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Major Christopher Reith

Instructor of History

Department of History

Maj Reith
Contact Information

(719) 333-3622



Major Christopher Reith graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School in 2008 and from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2012. Upon graduation, he attended pilot training at Vance AFB, Oklahoma where he flew the T-6 and T-1 aircraft. After pilot training, Maj Reith flew the C-130J Super Hercules during assignments at Ramstein AB, Germany and Little Rock AFB, Arkansas from 2015-2021. He has logged more than 2,000 flying hours which include over 450 combat hours in Afghanistan, Libya, and Somalia.

In 2022, Chris graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida where he earned a Master of Arts degree in History. Maj Reith now serves as an Instructor of History at the U.S. Air Force Academy.


Bachelor of Science, Military History, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado (2012)

Master of Arts, History, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida (2022)

Professional Experience

Senior Pilot with over 2,000 flying hours in the C-130J, T-1A, and T-6A; including over 450 combat hours, and academic educator

Honors & Awards

Air Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters and 3 “C” devices

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air and Space Commendation Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters

Air and Space Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Air and Space Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border and 1 oak leaf cluster

Research and Scholarly Interests

Military History

U.S. History

Airpower History