Col. Chris Toner is currently serving as the Commander of the Warrior Transition Command. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the Army’s Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP). The WCTP includes all aspects of the recovery and transition process for the Army’s wounded, ill and injured Soldiers recovering at Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) and the most severely wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and Veterans enrolled in the Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2).
Toner received his commission in 1987 as a distinguished military graduate of the ROTC program at Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas.
Toner’s first assignment was with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Scout Platoon Leader. In 1992, he was assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 7th Infantry Division (Light) where he served as the Brigade Plans and Operations Officer. In 1993, he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) where he served as a Rifle Company and Headquarters Company Commander. He was then assigned as the aide to the Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
In 1999, Toner was assigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as a Corps War Planner. Following this assignment, he served as the Operations Officer and Executive Officer in 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. In 2002 he was assigned to the United States Strategic Command as a Global Missile Defense Planner.
In 2004, Toner assumed command of 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division. The battalion formed Task Force Catamount, deployed to Afghanistan for 16 months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VII-VIII, and was awarded the Valorous Unit Award. In 2007, Toner assumed command of the Second Regiment of the United States Corps of Cadets, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.
In 2009, Toner assumed command of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division (Provisional Headquarters – Forward) at Fort Knox, Kentucky and in September, Toner assumed command of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. The brigade reformed, moved to Fort Knox, and was activated on October 16, 2009. In January 2011, the brigade formed Task Force Duke and deployed for 12 months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom XI-XII to Khost and Paktya Provinces, Regional Command-East, Afghanistan.
In July 2012, Toner was assigned as the Chief of Staff, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). In February 2013, the Division deployed as CJTF-101 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom XIV for 11 months.
Toner is a graduate of the Naval War College, School for Advanced Military Studies, Command and General Staff College, the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Course, the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, the Air Assault Course, the Airborne Course, Jumpmaster Course, and Ranger Course.
Toner’s awards and decorations include the Valorous Unit Award, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Ranger Tab.