SHARP Director's Corner

Colonel Christopher H. Engen, U.S. Army
Director, SHARP Academy


Colonel Christopher Engen assumed duties as the Director, Army SHARP Academy, on June 27, 2017.

Colonel Engen was commissioned in the Armor branch in 1991, graduating from the United States Military Academy. He has served in a variety of leadership and staff positions including Tank Platoon Leader, Battalion Adjutant, Brigade Combat Team Maintenance Officer, Tank Company Commander, Headquarters Company Commander, U.S. Corps of Cadets Tactical Officer and Chief of Plans, Division Chief of Training, Cavalry Squadron Operations Officer and Executive Officer, Brigade Combat Team Operations Officer and Executive Officer, Cavalry Squadron Commander, and Mission Command Training Program Deputy Chief of Operations Group. During his most recent assignment at the NATO Joint Warfare Center he served as the Opposing Forces Chief, Directorate Executive Officer, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Exercises, Training, and Innovation.

Colonel Engen’s military education includes the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced courses, Scout Commander Certification Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Joint Firepower Control Course, and the Command and General Staff College. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Relations from the U.S. Military Academy, and a Master of Science Degree in Leader Development and Counseling from Long Island University.

Colonel Engen’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with five Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal from the Government of Kuwait, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutists Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.