Pine-Richland High School graduate promoted to captain
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 | 3:41 PM
From time to time we spotlight our noteworthy alumni. Our latest spotlight is that of 2000 Pine-Richland High School graduate Christopher Sills, who was promoted to Captain in 2019.
He currently serves as the Mobility Officer of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which provides a forward-deployed, rapid-response force capable of conducting conventional amphibious and selected maritime special operations at night or under adverse weather conditions from the sea, by surface and/or by air. He is responsible for planning and supervising amphibious assaults from a three-ship Naval Amphibious Readiness Group.
Captain Christopher Sills was born in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1982. After graduating from Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC in September of 2000, for recruit training. Upon his graduation as a Private First Class, he reported to the School of Infantry at Camp Geiger and received the Military Occupational Specialty of 0341, Infantryman. Other career highlights include:
- In February of 2001, Private First Class Sills reported for duty to 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines, Camp Lejeune, NC. During his tour, he was promoted to Lance Corporal in 2001 during a deployment to Camp Schwab, Okinawa Japan, and completed the Jungle Warfare Training Center. Upon returning to Camp Lejeune, he attended the Physical Fitness Coordinator Course and was then promoted to Corporal in November 2002. Corporal Sills deployed to Kuwait in January 2003 aboard the USS KEARSARGE. From March until May of 2003 Corporal Sills fought in the initial invasion of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM with TASK FORCE TARAWA. During his redeployment to Camp Lejuene aboard the USS KEARSARGE in June 2003, Corporal Sills participated in OPERATION SHINING EXPRESS in Liberia. In September 2004, Corporal Sills joined the Inactive Ready Reserve in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- In December of 2005, Corporal Sills re-enlisted and assisted the recruiters at Recruiting Sub-Station Pittsburgh until May of 2006. In June of 2006, Corporal Sills reported to Instructor Battalion, The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia. Corporal Sills attended the High-Risk Personnel Course in August of 2006 and was then promoted to Sergeant in November of 2007. He became a Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor earning the additional Military Occupational Specialty of 0916. In May of 2008, Sergeant Sills attended the Logistics Embarkation Specialist Course at Camp Johnson, North Carolina earning the additional Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 0431, Logistics Embarkation Specialist.
- In July of 2008, Sergeant Sills reported to 2nd Battalion 8th Marines, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and was assigned as the Embarkation Chief. He attended Sergeants Course in October of 2010. Sergeant Sills deployed to Garmsir, Afghanistan as the Logistics Chief from May until November of 2009 in support of combat operations for OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Sergeant Sills was promoted to Staff Sergeant during his second deployment to Marjah, Afghanistan from January to July of 2011, also in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.
- He reported to U. S. Marine Corps Forces, South in 2011 as the Strategic Mobility and Logistics Chief. Staff Sergeant Sills deployed to Chile in April of 2012 training the Chilean Marine Corps in Combat Leadership. In October through November of 2012, he deployed to Guatemala in support of counter-drug/counter narco-terrorism in OPERATION MARTILLO. In April of 2012, he attended the Air Mobility Command Air Load Planners Course. During 2013 and 2014 SSgt Sills established the initial infrastructure for a service level forward logistics hub in Soto Cano, Honduras, and was selected to the Warrant Officer Program under the MOS 0430 Mobility Officer.
- In 2014 he was appointed to Warrant Officer by the Secretary of the Navy and attended the Warrant Officer Basic Course, Mobility Officer Course, and reported to Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS-271) 271 at Cherry Point, NC. During his tour at MWSS-271, he was the exercise mobility officer for multiple Integrated Training Exercises and Weapons Tactic Instructor Courses and held the additional billet of Tactical Security Officer training over 250 personnel in advanced warfighting and air-base ground defense procedures. He attended the Expeditionary Deployment Systems, Customs, and Border Clearance, as well as Rail Operations Course.
- In 2016 Chief Warrant Officer 2 Sills reported as the Mobility Officer of Marine Aircraft Group 14 and supervised the deployment and redeployment of multiple fixed-wing aircraft squadrons to and from US CENTCOM in support of OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE, as well as US AFRICOM, EUCOM, and INDOPACOM theaters.
- In 2017 Chief Warrant Officer 2 Sills reported as the Mobility Officer for 2d Marine Aircraft Wing. During his two year tour at 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, he was responsible for deployment planning of 2d Marine Aircraft Wing’s 48 subordinate commands, and deployed to Norway in support of the largest NATO exercise in over 20 years; NATO EXERCISE TRIDENT JUNCTURE ’18.
- In 2018, he was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 3and was accepted by the President of the United States to the Limited Duty Officer program.
- In 2019, as mentioned, Captain Sills was promoted to captain and attended the Combat Cargo Officer Indoctrination Course in 2019 and currently serves as the Mobility Officer of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which provides a forward-deployed, rapid-response force capable of conducting conventional amphibious and selected maritime special operations at night or under adverse weather conditions from the sea, by surface and/or by air. He is responsible for planning and supervising amphibious assaults from a three-ship Naval Amphibious Readiness Group.
Captain Sills decorations include The Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3rd award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd award), Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation (2nd award), Navy Unit Citation (2nd award), Marine Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal (4th award), National Defense Medal, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM Campaign Medal (3rd Award), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (5th award), and NATO International Security Assistance Force Medal.
Captain Sills is happily married to Sara, his wife of 13 years. They have two sons; Liam and Ryan, and one daughter, Sadie. He is the son of Mr. Harry and Carolyn Sills of Gibsonia, PA.