Colonel Karen Briggman is a native of Sulphur, Louisiana and is a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Colonel Briggman joined the Army Reserves in 1987 under the Delayed Entry Program. At the rank of Sergeant, she joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps and in 1994 was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant into the Military Intelligence Corps.
She is a career Army Intelligence officer with assignments at Fort Meade, Maryland; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Belvoir, Virginia and deployments to Operation DESERT STORM; Operation PROVIDE REFUGE; Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Colonel Briggman is currently serving on the faculty at the National Defense University where she leads the C4ISR Industry Study at the Eisenhower College. Colonel Briggman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Southwestern Louisiana; Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College; and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from United States Army War College. She is a graduate of the Military Intelligence Officer Basic and Advanced Courses as well as the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Her awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.