Christopher Huff attended Texas Tech University and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business in May 2007. Christopher Huff was listed a graduate on the Commanding Officer, OCS, Honor List and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August 2009. Prior to joining the Marine Corps, Christopher Huff interned in the Speech Writers Group, Office of the Secretary of Defense for The Honorable Robert Gates.
Second Lieutenant Huff completed The Basic School 1-10 in Quantico, VA in May 2010. Second Lieutenant Huff completed the Infantry Officer Course 4-10 in September 2010 and was issued orders to report to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 23d Marines, in Houston, TX. Second Lieutenant Huff deployed with the “Lone Star Battalion” as a Rifle Platoon Commander out of Camp Pendleton, CA to Helmand Province and Nimruz Province, Afghanistan in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom 11.1 and 11.2.
Returning from Afghanistan, First Lieutenant Huff reported to Aviation Pre-flight Indoctrination (API) in Pensacola, FL, completed Primary Flight Training at VT-27 in Corpus Christi, TX in October 2012, and completed Advanced Flight Training at HT-8 in Milton, FL in August 2013. Captain Huff completed replacement aircrew training at the H-1 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS), HMLAT-303 and was issued orders to fly the AH-1Z for HMLA-267 in Camp Pendleton, CA. While with the “Stingers”, Captain Huff completed two operational deployments to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan in support of the Unit Deployment Program. HMLA-267 was the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron of the Year in 2017.
Major Huff received orders to report to the “Coyotes” of HMLA-775 in July of 2019 to support the Squadron’s conversion from the AH-1W to AH-1Z aircraft as an AH-1Z instructor pilot.
Major Huff was board selected for a conversion to the MV-22 in July of 2020 and reported to the FRS, VMMT-204 in October of 2020. Upon completion of the FRS, Major Huff was issued orders to VMM-161 in San Diego, CA. In November of 2021, Major Huff deployed as “The First” Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron to establish the East Africa Aviation Combat Element (EA ACE) out of Djibouti, Africa. Major Huff served as the EA ACE 22.1 Operations Officer.
Major Huff held the AH-1Z Night Systems Instructor Qualification, Forward Air Controller (Airborne) Certification, and has flown over 1500 mishap free flight hours, including combat hours, with over 300 hours at night. Major Huff served as the Department Head for the Operations, Safety, and Maintenance Departments, and is currently the Executive Officer for VMM-161.
Major Huff has attended the Aviation Maintenance Officer Course in Pensacola, Fl, the Command Aviation Safety Course, has completed the Marine Corps’ Expeditionary Warfare School Distance Education Program in May 2018, and Marine Corps’ Command and Staff College Distance Education Program Blended Seminar in May 2021. Major Huff is a candidate for the Masters of Science in Program Management at the Naval Postgraduate School and is in syllabus for the Certificate of Advanced Acquisition Studies.
Major Huff’s awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat distinguishing device and gold star as well as the Combat Action Ribbon.