Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Long entered the Marine Corps February 10, 1993 through the Platoon Leaders Course (PLC). Following graduation from Florida State University, he was commissioned via the PLC program in April 1995. After completing TBS, he attended the Defense Information School (DINFOS) in Ft. Meade, Maryland for training as a Public Affairs Officer. He then reported to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune where he deployed to the UK and Norway in support of NATO exercise Strong Resolve and again to Norway in support of exercise Battle Griffin. In 1998 he deployed to Bosnia Herzegovina with the 26th MEU for Exercise Dynamic Response. In 1999 he transferred to MCLB Albany where he served as a PAO until his EAS in July 2001.
Immediately upon his EAS, he enrolled in graduate school at the University of Florida, and transferred into the Selected Marine Corps Reserve, reporting to C. Co., 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division in Tallahassee, Florida. After completing the full four month long Armor Officer Basic Course at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, he was designated an 1802 Tank Officer. He subsequently completed his Master’s of Science at the University of Florida where his graduate work consisted of capturing, collaring, and tracking Florida Black Bears.
From late 2002 through 2005, he served as Platoon Commander and Executive Officer of C. Co., 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division. Although accepted into the Ph.D program at the University of Florida, C. Co. was activated in 2004 and he deployed to Camp Lemonier, Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), Djibouti, Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Company C was combined with two other companies from 8th Tank Battalion to form 1st Provisional Security Company (1st PSC). During the eight month deployment, 1st PSC was responsible for security and anti-terrorism operations for the camp and surrounding region, conducting numerous dismounted, mounted and helo-borne patrols.
Upon return from deployment, Lieutenant Colonel Long transferred to the IRR in order to complete law school at the University of Florida. He simultaneously enrolled in the Command and Staff Seminar program. Following his 2007 graduation from law school and passing the Florida Bar exam, he was sworn in as an Assistant State Attorney (prosecutor) for the State of Florida. He graduated from Command and Staff in 2009.
In September 2009, he assumed command of E. Co., 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division. In 2011, he deployed with E. Co. in support of Exercise African Lion in Morocco, Africa. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in August 2011 and assumed duty as a Future Plans and Operations Officer with the G3/5 4th Marine Division. While in this billet, he deployed to Senegal Africa in 2012 for Exercise Western Accord and to Uganda, Africa in 2014 for Central Accord. He was selected for command of 4th Tank Battalion in 2015.
Lieutenant Colonel Long is a graduate of Florida State University (B.S. 1995), and the University of Florida (M.S. 2004, J.D. 2007) and is a graduate of the Command and Staff Seminar program. He is currently in private practice with Dell Graham, P.A. in Gainesville, Florida.