Lieutenant Colonel Christopher J. Heatherly graduated from Monmouth College in 1994 with a double major in Business Administration and Environmental Studies. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and later earned his commission via Officer Candidate School in 1997. Lieutenant Colonel Heatherly’s operational experience includes deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Mali, Kuwait, Germany and South Korea. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Army Parachute Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Canadian Parachutist Badge, the Bahrain Parachutist Badge and the Mali Parachutist Badge. A career military intelligence officer, LTC Heatherly holds master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma and the School of Advanced Military Studies. He is also an occasional author with nearly 60 publishing credits.