Ms. Elledge is currently the system engineering team lead for NAVAIR/SCRs FOSOV program; UAV product subject matter expert for Booz Allen Hamilton colleagues; and an analyst assigned to defense acquisition document creation as a writer and architect for a variety of Department of Defense programs. She has been involved with the Seafarer Chapter Student Competition for many years and a judge for four of these. Her past involvement in local STEM activities also includes FIRST Tech Robotics team.
After 30 years as a military member, Kerstin retired on 1 April 2012 as a CWO3. She began her career as a cable lineman, tried her hand at computers and finally landed in Intelligence as an Imagery Analyst in 1990. Assignments included her final stretch of 9 years with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Her work within the Imagery Analysis field included training, historical timeline Target Identification and Analysis, Full Motion Video (FMV) and AOR specific assignments. She received her commission as a Chief Warrant Officer 2 (Imagery Technician) in 2007 and promptly deployed to Afghanistan as Deputy Operations Officer for a Special Operations group. During her deployment she was directly involved with the assigned UAV assets, their tasking, products and mission execution. Tracking the mission item of interest, verifying identification, reviewing mission data and storyboard production were critical pieces of her daily responsibilities. Three years after her return from this deployment, she was redeployed and departed in December 2010. Again, she was involved in a multitude of Imagery venues, as the Command Imagery OIC. Commencing her travels in Iraq and then traveling throughout Afghanistan, she ensured that the imagery analysts assigned were able to meet mission requirements and provided the tools that they needed. Toward the end of her time she was charged to create a Joint Service HLZ cel with full support to the Army Helicopter Squadrons providing mission flights.