Navy Flag Officer Biography

Rear Admiral Donna L. Crisp

Commander, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command

Rear Admiral Donna L. Crisp

Rear Admiral Donna L. Crisp is the Commander of the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Accounting Command. She assumed this position in January 2008. 

Crisp is a native of Bay Shore, N.Y., but was raised in Redlands, Calif. She graduated from California State University at Long Beach in 1971.

In October 1974, she was commissioned an Ensign at Officer Candidate School, Newport, R.I. Her first assignment was at Naval District Washington as Protocol Officer and District Public Affairs Officer, with subsequent tours in Security Group, Communications, and Public Affairs in Pearl Harbor. In 1979, following an assignment as Manpower/Personnel Department Head (N1) on the staff of Commander 3rd Fleet, she served as a manpower and budget analyst on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. 

Crisp became Project Officer for Carrier Navy Tactical Data Systems, Weapons Control and Air Traffic Control Programs at Fleet Combat Direction Systems Support Activity, San Diego.

Following tours as Director, Combat Systems Maintenance Training Facility and Tactical Data Systems "C" Schools, she was assigned as Executive Officer and Comptroller at the Integrated Combat Systems Test Facility. From 1988 to 1992, she served as Fleet Personnel Assignment and Distribution Officer and Deputy N1 on the staff of Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet. She then assumed command of Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar, a Department of Defense Level II prison, from June 1992 to May 1994. From June 1994 to July 1996, she served as Director, Distribution Management and Control Division (PERS-46), Program Manager, Permanent Change of Station Funds, Bureau of Naval Personnel.

From August 1996 to January 1999, she commanded Personnel Support Activity, Norfolk, providing pay, personnel and passenger transportation support to one million Sailors, retirees and their family members throughout the East Coast Mid-Atlantic States and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. From February 1999 to December 2001, she served as Director of Manpower, Personnel, and Quality (TCJ1), U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., where she was also selected by the Deputy Commander in Chief to be his Executive Assistant with the additional duty of Director of Staff.

From January 2002 to April 2004, Crisp served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Shore Installation Management on the staff of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. In September 2002, she was designated as Head, Human Resources Officer for all HR officers in the Navy. As Commander Task Force Warrior from April through August 2004, she was responsible for integrating and interfacing the Navy’s Human Capital System and Sea Warrior.

From September 2004 to December 2007, she was the Director for Manpower and Personnel, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 

Crisp is a Master Training Specialist and Secretary of Defense Reengineering Excellence award recipient. Her personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with three gold stars, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, and various other unit and service medals.

Updated: 2 December 2008