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Chris Hill – Washburn

Air Force Lieutenant Colonel

Road to Greatness


Christopher R. Hill has been selected for promotion to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Air Force on Nov. 12, 2014, and will be pinned in a ceremony on Dec. 5, 2015.

Hill is currently serving as Commander of the 190th Communications Flight with the 190th Air Refueling Wing at Forbes Field Air National Guard Base, Kan. He will assume command of the 190th Comptroller Flight upon his promotion. He has served in the military for 26 years.

He ensures that his flight meets all wartime combat readiness standards and provides guidance and direction to the flight through planning, coordinating, and direction a variety of functions.  He oversees the execution of an Information Technology budget of $225K, and ensures the present and future viability of all Wing information systems.

Hill enlisted in the 190th Air Refueling Group in 1988 as a Services Specialist.  From 1998 to 2000, he served in a variety of positions including training manager and noncommissioned officer in charge of lodging.

He earned his commission in 2000 through the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science and became the 190th Logistics Group executive officer. Upon request of the Wing Commander, he was made the chief of public affairs in 2002.  In 2003, he accepted a full-time position with the 190th Air Refueling Wing.

His military service awards include: Meritorious Service Medal (2), Air Force Commendation Medal (2), Air Force Achievement Medal (3), Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal (6), and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Hill is the son of Jim and Jan Pringle of Arkansas City, Kan. and Richard and Barrie Hill of Arlington, Tex.

He is a 1989 graduate of Wellington Senior High School, Wellington, Kan. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1994 from Washburn University, Topeka, Kan., and a master’s degree in 1996 from Oklahoma State University.

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