Col. Chris Toner is currently serving as the Commander of the Army’s Warrior Transition Command. In this role, he oversees 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 first served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Scout Platoon Leader with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division. In 1992, he was assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 7th Infantry Division (Light) where he served as the Brigade Plans and Operations Officer including operations in support of JTF-LA, Los Angeles Riots. 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 where he served as a Corps War Planner, followed by an assignment as the Operations Officer and Executive Officer in 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. During this time Toner deployed with 2-505 in support of the Multinational Force and Observers Mission, Sinai, Egypt.
In 2004, Toner assumed command of 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment (Catamounts), 10th Mountain Division. In January 2006, the battalion formed Task Force Catamount, deployed 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. In 2009, Toner assumed command of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Knox, Kentucky. In January 2011, the brigade formed Task Force Duke and deployed for 12 months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom XI-XII.
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, and both the Infantry Officer and Field Artillery Officer Advanced Courses. 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.