Rear Adm. Christopher Engdahl is a native of South Bend, Indiana and the son of a Navy chaplain. He is a 1990 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in History and was commissioned as an Ensign. He completed Naval Nuclear Power training and graduated from the Naval War College with a Master of Science in National Strategic Studies.
His initial sea tour was as damage control assistant onboard USS California (CGN 36). Subsequent sea tours include duties as nuclear quality assurance officer and reactor training assistant on USS Nimitz (CVN 68), operations officer on USS Fletcher (DD 992), executive officer onboard USS Rentz (FFG 46) and commanding officer on USS Elrod (FFG 55). His most recent at sea command was as commander, Destroyer Squadron Nine. During these tours, he has deployed numerous times, participated in countless exercises and had the greatest fortune to lead Sailors at sea.
Ashore he served as department head instructor, steam engineering directorate at the Surface Warfare School Command, Newport Rhode Island and as a strategic planner for the War on Terrorism Directorate on the Joint Staff (J5). He also served as director for Surface Nuclear Programs at Navy Personnel Command Millington, Tennessee and was the executive assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel. He most recently served as chief of staff to Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific.
Engdahl is the 68th president, Board of Inspection and Survey. He is responsible for assessing the material readiness of the fleet.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards) and various unit and campaign awards.