Old Greenwich Native, Lt Kristina Byrne Oberst, to Speak at Memorial Day Ceremony

Old Greenwich native Lt. Kristina Byrne Oberst, U.S. Navy helicopter pilot, will be the guest speaker on Monday, May 27 at the Memorial Day ceremony held in Binney Park at the conclusion of the Old Greenwich Memorial Day parade.

The parade is sponsored by the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department and begins at 10:00 am on lower Sound Beach Ave. It proceeds to Binney Park where a memorial ceremony and flag raising is held.

Lt. Oberst is a graduate of Greenwich High School and the United States Naval Academy.

She earned her naval aviator wings following completion of flight school in Pensacola, FL, and flight training in Milton, FL.

As a member of HSM-72 ‚ÄúProud Warriors,” she deployed for four months on the cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), four months on the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and nine months on the destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82). Those deployments took her to the 4th, 5th, and 6th Fleet areas of operation.

She accumulated over 1000 flight hours in the MH-60R (Romeo), conducting airborne missions in the North Atlantic, Arctic, Caribbean, Mediterranean and Middle East areas of operation.

She later became a Plankowner of the USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28) based in Norfolk, VA where she served as Air Officer and Safety Officer.

She reported to United States Fleet Forces Command in April 2023 where she serves as the Foreign Liaison Officer Program Manager.

She is married to Lt. Scott Oberst, U.S. Navy. Lt. Oberst is the daughter of Megan and Tom Byrne of Old Greenwich.