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Colonel Christopher Waters is a native of Marietta, Georgia, and earned his commission from the United States Military Academy in 1992. Upon completion of Initial Entry Rotary Wing training, the Scout track, and the Aviation Officer Basic Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama, he served his first tour in the First Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. After a short stint as the aviation brigade S1, COL Waters immediately embraced the cavalry heritage as a scout platoon leader in Delta Troop and later as the S3 Air, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment. In 1996, he returned to Fort Rucker for the Aviation Officer Advance Course.
After completing the Advance Course and Kiowa Warrior Aircraft Qualification Course, COL Waters rejoined 7th Cavalry in the Republic of Korea and served 18 months as troop commander, E Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, Camp Stanton. In 1999, after completing the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, COL Waters was assigned to the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, Flight Concepts Division, where he served as current operations officer, plans officer and troop leader. In 2005, he attended Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. After graduation in 2006, he returned to Flight Concepts Division and served as operations officer and deputy director until 2011.
COL Waters has commanded twice at the battalion level, first in the 5-101 Helicopter Assault Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and again at Flight Concepts Division. He has also executed multiple stints as a joint task force J3 in U.S. Central Command and commanded a regional joint task force in U.S. Africa Command. COL Waters has deployed more than a dozen times in CENTCOM, AFRICOM, U.S. European Command, and U.S. Southern Command. From 2015-2017, COL Waters served as commander, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Ansbach, Germany, where he successfully transitioned the Wings of Victory through the Aviation Restructuring Initiative and integrated rotational aviation regionally aligned forces into U.S. Army Europe.
COL Waters is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and holds two masters degrees in National Security Strategy. He has earned awards typical of 25 years of service, is a Master Army Aviator, and has executed more than 100 Military Freefall and Airborne parachute jumps.
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