Captain Frances Crystal Kauhl enlisted the Army Reserves in April 2001 and attended basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. She attended advanced individual training at Fort Lee, Virginia for MOS 92F, Petroleum Supply Specialist, graduating from the program in December 2001. Her first duty station was in Niagara Falls, New York, where she served her entire initial enlistment, with the 277th Quartermaster Company. Captain Kauhl earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, with minors in music and sports management from Florida Southern College in April 2006, and commissioned through the Florida Southern College ROTC Program. She received a Masters of Arts in Education in November 2011 from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing a doctorate of Educational Leadership from University of Phoenix and a second Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Merchandising from Kent State University.
Captain Kauhl attended Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC) Phase II at Fort Benning, Georgia, and the Adjutant General (AG) BOLC at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, in September 2006. She was assigned to the 912th Postal Platoon in Orlando, Florida, as a postal platoon leader. Captain Kauhl graduated from the postal basic and supervisory course in January 2007. She has also graduated from the unit mobilization augmentee course, equal opportunity course, observation controller trainer course, unit victim advocate, and the school of cadet commandâ€™s senior military of science instructor course. Captain Kauhl was then assigned to the 3-348th Infantry Battalion at Camp Blanding, Florida as the Battalion S-1 from July 2007 â€“ August 2009, from August 2009 â€“ June 2010 served as the HHC Executive Officer and from July 2010- February 2011 served as the Brigade Public Affairs officer for the 158th Infantry Brigade at Camp Shelby, Mississippi.
Captain Kauhl mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, from March 2003 to August 2003. She was mobilized again in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, from June 2006 to September 2006. Captain Kauhl was mobilized for a third time in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, from March 2008 to February 2011. Her awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, three Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals, and the Army Service Ribbon.