Operations Officer / MS I Instructor
Captain Christopher Linh Colley was born in Seoul Korea, but raised in Newton, AL. He was familiar with the military lifestyle due to his father being in the United States Army. He graduated high school in 1999, and enlisted in the U.S. Army less than a month after graduation. He attended basic Training at Fort Benning, GA; Advanced Individual Training at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD; served as a Self Propelled System mechanic (63D) for two years, and a Bradley System mechanic (63T) for one year until joining the Alabama Army National Guard. He served with the 3/117th Field Artillery as a Cadet in the Simultaneous Military Program (SMP) located in Troy Alabama, until he received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Aviation Branch. He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from Troy University.
CPT Colley underwent initial entry rotary wing training at Fort Rucker, AL. He was awarded his coveted Army Aviator Wings in 2007, and graduated with Honors. His first assignment was to the Bravo Company 1/169th General Support Aviation Brigade (GSAB), Vulcans, in Birmingham, AL. He served numerous positions within 1/169th taking on a plethora of challenging jobs; most notable were as flight platoon leader, executive officer, and mobilization project officer. During this time with the Vulcans, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After completing his deployment, CPT Colley was assigned to the Training Center at Fort McClellan where he served as the Range Operations Officer. During this assignment, CPT Colley was hand selected to be the Aviation Liaison after the devastating tornadoes in April of 2011. CPT Colley worked with Task Force One Search and Rescue, coordinating air and ground assist for the most damaged areas in Alabama. CPT Colley is currently assigned to 2 Battalion 200th Regiment Officer Candidate School (OCS) as an instructor.
CPT Colley’s Military Education includes Basic Training; 63D/63T Advanced Individual Training; Dunker/Water Survival Training; Initial Entry Rotary Wing; Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) level C; High Altitude Army Aviation Training (HAATS); Total Army Instructor Training Course, TAC Officer training; Tactical Certification Course; Pre-Command Course; Range Operations Course, and Range Safety Level II.
His awards and decorations include one Meritorious Service Medal; Army Achievement Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal (2nd award); Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star; Nato Afghanistan Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with M Device); Nato Medal; Combat Action Badge (CAB), Army Aviator Badge.