Troy University alumnus Chris Hardy, a U.S. Army veteran with 27 years of service, is among the class of 2022 Rangers Hall of Fame inductees.
Hardy, who earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2002, was among 16 soldiers and one civilian inducted at a July 13 ceremony at Fort Benning, Georgia.
“Successful leadership is about caring for people and setting a good example daily, in word and deed, to earn and keep their loyalty and respect,” said Hardy, who now serves as Senior Vice President of operations at Yorktown Systems Group. “This experience has been incredibly humbling, and I am honored to be inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame and to join this great group of American heroes.”
Entering the military in January 1986, Hardy spent most of his 27 years as a member of 75e Ranger Regiment. His initial deployment took him to Somalia with Task Force Ranger. He would later serve numerous deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
During his military career, Hardy served in every enlisted duty position inherent in an Airborne Ranger rifle company, including several Sergeant Major and Command Sergeant Major positions. He also oversaw the completion of more than $3.5 billion in construction at the Army’s largest training facility, Fort Benning. In 2013, Hardy retired from a distinguished career as CSM for the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) at Fort Benning.
Hardy received more than 50 awards and decorations, including the Order of St. Maurice from the National Infantry Association, the Primicerius Award and the Order of St. George from the U.S. Armor and Cavalry Association. He is also a distinguished member of the 75th Ranger Regiment, 187th Infantry Regiment and 502nd Infantry Regiment. He also holds a Masters in Education – Training and Development from Trident University International.
As Senior Vice President of Operations at Yorktown, Hardy is responsible for planning, implementing and overseeing the execution and performance of the company’s most complex and mission-critical operations. It also provides training and mission support to interagency forces, special operations forces (SOF), and other joint forces.
Located in the National Infantry Museum in Fort Benning, Georgia, the Ranger Hall of Fame preserves the legacy of some of the United States Army’s most extraordinary soldiers. Fewer than 200 Rangers have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since 1992. To be eligible for selection for this honor, an individual must have had a distinguished career with outstanding contributions while exhibiting exemplary service as a Ranger unit in combat or a successful graduate of US Army Ranger School.