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Lt. Col. Chris Mariani is a native of Nashua, New Hampshire. He enlisted in the Army in 1990 and spent three years working on the Hawk Missile system at Fort Hood, Texas, and Giebelstadt, Germany, and three years as a flight operations specialist at Fort Rucker, Alabama, and Katterbach, Germany. In 1996 he accepted a Green-to-Gold scholarship and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management and commission from Alabama A&M University in May 1999.
After the completion of flight school, Mariani served as the Executive Officer for B Company, 3-58th Aviation Regiment in Katterbach. He then moved to Giebelstadt and served as an Executive Officer and Platoon Leader in B Company, 3-158th Aviation Regiment which included a deployment in 2003 to Iraq for OIF I with Task Force Griffin. Upon redeployment he attended the Aviation Captains Career Course and then returned to Giebelstadt and rejoined the 12th Aviation Brigade. He quickly deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan, in 2005 and served as a Brigade Battle Captain for Task Force Griffin. Upon redeployment, the brigade moved to Katterbach and redesignated as 12th Combat Aviation Brigade. Mariani assumed command of B Company, 3-158th Aviation Regiment in 2006 and deployed the unit to Balad, Iraq, in July 2007. During the deployment he relinquished command of the company and served as the Brigade Battle Major for Task Force Griffin at Taji. Upon redeployment, he moved to Mannheim, Germany, and assumed command of G Company, 52nd Aviation Regiment for the next two years. In 2010, he returned to the U.S to attend the Master of Business Administration program at Appalachian State University followed by the resident ILE course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Mariani arrived at Joint Base Lewis McCord, Washington, in 2012 and was assigned to the I Corps G3 Air. After 8 months, he was reassigned to 2-158th Assault Helicopter Battalion as the Operations Officer and deployed with Task Force Warhawk to Shindand, Afghanistan, in 2014. During the deployment he became the Task Force Executive Officer and successfully redeployed the unit to JBLM. In the summer of 2015, Mariani was assigned as the Operations Officer of the United States Army Joint Test Element at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland.
Mariani’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal (V7), Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, Combat Action Badge, Army Senior Aviator Badge, Airborne Badge and Air Assault Badge.
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