Kristopher Dendtler is currently an MSIII Cadet entering his Junior year at Syracuse University. He was voted as the Student Veteran of the month for November 2016 and is an active member of the Syracuse University Student Veterans Organization. He is pictured above with his wife Stephanie Dendtler, who spent her undergraduate years at Niagara University then pursued her Masters at St. John Fisher College. She is currently working as a Special Education teacher.
Cadet Dendtler enlisted in the United States Army in 2010. After completing Infantry training and Airborne training at Fort Benning, GA he was assigned to Battle Company 1-32 Infantry with 3rd BDE 10th MTN Division at Fort Drum, NY. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from March 2011 to March 2012 as a SAW gunner and RTO to Zhari District, Kandahar Afghanistan.
Upon return Cadet Dendtler was selected for the Division Pathfinder Company, and passed Pathfinder School. He deployed again to Afghanistan from April 2013 to January 2014 to Logar Province as a Team Leader for an Extraction Squad. After his promotion to Sergeant he attended Warrior Leaders Course and graduated on the Commandants List. He attended the Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course, Urban Combat Leaders Course, Mountain Athlete Warrior Course, and Master Driver Course. He maintained his role as a Squad Leader until separating in August 2016 from Active Duty to pursue a commission through Green to Gold at Syracuse University.
His awards and decorations include: The Combat Infantryman’s Badge (for participating in active ground combat while assigned to an infantry unit), The Parachutist Badge, The Pathfinder Badge, 3 Army Commendation Medals, 5 Army Achievement Medals, 2 Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Expert Marksmanship Badge.
Upon graduation in May 2018, Cadet Dendtler will reenter Active Duty service as a 2nd Lieutenant.