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, MQ-1B Unmanned Predator, UV-18B Twin Otter and TG-16 Sailplane. He was an A-10 Fighter Squadron Director of Operations, an MQ-1B Reconnaissance Squadron Commander, and 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, and his final position was as the Director of one of only two NATO Combined Air Operations Centers responsible for the military air defense of the 14 NATO countries in Northern Europe.
Mr. Plamp 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 the 74th Fighter Squadron for critical operations, including the planning and execution of the Operation Redwing “Lone Survivor” rescue. As Commander of the 15th Expeditionary Resonance Squadron, he led his squadron to provide all conventional Predator Unmanned Aircraft operations during ‘The Surge’ into Iraq, as well as personally flying missions. His other awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, and the German Silver Cross of Honor.
“During my service, a lot of Airmen under my command departed military service and I found it frustrating that my ability to help them stopped at separation. That changed when I joined the team at Hire Heroes USA. Being responsible for service delivery at Hire Heroes USA, I have the opportunity to lead a phenomenal group of dedicated experts as they teach service members, veterans and their spouses the critical skills necessary to succeed in the civilian job market. Each time a confirmed hire is added to our list, I know another veteran or spouse has found a new career and will be able to care for themselves and their family.”
Mr. Plamp first served as Director of Veteran Programs at Hire Heroes USA and was promoted to Chief Programs Officer in July 2015. He was named Chief Operating Officer in July 2017, and is currently also serving as Interim Chief Executive Officer.
He holds a Masters in Military Arts and Science and a Masters in Strategic Studies. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy. He currently resides in Canton, Georgia with his wife and two daughters.