December 5, 2011
Retired Maj. Christopher Little joins the Department of Military Science where he teaches leadership theory, map reading, and tactics to second-year ROTC students. Little spent more than 20 years in the U.S. Army, serving in Iraq, Korea, Honduras, and Germany in addition to several posts in the United States. The Spokane native retired in 2006 out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
While in Germany, Little faced the difficult challenge of moving men and materiel to Kuwait in 2003.
‘We were gearing up for the war in Iraq, and that meant moving people and equipment from Europe,” he recalled. “We established teams to go to deployment centers and monitor the deployment of people and equipment. We needed barges, trains, and containers to move our equipment from Germany to the Netherlands. The 1st Armored Division then moved several thousand pieces of equipment, including tanks, trucks, Humvees, Howitzers, and other items, by ship from the Netherlands to Kuwait. Getting the logistics right was absolutely critical to the success of our mission.”
As Little moved up the ranks in the Army, he led soldiers overseas, handled operational and personnel matters as an assistant operations officer, and evaluated field artillery systems, including radar and command-and-control computer equipment. Teaching came naturally to Little, and he conducted training at U.S. bases and to military groups in other countries.
The son of a high school teacher, Little always wanted to be an ROTC instructor.
“Coming to the number one ROTC program in the country was a terrific opportunity,” he said. “These cadets are head and shoulders above their peers.”
Little enjoys working with the group of cadets, which he is one of the most diverse of all ROTC units. About half of the cadets are women.
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