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Donna Lynn Chesus Crisp is a retired two-star rear admiral, having served over 30 years in the United States Navy.[1]

Navy staff photo of Admiral Donna Crisp

Rear Admiral Crisp

Naval career[edit | edit source]

Rear Admiral Donna Crisp and Vanuatu President Kalkot Mataskelekele at a repatriation ceremony for U.S. military personnel killed in Vanuatu during World War II. The ceremony took place in Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Republic of Vanuatu on July 31, 2009

Crisp and President Mataskelekele of the Republic of Vanuatu

In 1974, Crisp was commissioned an ensign at Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. Her early career included positions at Naval District of Washington as protocol officer and public affairs officer; security, communications, and public affairs positions at Pearl Harbor, HI; manpower and personnel department head in the 3rd Fleet; weapons control and air traffic control program project officer at Fleet Combat Direction Systems Support Activity in San Diego, CA.[2] She was promoted to rear admiral in 2001.[2] After that, Crisp was Director of Manpower and Personnel Readiness for the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman in Washington, DC. during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Between 2002 and 2004, she was stationed in Oahu with the Navy's Pacific Fleet. In January 2008, she assumed the position of Commander of the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command (JPAC). In that role she represented U.S. government in POW/MIA negotiations with foreign governments and testified before the U.S. Congress.[3] Two videos of her testimonies in 2008 and 2009 are available on the C-SPAN network.[4] The mission of JPAC was to fully account for U.S. servicemembers who were lost during previous conflicts.[1]

Other activities[edit | edit source]

Crisp is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and serves as its national vice-chair of the Commemorative Events Committee. Her focus is the World War I Centennial/Treaty of Versailles.[5]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Crisp was born in Bay Shore, New York, and grew up in Redlands, California. She attended Redlands High School[6] and later graduated from California State University in Long Beach, CA.[2]

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