- Name: Christopher T. Fulton
- Location of Birth: Superior, Wisconsin
- Date of Birth: January 17, 1959
- Date of Death:
- Parents: Max and Anne Fulton
- High School and Class: 1977 - Grand Rapids Senior High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
- College: 1977-1981 - Bachelor of Science (Engineering) - United States Military Academy
1990-1991 - Master of Science (Physical Education) - Indiana University
2008 - Executive Leadership Fellowship Program - Harvard College, JFK School of Government
1982 - Military Education
1985-1984 - Field Artillery Officer Basic Course 2
1985-1986 - Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course
1990 - Combined Arms Services Staff School
1994-1995 - Command and General Staff College
2002-2003 - United States Army War College
- Highest Rank: COL (Colonel)
- Branch: Army
- Other Branch:
- Date Sworn In: July 6, 1977
- Place Sworn In: West Point, New York
- Date of Discharge: May 31, 2011
- Place of Discharge: Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Illinois
Units and Locations:
Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served May, 1981 March, 1982 Office of Director of Athletics, West Point, New York August, 1982 June, 1985 2nd Armored Cavalry, Bindlach, Germany June, 1986 May, 1990 9th Infantry Division Artillery, Ft. Lewis, Washington June, 1991 June, 1994 Department of Physical Education, West Point, New York June, 1995 August, 1998 1st Infantry Division Artillery, Bamberg, Germany August, 1998 June, 2001 2nd Battalion, 80th Field Artillery, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma July, 2001 March, 2003 United States Army War College, Carlisle Barnadel, Pennsylvania March, 2003 June, 2006 Field Artillery Training Center, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma June, 2006 March, 2008 Strategic Command, Omaha, Nebraska March, 2008 June, 2009 Multi-National Security Transition Command, Iraq July, 2009 May, 2011 5th Army with duty in Chicago (FEMA Region 5)
- Military Awards:
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Achievement Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terror Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Army Service Medal
Overseas Service Ribbon
- Military Highlights:
West Point, New York - Graduate Assistant, Men's Gymnastic Program (1981-1982).
Commissioned as 2LT in the Field Artillery Branch, May 27, 1981.
Bayreuth, Germany - Squadron Fire Support Officers, 1st Squadron, 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment (1984-1985), Battery-level Field Artillery positions, Howitzer Battery, 1st Squadron, 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment, (1982-1984).
Fort Lewis, Washington - Battery Commander, Headquarters Battery, 9th Infantry Division Artillery (1988-1990). Battery Commander, A-Battery, 1-84th Field Artillery (1986-1988). Battalion Adjutant, 1-84th Field Artillery (1986).
West Point, New York - Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Education (1992-1994). Instructor, Department of Physical Education (1991-1992).
Bamberg, Germany - Operations Officer. 1st Infantry Division Artillery (1997-1998). Operations Officer, 1-6th Field Artillery (1996-1997). Assistant Operations Officer, 3rd Infantry Division Artillery (1995-1996).
Fort Sill, Oklahoma - Deputy Brigade Commander, Field Artillery Training Center (2001-2002). Battalion Commander, 2-80th Field Artillery (1999-2001), Deputy Director, Depth and Simultaneous Attack Battle lab (1998-1999).
Fort Sill, Oklahoma - Brigade Commander, Field Artillery Training Center (2004-2006).
Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska - Chief of Staff, Space and Global Strike (2006-2008).
Baghdad, Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Chief of Staff, Directorate of Interior Affairs (2008-2009).
Chicago, Illinois with duty at FEMA Region V, Defense Coordinating Officers (2009-2011).
- Wars Involved:
Iraq - Operation Iraqi Freedom
- MIA / POW:
- Civilian Life:
I'll never forget the day that my Guidance Counselor at Grand Rapids Senior High School, Mr. Yocum, walked up to me in the winter of my senior year and told me I had a call from the gymnastics coach at West Point. I had to ask Mr. Yocum what West Point was.....
After making a recruiting visit soon after, I was hooked on the United States Military Academy; not only could I continue a sport that I loved, but I'd be getting a great education AND a guaranteed job! I didn't excel at West Point (!), but I survived and graduated around the middle of my class of 900+. I was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Field Artillery on May 27, 1981 under the watchful eye of our commencement speaker, President Ronald Reagan.
Graduates of West Point have a five-year commitment to military service, so I headed out to make my mark as an Army officer, with the expectation in my mind that I could certainly get through those five years and then go seek fame and fortune doing something else as a civilian. The problem with that plan is that I found I really loved the Army life--the camaraderie, the adventure, and the leadership of other young adults who came from all walks of life to serve their country.
I retired as a Colonel on May 31, 2011...30 years later...and what a great ride it was!
I find it hard to do justice in my "military story". The memories run deep, as much about the people as the places. I hate to say it, but "you had to be there" is an apt expression looking back over the 17 moves by our family, the weeks and months and even years spent away from home in places that can only be termed "exotic".
It wasn't all enjoyable (especially the deployments), but it was definitely all very rewarding and fulfilling. From my earliest years in Germany during the Cold War, to my latest years in the Green Zone along the Tigris River in downtown Baghdad, I was able to see first-hand the goodness of this country I am fortunate enough to call "home".
I am honored to have been given the privilege to be a part of the greatest military our world will ever know. Once a Solider - always a Soldier.
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