Chris comes from a long family history of military service. His father, grandfather and several uncles served in the military, and he was introduced to the Marine Corps by his father. After high school, Chris joined the Marine Corps and served six years. He then joined the Army National Guard to continue his education. While in the Guard, he was deployed to Iraq. There, his appreciation for American wealth, values and opportunities became keenly heightened by witnessing the economic disparity and social hardships endured by the Iraqi people, especially children.
Upon graduation from Texas A&M, it is Chris’ ambition to teach as a professor and launch various outreach programs that will allow him to help others. As a professor, Chris wants to teach classes that will apply his experiences in the Marines and Army. He says the military exposed him to a strong sense of service, and other cultures and he believes he can challenge students to critically engage important topics regarding warfare, citizenship and other cultures.
Chris also has a passion for helping other military members and is learning from the Deptherapy Foundation, which helps wounded veterans with rehabilitation and the physical challenges of PTS through scuba diving. He intends to work with this or similar organizations to develop a program that includes basic archaeological training. Chris believes his military experience and professional education will provide the credentials to connect with veterans in order to help serve them.