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CDR Chris Milner was raised in Kansas City, MO. He entered the Navy as an enlisted Nuclear Propulsion Candidate in December 1993. Following completion of the nuclear field training pipeline, ET2 Milner was assigned to USS SPADEFISH (SSN 668), where he qualified in submarines and reactor operator watches. Following the decommissioning of SPADEFISH, he was assigned to USS NEVADA (SSBN 733). In 1997, he was selected for Officer Candidate School. ENS Milner attended Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, RI, and was subsequently assigned to USS VELLA GULF (CG 72) where he earned his Surface Warfare Officer qualification while serving as the Under Sea Warfare Officer. LTJG Milner transferred to USS STUMP (DD 978) in 2000, where he served as Training Officer and Repair Officer, in addition to duties as Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure Officer.  For shore duty, LT Milner completed graduate studies through the Naval Postgraduate School and served as the Nineteenth Company Officer at the U.S. Naval Academy. Following Surface Warfare Department Head School, LT Milner was assigned as the Chief Engineer aboard USS McFAUL (DDG 74). His second department head tour was as Operations Officer for Navy Riverine Squadron THREE (RIVRON 3). In 2009, LCDR Milner reported to U.S. Fleet Forces Command (N8) as Expeditionary Requirements Action Officer and soon moved to become the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, N8/N9. Eager to return to operational duties, LCDR Milner volunteered for the Afghan Pakistan Hands Program where he studied Afghan culture and the Dari (Farsi) language in preparation for serving as an embedded advisor to the Afghan National Security Forces. During two tours in Afghanistan, CDR Milner served as Senior Plans Advisor (CJ35) with the Afghan Ministry of Defense, U.S. Special Forces liaison to the Gereshk (Helmand) District Governor, and Senior Advisor to the Kabul Province Chief of Police.

CDR Milner reported aboard Coastal Riverine Squadron TWO as Executive Officer in September 2015 and assume command in December 2016.