Assistant Commissioner Chris Hall, Office of Training and Development
Mr. Hall comes to CBP from the United States Coast Guard where he served for 28 years in the aviation, human performance technology, instructional design and training fields. He ultimately rose to the rank of Captain.
After graduating from the Coast Guard Academy in 1984, he served an afloat tour as a Deck Watch Officer and Assistant Operations Officer aboard the CGC DECISIVE in St. Petersburg, Florida. Following his tour afloat, he attended Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida where he was designated a Coast Guard Aviator and received his wings in 1987. After graduating from Naval Flight School, his aviation assignments included tours as a search and rescue pilot at Air Station San Diego, California, and as Executive Officer flying both the Gulfstream III and V at Air Station Washington, DC.
Between aviation assignments, he served shore assignments as the Chief of the Office of Search and Rescue at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC, Program Manager at the White House Military Office, and as the Coast Guard's first Performance Consulting Division Chief.
From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Hall served as Commanding Officer Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma where he led the Enlisted Center of Excellence with 7 apprentice A-schools, and 40 advanced C-schools with a staff of 500 active duty, civilian, and contract employees that designed, developed, and delivered resident and non-resident training to over 15,000 students a year.
He returned to Washington, DC, in 2011 to assume the position of Coast Guard's Chief Learning Officer. In that capacity he was directly responsible for all formal training world-wide with a training enterprise composed of 7 national training campuses (including 4 of the Coast Guard's 10 largest bases) and 12 regional, specialized training sites. He provided strategic vision and leadership for a workforce of 3,200 military and civilian employees who train 29,000 resident and 34,000 non-resident students, and visit and train 20,000 students at operational units annually. In addition, he managed Service-wide voluntary education and tuition assistance programs, and supervised both a quota management center for scheduling and tracking students and an institute for processing on-line and correspondence courses.
A graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Mr. Hall was a 2007 National Security Fellow at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and he earned a Master of Arts Degree in Education at San Diego State University in 1995.
His military honors include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Commendation Medals, an Achievement Medal and numerous other team, unit, and individual awards.