Colonel Eric Folkestad Colonel Christopher Warner is the US Army Reserve Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C. The Reserve Forces Policy Board serves as an independent adviser to the Secretary of Defense, providing advice and recommendations to the Secretary on strategies, policies, and practices designed to improve and enhance the capabilities, efficiency and effectiveness of the seven Reserve components.
Christopher Warner was commissioned in 1996 from Bryant College, a part of the Providence College Army ROTC program. Colonel Warner was commissioned as an Army Reserve Quartermaster Officer and attended his Officer Basic Course at Fort Lee, Virginia. Upon graduation, he was assigned as the Supply Platoon Leader for the 950th Maintenance Company in Los Alamitos, CA.
Most recently, he was the Deputy Director of Mobilization, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Readiness) after completing his War College education at the Eisenhower School. Other assignments include a brief stint as the Sustainment Planner for the Army Reserve Engagement Team (ARET) for USAFRICOM and Operations Officer, 654th Regional Support Group in Tacoma, WA.
Prior to attending War College, then Lieutenant Colonel Warner served as the Battalion Commander of 2/345th Training Support Battalion, First Army; an Army Reserve unit stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Lieutenant Colonel Warner and his staff prepared the battalion to be selected by the Division (East) Commander for mobilization to Fort Bliss, TX.
In 2006, Captain Warner was a company commander for the 1016th Quartermaster Company that deployed to Iraq as a Medium Truck Company. The unit served for one year in the Central South area of Iraq, logged more than 2 million mission miles and received the Meritorious Unit Citation for its commitment to excellence and mission execution in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Colonel Warner is a Logistics Officer and a graduate of the Eisenhower School with a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies as well as Bryant College in Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Management. He also received an MBA from the University of San Francisco’s School of Management. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Joint Service Achievement Award and the usual decorations expected for an officer of his service.
He has been married for 17 years to a terrific woman from Los Angeles, Stacia, and has two teenage boys. Stephen is 15 and David is 13.
(Current as of Feb 2019)