Chris received his commission as an Armor Officer in the United States Army through the ROTC program in May, 1992. Although he spent most of his career in the Kansas and Nebraska Army National Guard as an Armor/Cavalry officer, Chris was mobilized five times and deployed three times over the course of his twenty-three year career. His mobilizations include a peacekeeping tour in Kosovo in 2001, a combat tour with the 101st Airborne Division, and subsequently Multi-National Division North, during the invasion of Iraq and stabilization operations during 2003-2004, hurricane duty in Louisiana and another combat tour with the 67th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn in 2010-2011. In May of 2015, Chris was medically retired from military service for progressive PTSD resulting from his experiences resulting from his overseas deployments.
Chris is married with 4 children ranging in ages from 2 to 14. His service dog, ANTON, is a yellow lab. He is hopeful that his service dog will help him manage crowds, public places, anxiety, depression, hyper-attentiveness and sleep disorders.