Lieutenant Colonel Pearl H. Christensen, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, is a distinguished military graduate of the University of Central Florida, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies with minors in Business Administration and Military Science. She received her commission as an Aviation 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation in May 2003.
She attended Flight school and the Aviation Officer Basic Course at Fort Rucker, AL and graduated as a CH-47D Chinook aviator in June 2004. Her first assignment was to A Company, 2nd Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, where she served as a CH-47 Platoon Section Leader. She moved with her company to Fort Hood, Texas in May of 2005 to build the 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB). She was assigned to B Company as a Section Leader, where she flew evacuation, resupply, and levy repair missions in support of Task Force Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. She was then assigned to E Company as a Platoon Leader and finally to Headquarters and Headquarters Company were she deployed to The Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana and then deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08 for 15 months as the Battalion S-4, were she flew CH-47D combat and resupply missions around Bagdad, Iraq. Following her deployment, she attended the Aviation Captain Career Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Upon completion of the Aviation Captain Career Course, in 2008, CPT Christensen took command of D Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment (GSAB) at Fort Wainwright, Alaska in charge of coordinating maintenance support for 40 aircraft (UH-60 A/L and CH-47D) while dealing with austere arctic field environments and providing maintenance augmentation to flight companies for operational deployments. Following her company command, she served as the Production Control Officer for C Company, 123rd Aviation (AVIM) also in Fort Wainwright, Alaska where she coordinated all intermediate level aviation maintenance support at Fort Wainwright, Alaska and for the unit's aircraft deployed to Fort Irwin, California in support of multiple National Training Center Rotations. In 2011, CPT Christensen was assigned to 166th Aviation Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas as the Brigade S-4 and later as the Battalion S-3 and an Observer Controller Trainer for 2nd Battalion, 291st Aviation Regiment were she planned for and managed the training for six deploying National Guard units from 11 different states and coordinated for the training of an additional eight National Guard units.
In 2013 following her tour as an Observer Controller Trainer, MAJ Christensen received her transition to the CH-47F aircraft and was assigned back to 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment (GSAB) at Fort Wainwright, Alaska as the Battalion Executive Officer where she deployed to The National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California and then deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom for eight months, flying over 100 hours of CH-47F combat and resupply mission within Regional Command – South. Following this tour she served as the Brigade Executive Officer for the USARAK Aviation Task Force at Fort Wainwright, Alaska overseeing the build of 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (ARB) and D Company, 25th Infantry Division Gray Eagle, the first units of their kind in the state of Alaska. Then in 2016, she was assigned to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center at Hohenfels, Germany as a lead rotational planner where she lead the planning efforts for five separate brigade level multinational training rotations and received the UH-72A Lakota transition, while earning her Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. She then served as the Brigade Aviation Element Observer Controller Trainer on the Brigade Training team (Mustang Team), training five separate U.S. or Multinational airspace management cells and flew over 100 hours of rotational support with the Aviation Battalion Training Team (Falcon Team). Following this assignment, MAJ Christensen was assigned as the Aviation Personnel Synchronization Staff Officer (PERSSO) within the HQDA G-1 staff at the Pentagon, where she analysis aviation authorization changes due to changes within the Army's end strength, staffed actions through the Army Staff up to the Secretary of the Army, and briefed Senior Army leaders on the Aviation Branch.
Her awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5th Award), Air Medal (2nd Award), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal, NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation (2nd Award), Army Superior Unit Award, Senior Army Aviator Badge, and the Army Staff Badge.
Lieutenant Colonel Pearl H. Christensen is married to Erik Christensen and has a daughter Isabella.