About the Expert
Captain Christa N. Almonte, U.S. Navy, is a foreign area officer specializing in both the Middle East and Indo-Pacific Areas of Responsibility, and most recently served as the senior foreign area officer assignments officer in Memphis, Tennessee. She served as the naval attaché and chief of attaché operations to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from May 2019 to May 2021, earning the distinction of being the first female primary attaché to the kingdom. From June 2015 to October 2017, Captain Almonte served at United States Indo-Pacific Command at Camp H.M. Smith, first as a strategic contingency planner for operations within East and Southeast Asia and subsequently as the executive assistant to the director of J-5 strategic planning and policy directorate. In the Pentagon, she served as the Middle East desk officer monitoring Navy foreign policy within the Levant and Pakistan, and, subsequently, as the deputy executive assistant for deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy.
During two tours in Bahrain, Captain Almonte served as a Navy security cooperation officer at the U.S. embassy, and as Tomahawk strike officer on the Destroyer Squadron staff at the onset of the Iraq War. Her tours at sea include service as operations officer on both a cruiser and destroyer—based in Yokosuka, Japan, and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii—conducting air and ballistic missile defense operations from the Yellow Sea to the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
Captain Almonte holds a master’s degree in organizational management and leadership from George Washington University; a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, including a study abroad at Mansfield College, Oxford; a master’s in joint campaign planning and strategy from the Joint Advanced Warfighting School; and an associate of arts degree in Arabic from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California.
She is a member of the Eleanor Wilson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a women's service organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education, patriotism, and honoring the patriots of the Revolutionary War.