Chris graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2007 with a B.S. in International Relations. After graduating from West Point he served as an army engineer officer stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. During active duty he completed a combat deployment in Iraq as a platoon leader and subsequently served as the lead planner for the theater engineer brigade in the Pacific where he focused on updating war plans and coordinating theater security cooperation exercises. After leaving active duty, he received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law with a certificate in National Security Law from the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism. After graduation he served a term as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas and is currently an associate at Arnold &amp; Porter in Washington, DC. He is also a consultant for Water Hands Hope, a non-profit focused on bringing sustainable water and healthcare solutions to the people of Papa New Guinea.