI (2002), a Master of Science degree in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Creighton University, NE (2013), and a Master of Science in Military Operational Studies from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS (2020). Her military schools include the Adjutant General Officer Basic Course, Public Affairs Officer Qualification Course, Adjutant General Captain’s Career Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Mobilization Planners Course, and Command and General Staff Officer Course (resident), Defense Strategy Course, and the Reserve Component National Security Course.
She has one combat tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and one non-combat tour in support of Operation Spartan Shield (Kuwait). Her major awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign medal w/ two campaign stars, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.