Colonel Christopher WardGarrison CommanderWhite Sands Missile RangeUnited States Army
COL Christopher J. Ward, a native of Caldwell, Idaho, was commissioned from New Mexico Military Institute in 1994 and entered the Field Artillery after graduating from the University of Idaho in 1996.
Prior to taking command, he attended the U.S. Army Senior Service College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.From January 2015 to June 2017, COL Ward served as a Joint Planner for the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC) in Norfolk, VA.Preceding his joint assignment, COL Ward commanded the 2d Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th IBCT, 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska from November 2012 to November 2014.Throughout his military career, COL Ward held various airborne command and staff positions from Company Fire Support Officer through Battery Commander serving both in 2d and 3rd Battalions, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82d Airborne Division. Upon completion of Battery Command after OIF I in June 2004, COL Ward was assigned to Fort Richardson, Alaska where he commanded HHC/1-501st Parachute Infantry Regiment and deployed again to Iraq as the 4-25th IBCT Fire Support Officer from 2006-2007. After redeployment, COL Ward trained and deployed to Afghanistan from 2009-2010 as the Battalion Operations Officer and later as the Battalion Executive Officer for 2-377th PFAR. Upon redeployment, COL Ward was assigned as the Brigade Executive Officer for 4-25th IBCT until May 2011.COL Ward holds two Master degrees in Strategic Studies and in Management from Troy University. His decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals, and the Combat Action Badge, among various other decorations. He is a Ranger School graduate and is a Master Rated Parachutist. COL Ward is married to the former Heather Narcum of Collingswood, New Jersey and together they have three sons.