HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Yorktown Systems Group Senior Vice President of Operations Chris Hardy will be inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame on Wednesday, July 13 at Fort Benning, Ga. Hardy served in the U.S. Army for a total of 27 years, with most of those years serving as an Army Ranger in the 75th Ranger Regiment. Hardy entered the Army in January 1986 from Princeton, Wv. Hardy’s initial combat deployment was to Somalia with Task Force Ranger. Subsequently, Hardy deployed numerous times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
During his career with the Army, Hardy served in every enlisted duty position inherent to an Airborne Ranger Rifle Company including multiple Sergeants Major and Command Sergeant Major positions. Hardy’s list of awards and recognitions is extensive and includes the National Infantry Association’s Order of St. Maurice, Primicerius Award and the U.S. Armor and Cavalry Association’s Order of St. George. He also provided oversight for completion of over $3.5 billion in construction across the largest training installation in the Army, Fort Benning. In 2013, Hardy retired from a distinguished career as the CSM for the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) at Fort Benning, Ga.
Hardy now serves as Senior Vice President of Operations at Yorktown Systems Group. He is responsible for planning, implementing, and overseeing the execution and performance of Yorktown’s most complex and vital operations. He also provides training and mission support to our nation’s Inter-Agency, Special Operations Forces (SOF), and other joint forces.
Throughout his career, Hardy has exemplified excellence and unparalleled leadership. Hardy believes that, “Successful leadership is about taking care of people and demonstrating the proper example daily, in both word and deed, to earn and maintain their loyalty and respect. This experience has been incredibly humbling, and I’m honored to be an inductee of the Ranger Hall of Fame.”
Hardy has been honored with over 50 awards and decorations, including the National Infantry Association’s Order of St. Maurice, Primicerius Award and the US Armor and Cavalry Association’s Order of St. George. He is also a Distinguished Member of the 75th Ranger Regiment, the 187th Infantry Regiment and the 502d Infantry Regiment.
About the Ranger Hall of Fame
The Ranger Hall of Fame is located in the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Georgia. The gallery preserves the legacy of some of the most extraordinary soldiers in the U.S. military, the U.S. Army Rangers. Fewer than 200 Rangers have been inducted into the hall of fame since 1992. To be eligible for selection for this honor, a person must have had a distinguished career with outstanding contributions while presenting exemplary service as a Ranger unit in combat or a successful graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School.
About Yorktown Systems Group
Yorktown Systems Group, Inc., was founded by a veteran, disabled in service, on a mission to provide customized solutions to help federal organizations solve their most challenging and complex issues. The leadership and team at Yorktown are innovative, informed, involved, and adaptive, providing the vision and expertise needed to stay ahead of ever-changing client landscapes and challenges. Yorktown remains true to their core values of delivering high-quality services and solutions for training, mission and operations support, and intelligence and ISR for their clients on time and on budget.