Executive Officer, 7th Communication Battalion
Major Christopher N. Earley
Major Earley enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1989, through the Delayed Entry Program, and later attended recruit training at MCRD, Parris Island, South Carolina in 1990. He was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Private First Class. Major Earley served as a Motor Transport Driver from 1991 to 1996 with 2d Assault Amphibian Battalion (AAV Bn), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; participating in Unit Deployment and a Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force, in Okinawa Japan. He departed active duty from the Marine Corps, as a Sergeant on 24 July, 1996.
In June of 2000, he graduated from Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. While attending college, he served as a Sergeant with H&S Co, 4th AAV Bn, USMCR, in Tampa, Florida. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 24 August, 2000 through the Platoon Leaders Course. Upon completion of the Basic Communication Officer’s Course in Quantico, Virginia, Major Earley was transferred to 3d Marine Division, Okinawa Japan; where he held billets with Division Communication Company as the Multi-Channel Platoon Commander, and later as the Operations Officer. He also served with 12th Marine Regiment as their S6 Alpha, and then took over as the Battalion S6 Officer for Combat Assault Battalion, 3d Marine Division. While overseas he participated in numerous exercises to South Korea, Philippines, and Thailand. Upon completion of his overseas tour, Major Earley reported to Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS), as a Residential Student. Following graduation from EWS, he augmented Officer Candidates School (OCS) as a Platoon Commander in the Summer of 2006. Major Earley was then later assigned to the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, where he was the direct Project Officer for a twelve-million-dollar project. In December 2006, he received his “Call to Ministry” and immediately enrolled in Seminary. While serving on active duty, Major Earley earned two Master’s degrees from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and served as an Associate Pastor, in Culpeper, Virginia. On 15 September 2009, Major Earley resigned his commission as an active duty Marine Corps Captain.
On 16 September 2009, Major Earley was commissioned as a Navy Chaplain. Upon graduation from the Navy Chaplaincy School and Center in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where he received the Stanley J. Beach Leadership Award. He was then assigned to 3d Marine Air Wing (MAW) as the Group Chaplain for Marine Air Control Group (MACG) 38, Miramar, California. During his tour with MACG 38, he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, as the Assistant Wing Chaplain for 3d MAW FWD. Major Earley also served as the Command Chaplain for Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Japan from September 2011 to October 2012. In November 2012, Major Earley was assigned to MCB Quantico, where he served as The Basic School Command Chaplain. In October 2015, Major Earley checked into Naval Special Warfare Group-1, in Coronado CA. During this tour, he deployed to the Middle-East with SEAL Team One, and again with SEAL Team Three, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Upon returning from Iraq in March of 2018, Major Earley finalized his transition back to the Marine Corps.
On Aug 31st of 2018, then Lieutenant Commander Earley resigned from the Navy, and on Sept 1st of 2018, Major Earley was sworn back into the Marine Corps, as a Communications Officer. From September to December of 2018, Major Earley was temporarily assigned as Site Support, to 4th Tank Bn of San Diego. In late December 2018, Major Earley reported for duty to 1st MAW, in Okinawa Japan; where he served as the G-6 Operations Officer, and then later as the Deputy G-6. Since April 2020, Major Earley has been serving as the Executive Officer of 7th Communication Battalion, III MEF Information Group, Okinawa Japan.
He has been married to the former Veronica J. Campbell, for the last twenty-eight years. They have a twenty-seven-year-old daughter, Kala; a twenty-two-year-old son, Foxx; and a seventeen-year-old son, Coby. They also have one grandson, Case, who is one years old. Major Earley’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 1 silver star (6th award), a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star (2nd award).