US NAVY SEAL & LEAD INSTRUCTOR AT THE PROGRAM
TOPIC: SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS
‘DECISION MAKING UNDER FIRE’
Chris presently serves as a Lead Instructor for The Program, a leadership development and team building company that works with over 200 of the top NCAA collegiate athletic programs across the country.
Chris is a former Petty Officer First Class U.S. Navy SEAL. Beginning in 2004, Chris volunteered for and completed several of the U.S. military’s most challenging training courses, to include Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/s), SEAL Qualification Training (SQT), and Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCM) training at Fort Bragg, NC.
Chris then spent 4 years assigned to SEAL Team Five, Alpha Platoon, and graduated from several advanced training courses including Range Safety Officer, Diving Supervisor, and Naval Special Warfare SEAL Sniper School. He completed two overseas combat deployments in 2008 and 2010 to Fallujah and Baghdad, Iraq where he served as the Lead Sniper and Senior Medic for his 40-man Task Unit.
Chris took part in 66 direct action combat missions and received multiple awards for bravery while under enemy fire, including the Joint Services Achievement Medal and Navy Commendation Medal, both with valor distinguishing devices.
After leaving the SEAL Teams in 2012, Chris worked as a private security contractor in Baghdad, Iraq and as an international security and medical evacuation specialist.