Cris Obreiter

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Natalia Obreiter (Cris)
Office Associate II
(269) 387-8120 or (800) WMU-ROTC
(269) 387-8112
1010A Campus Services Building, Mail Stop 5249
Mailing address: 
Department of Military Science and Leadership
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5249 USA

Cris Obreiter, office associate in Western Michigan University's Department of Military Science and Leadership, is originally from Ft. Worth, Texas, but moved to Kalamazoo, Mich., with her family after a nine-year detour to Altus, Okla. She is married with two children. Obreiter met her husband in Honduras while on temporary assignment. They were both in the United States Air Force and while in Honduras discovered they were actually stationed at the same base stateside.

Obreiter joined the Air Force after high school graduation in hopes of seeing the world. For her first assignment she was stationed in Altus AFB, Okla., where she spent her entire nine-year military career. During that time she worked as an aircraft mechanic on the KC-135, an administrative specialist in the Safety Office, staff reporter for the base paper, and chief of community relations for the base, finishing in the Quality Improvement Office. She also served as security police augmentee, where she patrolled the base, provided entry control support, issued tickets and made arrests. She was trained in riot control and use of various weapons. This training qualifies her to handle students in a kind, yet efficient, manner.

While in the military, Obreiter received the National Defense Service Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

Obreiter has more hobbies than she can mention, and is willing to try anything once—except jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft. She enjoys sewing, cooking, gardening, reading, theatre, museums and attending cultural events. She also enjoys a good hockey game, stock car race or any other sporting activity where a spontaneous fight or crash might occur. She is still waiting to see anything exciting happen during a round of golf.

She began working at Western Michigan University in 1994 in the College of Health and Human Services' rural health education program.