Lt. Col. Crystal Lauver Provencher, 41, was selected for admission to the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
This degree program educates and develops leaders for service at the strategic level while advancing knowledge in the global application of Landpower, and culminates in a Masters in Strategic Studies.
Provencher is currently the commanding officer of US Army Reserve 478e Engineer Battalion at Fort Thomas, KY.
She is the senior officer responsible for more than 630 soldiers to conduct mobility, counter-mobility, survivability, general engineering, and expeditionary deployment operations.
Provencher currently resides in Phenix City, Alabama, where she is employed full time as a Contracting Officer for the Mission and Installation Contracts Command – Fort Benning office.
Provencher graduated from Clearfield Area High School in 1998. His continuing education includes the US Army Basic Training and Motor Transport Operator School (1998); Brigham Young University – Hawaii (2002, BS – Biology, Cum Laude); University of Hawaii Army ROTC (2002 – Graduate Emeritus); US Army Basic Engineer Course (2004, Distinguished Graduate); Capella University (2010, MS – Leadership); US Army Engineering Captain Career Course (2012); US Army Command and General Staff College (2015, Top 20%); and Defense Acquisition University (Certifications in Contracting and Purchasing).
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (6), Army Achievement Medal, Medal of achievement of Army Reserve components, National Defense Service Medal, World War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, World War on Terrorism Service Medal. , Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device and silver hourglass, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon and Driver Badge.
Provencher’s previous assignments include the operations officer and senior engineer officer for 311e Expeditionary Sustainment Command (Los Angeles, California, and Varpalota, Hungary); Assistant Professor of Military Sciences (University of Missouri – Kansas City, Columbus State University, Texas A&M University – Killeen, Park University); Company Commander, 955e Engineer Company (Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Volcancillo, El Salvador; and Baghdad, Iraq); Support Platoon Leader, 458e Engineer Battalion (Johnstown, PA, and Baghdad, Iraq); heavy equipment operator, 411e Engineer Battalion (Fort Shafter, HI) and Alaska Highway Project (Ketchikan, AK); and motorized transport operator, 629e Transportation company (Clearfield, PA).
Provencher is the daughter of Gary and Carol Lauver, and the granddaughter of the late Samuel and Arnoldine Copenhaver and the late Eddie and Berdie Lauver, all of Clearfield.
She is married to Major Michael Provencher and they have two children, Madeleine and Gabriel.
Major Michael Provencher is on active duty (Army) as the Senior Operations and Project Officer with the Maneuver Capability Development and Integration Branch at Fort Benning, Ga., And simultaneously serves as 113e Commander of the Auburn Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron.
He recently graduated from Air War College and has been selected for an inter-service transfer from the military to the US Space Force for 2021.