CSM Chris Lewis – Historian, 551st Parachute Infantry Association
Originally from Foxboro, Massachusetts, entered the Army in June 1987 at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he completed One Station Unit Training (OSUT) as an 11C Indirect Fire Infantryman, followed by the Basic Airborne Course at the United States Army Airborne School.
During his career, Chris has served over 11 years with the “All Americans” of the 82d Airborne Division, as well assignments with the 3rd Infantry Division, 1st Infantry Division, 1st Armored Division, and 10th Mountain Division. He also served as an Army Recruiter in Waterville, ME., and a Drill Sergeant with the 193d Infantry Brigade at Fort Jackson, SC. He currently serves as the Battalion CSM for 1st Battalion 50th Infantry, 198th Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, GA. CSM Lewis’ combat deployments include three times to Iraq (including Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm), and three times to Afghanistan. He has also deployed on peacekeeping operations in Bosnia (NATO), Macedonia (U.N.), and security assistance missions to Kosovo and Slovenia.
CSM Lewis’ awards and decorations include: Combat Infantryman Badge (2nd Award), Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Bronze Star Medal (3 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Army Commendation medal (5 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), Gold Recruiter Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, German Army Parachutist Badge (Bronze), and the Order of Saint Maurice from the National Infantry Association.
CSM Lewis has completed an Associate’s Degree in General Science from Excelsior College, and is a member of the 551st Parachute Infantry Association, 82d Airborne Division Association, 505th Panther Association, National Infantry Association, Sergeant Audie Murphy Association and Veterans of Foreign Wars.