LTC Christopher B. Wells
LTC Christopher B. Wells is a Special Forces officer with over 24 years of service. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve as an engineer in 1989 and later received his commission with a BA in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1995. He was branched as an Intelligence Officer but was detailed to serve as an Infantry Officer until he was promoted to Captain.
LTC Wells’ first assignment was to the 1st of the 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, where he served as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and Battalion Adjutant. During his time with the 3rd Infantry Division, he deployed to Kuwait to participate in INTRINSIC ACTION, which transitioned into Operations DESERT THUNDER. He later deployed to Qatar to participate in Combined U.S. and Qatari exercises, and also to Egypt in 1999 to participate in Joint Combined exercise BRIGHT STAR.
Between 1999 and 2000, LTC Wells attended the Military Intelligence Captains Career Course. Subsequently, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and served as an Intelligence Officer as part of the G2 Operations Staff.
After the events of 911, LTC Wells attended the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC); in 2002, he graduated the SFQC and was then assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) based at Fort Bragg, NC.
During his tenure with the 3rd Special Forces Group, LTC Wells deployed on five combat tours to Afghanistan. As a Special Forces detachment commander, he commanded Special Forces Operational Detachments Alpha (ODAs) 321 and 324. As a detachment commander from 2003-2006, he served as the senior advisor to the newly formed Afghan National Army’s 1st Kandak, Presidents Guard in Kabul; Troop Leader for the Crisis Reaction Element (CRE) in Kandahar; and as the senior ODA commander at Firebase Tycz in the volatile Oruzgan Province, Deh Rahwod. During his time at Firebase Tycz, he was the ground forces commander during the Battle of Syahchow and Operations ACHILLES STRIKE I and II. During his 2007 tour, he served as the Task Force-31 future operations officer. In that capacity, he led the planning efforts in support of Operations MEDUSA and BAAZ TSUKA.
From 2007-2008, LTC Wells attended the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) at Maxwell Air Force Base, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art and Science. From 2008-10, he served as the Operations Officer for the new 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group. During that time, he helped to establish the battalion from a 10 man cell to a full operational SF Battalion. In 2010, he deployed with 4/3 SFG to Afghanistan as the Task Force-34 Battalion Operations Officer and authored the Village Stability Operations (VSO) campaign plan, IRON VISION, for Regional Command-South East.
Upon returning from his last combat tour, then MAJ Wells was selected to command D Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), which oversees the final phase of the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC) and runs the world renowned Unconventional Warfare exercise, ROBIN SAGE, from Camp MacKall, North Carolina.
Upon conclusion of his company command, LTC Wells was selected to become the chief of the newly established Village Stability Operations (VSO) Support Cell at the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida. As the VSO Support Cell Chief, LTC Wells was responsible for planning, preparing, and executing multiple Joint SOF Academic Week (JSAW) programs of instruction for SOF operators and SOF partners from across the services. These JSAW events were designed to prepare SOF elements for future operational deployment in Afghanistan as VSO lead agents.
LTC Wells’ combat decorations include the Silver Star Medal for his actions during the Battle of Syahchow; Bronze Star Medal with four oak leaf clusters; the NATO Medal for his contributions to Operation MEDUSA; and Combat Infantrymen’s Badge (CIB). In addition, LTC Wells has been awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (JUMA), the Valorous Unit Award (VUA), and a Meritorious Unit Citation (MUC) for service in Afghanistan with Task Force-31. Additional decorations include: Airborne Jumpmaster Wings, Military Freefall Wings, Ranger Tab, Special Forces Tab, and Green Beret.
HHBn ensures the readiness for the USARPAC Headquarters, Staff and all
attached units in order to support the USARPAC Commanders Theatre Army
Strategy for the Asia-Pacific. O/O, deploy and provide unit level command
and control and sustainment support to deployed USARPAC elements while
sustaining support to the Main Command Post (MCP) in garrison.