Chris L. Connolly, Select One

Col. (ret.), U.S. Army

Associate Professor College of Distance Education
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Chris Connolly, Col. (ret.), U.S. Army, joined the JMO Division of the College of Distance Education in July, 2017. Prior to this, he was a Military Professor of Joint Military Operations, joining the faculty in July 2013 after graduating with highest distinction from the U.S. Naval War College. He was commissioned as an Armor officer from the U.S. Military Academy and has served in various Armor, Cavalry, and Infantry assignments in Korea, Germany, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He served as a military advisor to the Afghan Army in 2003 and later commanded 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry (CAB) in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.

Areas of Expertise

  • Afghanistan
  • COIN
  • Ground Warfare
  • Iraq
  • Joint Operations
  • Leadership
  • Military Planning
  • National Security
  • Operational Warfare

Professional Highlights


Naval War College, Newport, RI

Associate Professor, JMO Division of the College of Distance Learning

Naval War College, Newport, RI

Military Professor/Associate Professor, JMO Department

National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA

U.S. Army Senior Task Force Trainer (Scorpion 07)

Fort Bliss, TX

Commander, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry, 1st Armored Division. Includes deployment to Mosul, Iraq 2009-2010

NATO, Heidelberg, Germany

Plans and Policy Staff Officer, Land Component Command


Battalion/Brigade Operations Officer, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division

Fort Knox, KY

Chief, Cavalry Doctrine Development, U.S. Army Armor Center

Various Battalion and Company command and staff assignments


M.A., U.S. Naval War College, 2013, National Security Strategies

M.Ed., University of Louisville, 2004, Human Resources Development

B.S., United States Military Academy, 1992, International Relations

Related Credentials

JPME II - Joint Qualified Officer

Other Honors

Graduate with Highest Distinction
U.S. Naval War College

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