Major Christina Fanitzi hails from Milton, New York and proudly serves as a Military Intelligence Officer. In 2003, she graduated from The George Washington University and received her commission from Georgetown University’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, where she was recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate and GWU Baer Award for Individual Excellence recipient.
She entered active duty immediately upon graduation and served as the Service Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in the 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation), Camp Humphreys, Korea, where she was selected as the 501st Military Intelligence Brigade’s General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award nominee. Following her year-long Korean tour, she earned a position as a Performer in the 2005 United States Army Soldier Show, touring nearly all CONUS military installation as well as those in Republic of Korea, Japan, and Alaska, before reporting to serve as Special Security Officer in the Headquarters, 1st Armored Division, Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Germany.
In 2008, Christina deployed with 2nd Brigade Combat Team , 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the BCT’s Human-Counterintelligence Manager (S2X). As part of the Surge Campaign, Christina was responsible for supporting the BCT’s targeting efforts by leading over 11 Human Collection Teams, the entirety of the BCT’s interrogation operations, and establishing both a BCT translation cell and Mobile Site Exploitation Training Package for the Iraqi Army to foster mission transition from US to Iraqi Soldiers. During the 15-month deployment, she assumed command of the 502nd Military Intelligence Company (Direct Support) serving as the unit’s commander through their redeployment, garrison refit operations, and preparation for their deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
At the completion of Company Command and the MI Captain’s Career Course, Christina entered The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth as a Masters of Business Administration Candidate. As Tuck’s Armed Forces Alumni Association President, she offered one of eight TED-style talks at the Dartmouth: On Purpose Conference and sat as a panelist on The Leadership Upper Valley’s annual dinner. Her talk, which engaged local community leaders on the difficulties transitioning combat veterans face, was featured on both Vermont and New Hampshire Public Radio shows.
Her legacy in the Upper Valley will be “Upper Valley Serves”, an annual 5/10K for Veterans, which she organized and executed to create Team Red, White, and Blue New Hampshire, the chapter she founded to expand the organization’s national presence. Identified as one of 200 global leaders of tomorrow, MAJ Fanitzi attended the 2012 St. Gallen Global Leadership Symposium, “Facing Risk”, where she worked with and challenged global leaders of today.
She is a graduate of The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she earned her Master of Business Administration and distinction as the Julia Stell Award recipient, and Military Intelligence Captain’s Career and Counterintelligence Special Agent Courses at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, with honors.
Her military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Meritorious Unit Citation (1 OLC), Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 2), and German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold).
PL300: Military Leadership