Chris Knight is a U.S. Army Retired Veteran with over 20 years of operations experience counting two combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He joined the PTSD Foundation of America in August 2022. He is a graduate of several Army leadership schools including the prestigious United States Army Inspectors General School and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. He is currently attending Western Governors University to obtain a B.S. in Business Administration Management.
Chris served on active duty for 21 years in the Army and Army National Guard. His initial operations experience was in the Mortars Fire Direction Control section of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion 5th Infantry Regiment (Bushmasters). His first deployment was in 2003, to Northern Baghdad, Kadhimiya Province. Subsequently, he served as a brigade operations staff member with the 177th Military Police Brigade with which he completed his second deployment to Iraq, in 2007, for Theater Detainee Operations. He gained quality assurance and investigation experience while assigned to the Michigan Army National Guard’s Office of the Inspector General (IG). After his IG assignment, the Adjutant General of Michigan gave his approval for Chris to serve dual assignment on a command waiver; as the Operations NCO of the 210th Military Police Battalion and as First Sergeant of the 1776th Military Police Company (Renegades). Chris continued to prove he could handle challenges by also completing and graduating from the Sergeants Major Academy during this dual assignment. His final assignment was as the Operations Sergeant Major of the 177th Regional Training Institute.
Command Sergeant Major assignments were in his future, but after losing his son to a tragic motorcycle accident in 2017, Chris decided to retire from the military. Chris felt the need to step back, reset, and find his new purpose after that life-changing experience. Some time passed before he came on as the Director of Camp Hope Operations. During that time he tried his hand at other things, but nothing felt like it was God’s Call to Service. Sadly, Chris also personally knows the loss of losing Brothers in Arms; six combat Veterans that took their own lives while suffering from PTSD. When offered the opportunity to work with the PTSD Foundation of America, Chris thought of the Army’s Warrior Ethos, specifically “Never Leave a Fallen Comrade”. Chris believed directly supporting the Foundation’s mission was his new purpose and a way to help save fellow service members that struggle with PTSD. Saving a Life can Save a Soul!