Colonel Chris Landers graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology and was commissioned in the Infantry in February 1996. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Naval Postgraduate School, the Command and General Staff College, and the Air War College.
In 1997 Col. Landers was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry, Camp Hovey, Korea, where he served as a Bradley Platoon Leader. In 1998, Col. Landers returned to Fort Benning, where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Support Platoon Leader and Assistant S4 in the 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. In 2001, Col. Landers was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington, where he served as Brigade Assistant S4, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), 25th Infantry Division, and Battalion S4 and Rifle Company Commander in the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment. Returning again to Fort Benning in 2003, Col. Landers served as the Battalion S3 Air and Rifle Company Commander, 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and Regimental S3 Air. Following attendance at the Naval Postgraduate School, Col. Landers was next assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as the Brigade Plans Officer for the 3d Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Battalion S3 for the 2d Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), and Brigade S3. In 2011, Col. Landers was reassigned to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), where he served as Deputy Chief of Current Operations, J3.
In June 2014, Col. Landers assumed command of the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment (Polar Bears), 2d Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, followed by service as the Task Force 2 Senior Observer, Coach, Trainer at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana. Col. Landers most recently served as the Director, G3/5/7, U.S. Army Alaska.
Col. Landers’ operational deployments include three tours in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Resolute Support, and four tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Citation with 1 oak leaf cluster, the Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Combat and Expert Infantryman Badges, and the Ranger Tab.
Col. Landers is married to the former Tina Tomberlin of Bainbridge, Georgia.