- Professor of Aerospace Studies
Lt Col Christopher S. Evans is the Commander of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 425 and serves as the Professor or Aerospace Studies at Mississippi State University. As commander, he leads a six-member active duty and civilian team responsible for recruiting, training, motivating, educating, and evaluating Mississippi State University’s Air Force officer candidates. Additionally, he supports cross-town universities which include Mississippi University for Women and East Mississippi Community College. He is the senior Air Force officer on campus with dual responsibilities as detachment commander and Chairman of the Department of Aerospace Studies. Lt Col Evans is responsible for determining who is accepted, trained, educated, and ultimately commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force.
Lt Col Evans received his commission from the Reserve Officer Training Corps in Aug 2004 and has served over 16 years on active duty. He is a graduate of Auburn University, Ala and is a command pilot with over 3,300 flight hours in the T-37, T-38C, B-52H and MC-12W. Lt Col Evans has been assigned to Barksdale AFB, Eglin AFB and Minot AFB. He initially served as instructor pilot for the 20th Bomb Squadron and Advanced System Project Officer for the 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Barksdale AFB, La. Afterwards, Lt Col Evans was the Test Director for Small Diameter Bomb-Increment 2 at Detachment 2, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Eglin AFB, Fla. He then moved to Minot AFB, N.D. where he served as Assistant Director of Operations for the 23rd Bomb Squadron and Director of Operations for the 5th Operations Support Squadron. Prior to his current assignment, Lt Col Evans served as Deputy Commander of the 5th Operations Group, consisting of over 350 combat-ready professionals and a fleet of 27 B-52H bombers.
Lt Col Evans has deployed four times to USINDOPACOM in support of the Continuous Bomber Presence and once to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
- 2004 Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.
- 2010 Masters degree in Business Administration and Management, Trident University, Cypress, Calif.
- 2012 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
- 2014 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
- September 2004 – February 2005, Transition Officer, 116th Operations Group, Robins AFB, Ga.
- February 2005 – March 2006, student, undergraduate pilot training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
- March 2006 – March 2013, Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander, 20th Bomb Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
- March 2013 – June 2015, Advanced Systems Project Officer, 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
- June 2015 – June 2018, Test Director, Detachment 2, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
- June 2018 – July 2019, Assistant Director of Operations, 23rd Bomb Squadron, Minot AFB, N.D.
- July 2019 – Dec 2020, Director of Operations, 5th Operations Support Squadron, Minot AFB, N.D.
- Dec 2020 – May 2022, Deputy Commander, 5th Operations Group, Minot AFB, N.D.
- May 2022 – Present, Commander and Professor of Aerospace Studies, Air Force ROTC Detachment 425, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
- Rating: Command Pilot
- Flight Hours: more than 3,300 including 551 combat hours
- Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38C, B-52H, and MC-12W
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
- Second Lieutenant Aug. 20, 2004
- First Lieutenant Aug. 20, 2006
- Captain Aug. 20, 2008
- Major Feb. 1, 2015
- Lieutenant Colonel July 1, 2019
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
- Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
- Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
- Aerial Achievement Medal
- Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
- Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
(Current as of May 2022)