Tech. Sgt. Christopher M. Harris Retires From U.S. Air Force

In an impressive ceremony held Sept. 25 at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Tech. Sgt. Christopher M. Harris retired from the U.S. Air Force effective Oct. 31. Capt. Daniel Vorenkamp, Commander, 91st Security Support Squadron presided at the ceremony in which Tech. Sgt. Harris received the Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Commander in Chief.

Following Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Tech. Sgt. Harris’ initial assignment was with the Security Forces squadron at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, followed by a tour of duty at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, where he was selected as a Distinguished Honor Guard Airman. Subsequently, he was assigned to the Presidential Airlift Squadron at Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, D.C., for three years. His attention to detail and professionalism earned him his next duty assignment as Military Training Instructor (MTI) at Lackland AFB. In addition to instructing basic trainees at Lackland, where he was selected as Instructor of the Quarter, he was nominated as MTI of the year in 2007. During this tour he was also selected to advise instructors training ROTC cadets. At Minot AFB his positions included Physical Training Leader, Response Force Leader and Flight Security Controller. In 2011, he was selected as the 91st Missile Security Forces Squadron and the 91st Missile Wing NCO of the Quarter. Later, he led a 13-person team to Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

He retired as the Deployment Manager for 800 Security Forces personnel.

Harris transferred to Conway High School his junior year from Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, Kan., where he was a member of the Naval Sea Cadets. At CHS he was a member of the orchestra and the track and football teams, as well as the cheerleading squad his senior year. He entered military service upon high school graduation in 1998.

Harris is married to Master Sgt. Laurel Beth Harris with whom he has a stepson, Michael, and a baby on the way. He is the son of Paula and Richard Harris and brother to Grant Harris, all of Conway.