Kristoffer Bates

Credentials: Captain

Position title: Assistant Professor of Military Science


CPT Bates enlisted in the Army with the MOS 11B (Infantry) in January 2004. After Completing One Station Unit Training at Ft Benning, Georgia he was assigned to Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. He performed duties as a junior enlisted Soldier to include grenadier, machine gunner, Team Leader and Bradley Gunnery. He deployed to the National Training Center and subsequently to Operation Iraqi Freedom in January 2005 to Samarra, Iraq.

Upon redeploying to Fort Stewart, Georgia in January 2006, CPT Bates continued his duties with Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment and was promoted to SGT.  He deployed to the National Training Center and to Operation Iraqi Freedom in January 2007 in support of the, “surge” to Ramadi, Iraq. During the deployment, he was promoted to SSG and conducted operations primarily as the NCOIC for the Battalion Commanders Personal Security Detachment.

CPT Bates was selected to attend Officer Candidate School and commission in the United States Army in 2008. He attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia and commissioned as an Infantry 2LT, October 2008. After completion of the Basic Officer Leader Course II and the Infantry Officer Basic Leader Course, he completed the US Army Ranger School and US Army Airborne School. He was then assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KS. He performed duties as a Mechanized Infantry Platoon leader and as a Mortar Platoon Leader.

CPT Bates deployed a third time in support of Operation New Dawn to Taji Iraq in November 2010, where his platoon served as the escort element for the Department of State’s Provincial Reconstruction Team-North. During the deployment, CPT Bates was moved to serve as the Executive Officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion 18th Infantry Regiment.

CPT Bates redeployed in November 2011 and conducted reset and recovery operations. He served briefly as a Battalion Assistant S-3 prior to attending the Maneuver Captains Career Course at Fort Benning, Georgia in 2012. Upon completing of Career Course, CPT Bates completed the US Army Pathfinder school and was assigned to serve as the Division Battle Captain in G-3, Current Operations, under the Divisions Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Infantry Division.

CPT Bates was selected to command Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 66th Armored regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. He deployed his company to NTC, where his Battalion fell under the command of 3rd Brigade, 1st Calvary Division. He was selected to command a second company, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 66th Armored regiment and upon completion of command, he was assigned as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and primarily instructs at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.

CPT Bates’ awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Meritorious Unit Citation, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Ribbon, the Iraqi Campaign Medal (w/2 Campaign Stars ), the Global war on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Oversees Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), the Combat Infantry Badge, the Expert Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Pathfinder Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge and the Basic Army Instructor Badge. CPT Bates has his undergraduate degree in political science from Winona State University, and his Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville. CPT Bates is married to the former Johanna Davis, and has two daughters Josephine (3) and Lena (1).