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CHRISTINA ST. CLARE
LIEUTENANT COMMANDER, US NAVY, RETIRED
Christina St. Clare is a 20-year career Naval Officer and pioneer woman tactical aircraft Radar Intercept Officer. She is the first woman of color and one of the first three women to integrate Naval Aviation’s Tactical Air community. Her extensive aviation background includes designation as a TACAIR mission commander, tactical air-to-air and air-to-ground mission planner, enemy air-to-air weapons subject matter expert and flying air sorties as enemy air forces for simulated enemy air-to-air combat training.
During her career, Christina was assigned to a variety of Duties as a Naval Officer. She served as the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON Aviation Fuels Manager providing oversight of the operation, and maintenance of the carrier’s 3.3-million-gallon aviation fuel system; scheduling and briefing the Commanding Officer and bridge crews on the receipt of 13.4 million gallons of fuel during underway replenishments. She led, managed, coached and mentored over 130 personnel in the daily operations, administrative duties, safety, fueling, defueling, and training programs and requirements. She scheduled and requisitioned the carrier’s supply of aviation gasoline for nine aircraft squadrons, and daily defueling and refueling of over 70 aircraft.
Christina served as the U.S. Atlantic Fleet Aviation Safety Officer, spearheading aviation mishap investigations involving major aircraft systems, aircrew and maintenance personnel performance, and land and aircraft carrier operations resulting in loss or potential loss of aircraft and/or loss of aircrew. She also headed and provided oversight of daily activities for Air Wing aviation safety and administration in support of the service, maintenance, and operations of seven East Coast Fighter Squadrons, overseeing two multi-million-dollar aircraft simulator operating and maintenance program budget, scheduling, vendor/client relations and policy/procedure development.
Christina led and managed sixteen military and two civilian DOD personnel in submission of awards, performance evaluations, travel, and publications management: and two civilian DOD personnel. While serving as the Plans Chief of United States Central Command’s Strategic Communication Directorate, Christina was hand-picked to lead Joint Service and contractor manned planning for strategic communication operations, synchronization of media research, analysis, and production of all-source intelligence of media and perceptions of audiences in countries within the United States Central Command’s Area of Responsibility (AOR). She served as the key advisor and supervisor of Joint Service military and contractor personnel to provide planning, production and analysis of all-source intelligence, media, and social science research to educate and inform commanders of the social and tribal influences at play within the USCENTCOM area of responsibility.
Christina received multiple awards spanning her career, including two Air Medals for hazardous operations while patrolling the No-Fly Zone in the Middle East, Navy Marine Corp achievement and commendation medals, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for career accomplishments.
After her retirement in 2007, Christina formed a limited liability company consulting for United States Central Command’s Information Operations Division. She provided subject matter expertise in planning, coordinating, managing, and integrating the execution of Information Operations (IO), Special Technical Operations (STO), Electronic Warfare (EW), Space and Cyber Operations, during peacetime, contingency, and wartime operations in support to USCENTCOM. She regularly coordinated with, and briefed high level Joint Staff, Unified Command Staffs, supporting component and service staffs and U.S. Government agencies on all targeting and planning matters pertaining to IO, Space and Cyberspace policy, authorities, and activities.
Currently, Christina is volunteering with Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding assisting riders with special needs in her home state of New Mexico. She is a wife and mother of a 17-year-old son, and an avid console gamer.