Colonel Christopher M. Benson
Colonel Christopher M. Benson comes to USAG Ansbach from U.S. Army-Europe, where he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Engineer since 1 November 2012. Prior to arriving in Germany, Colonel Benson was a student at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, graduating in June 2012.
Colonel Benson's first assignment was as a platoon leader, then company executive officer, then battalion logistics officer with the 14th Combat Engineer Battalion at Fort Ord, California, then Fort Lewis, Washington. He then served as the Operations Officer, Directorate of Public Works, in Taegu, South Korea.
Upon return from Korea, Colonel Benson commanded the 43d Combat Engineer Company, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson, Colorado. Following company command, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Personnel Command (PERSCOM) in Alexandria, Virginia, first as the USMA Account Manager and Civilian Education Program Manager, then as the Engineer Captain's Assignments Officer.
Colonel Benson then attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Upon graduation, he served as the Battalion Operations Officer, then Battalion Executive Officer, for the 70th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Mechanized) at Fort Riley, Kansas, where he deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom and conducted combat operations in the vicinity of Baghdad and Taji, Iraq. Immediately upon return from Iraq, he spent two years as Sidewinder 3, the Engineer Battalion S3 Trainer/Observer-Controller at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California.
Colonel Benson was then assigned as the Deputy Commander of U.S. Army Engineer District, Alaska in Anchorage, Alaska. Colonel Benson was then selected to command the 2d Engineer Battalion (Combat Effects) at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. During his 35 months in command, he successfully activated the battalion from scratch, trained, then deployed to Afghanistan, where the unit performed primarily route clearance, combat engineer, and close combat support operations in both Northern and Southern Afghanistan in support of U.S. and German ground forces. Upon completion of command, Colonel Benson was selected to attend the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Following graduation, he was assigned to U.S. Army Europe in Heidelberg, then Wiesbaden.
Colonel Benson is a 1990 Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Tennessee ROTC program in Knoxville, Tennessee. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee, a Master's Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri at Rolla, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
Colonel Benson's military education includes the U.S. Army War College, the Command and General Staff College, the Engineer Officer's Basic and Advanced Courses, and the Jungle Operations, the Mounted Operations in Urban Terrain, and the Battalion Maintenance Officer Courses. Colonel Benson wears the Sapper Leader Tab, and the Airborne and Combat Action Badges.