Lieutenant Colonel Christopher J. Cannon is a native of Middletown, New Jersey. He attended Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey graduating in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Upon graduation he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant, attended The Basic School and was designated as a Logistics Officer.
Lieutenant Colonel Cannon began his career at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he completed MOS school and then was assigned as the Logistics Officer to 2nd Supply Battalion. He was then attached to Combat Service Support Detachment-27 where he served as the Assistant Logistics Officer and deployed to Norway. In July of 2002, he reported to 6th Marines where he served as the Regimental Maintenance Management Officer.
In June of 2003 he reported to 1st Battalion 6th Marines where he was assigned as the Battalion Logistics Officer. During this tour, he deployed with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit to the 5th Fleet AOR and further deployed into Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Upon return from deployment and disaggregating from the 22nd MEU, he remained with 1st Bn 6th Marines and deployed to Fallujah Iraq, in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM 04-06.
In November of 2005, Lieutenant Colonel Cannon reported to Naval Air Station Willow Grove, PA where he was the Inspector / Instructor for Marine Wing Support Squadron 472. Returning to Camp Lejeune in 2008, he was assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 25, where he served as the assistant Transition Team Cell training director.
In January of 2009 he was assigned to 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and deployed in April of 2009 for a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, where he served as the G-4 Operations Officer.
Following his Afghanistan tour, Lieutenant Colonel Cannon was selected to attend Pennsylvania State University as the Commandant of the Marines Corps' Junior Logistics Fellow. Following his year at PSU, Lieutenant Colonel Cannon returned to Camp Lejeune where he was assigned to Marine Special Operations Command as the Assistant G-4 Operations Officer. During his time at MARSOC, he deployed to Afghanistan with Special Operations Task Force West, where he served as the Logistics Officer.
In July 2014, Lieutenant Colonel Cannon reported to Tampa, FL and was assigned to U.S. Central Command where he served in the J-3 as part of the Current Operations Division. In January of 2015 he assumed duties as a strategic analyst and then Deputy Director of the Commander's Action Group (CAG) for the CENTCOM Commander.
His personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one gold star, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and various campaign and service awards.