Christopher Plamp joined Hire Heroes USA after leaving the Air Force as a colonel in May 2014. He was an Air Force Command Pilot, flight instructor and evaluator, primarily flying the A-10 Warthog, the MQ-1B Unmanned Predator, the UV-18B Twin Otter, and the TG-16 Sailplane. He was an A-10 Fighter Squadron Director of Operations, and an MQ-1B Reconnaissance Squadron Commander, as well as a Flying Training Group Commander at the United States Air Force Academy. He also served in the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) as the director of a four-star general’s Commander’s Action Group (CAG). In his final position, Christopher was director of one of only two NATO Combined Air Operations Centers, which were responsible for the military air defense of the 14 NATO countries in Northern Europe.
Christopher participated in Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He received two Bronze Stars for actions in Afghanistan, the first one in 2001, as a member of JSOC, for actions during the initial combat operations after 9/11. The second was earned for his work in critical operations in the 74th Fighter Squadron, including the planning and execution of the Operation REDWINGS “Lone Survivor” rescue. As Commander of the 15th Expeditionary Resonance Squadron, he led his team to provide all conventional Predator Unmanned Aircraft operations during ‘The Surge’ into Iraq, in addition to personally flying some missions.
Christopher’s other awards include: Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; three Air Medals; and, the German Silver Cross of Honor.
“I joined Hire Heroes USA, because the mission meant so much to me personally. As a commander in the military, I watched hundreds of service members transition, knowing there was little I could do to help them once they left the service. My own transition to civilian life was also daunting. You go at once from knowing your job, your colleagues, your work tempo and expectations, to a completely unknown universe. Being part of the solution on the civilian side remains incredibly important to me, and I’m proud to be part of this extraordinary team that has already helped so many. My entire professional career has been dedicated to leading high-quality teams doing meaningful and effective work. As CEO, I am leading a team of the finest nonprofit professionals, whose remarkable impact profoundly and positively affects thousands of lives and families each year.”
When he first joined Hire Heroes USA, Christopher served as Director of Veteran Programs. He was promoted to Chief Programs Officer in 2015, Chief Operating Officer in 2017, and Chief Executive Officer in 2018.
He holds a Master’s in Military Art and Science, and a Master’s in Strategic Studies. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy.