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Yorktown Systems’ Chris Hardy inducted into Army Ranger Hall of Fame

HUNTSVILLE — Yorktown Systems Group Senior Vice President of Operations Chris Hardy was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame in a ceremony Wednesday at Fort Benning, Ga. Hardy served in the Army for 27 years, most as a Ranger in the 75th Ranger Regiment.

One of the requirements for selection is a distinguished career with outstanding contributions while presenting exemplary service as a Ranger unit in combat or a successful graduate of the Army Ranger School, according to a news release.

“Successful leadership is about taking care of people and demonstrating the proper example daily, in both word and deed, to earn and maintain their loyalty and respect,” Hardy said. “This experience has been incredibly humbling, and I’m honored to be inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame.”

Hardy has more than 50 awards and decorations, including the National Infantry Association’s Order of St. Maurice, Primicerius Award and the U.S. Armor and Cavalry Association’s Order of St. George. He is also a distinguished member of the 75th Ranger Regiment, the 187th Infantry Regiment and the 502nd Infantry Regiment.

A native of West Virginia, Hardy entered the Army in January 1986. His initial combat deployment was to Somalia with Task Force Ranger, with subsequent deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

During his career, Hardy served in every enlisted position including multiple sergeants major and command sergeants major assignments. At Fort Benning, he provided oversight for completion of more than $3.5 billion in construction.

In 2013, Hardy retired as CSM for the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning.

As senior vice president of operations, Hardy oversees Yorktown’s training and mission support operations.

The Ranger Hall of Fame, in the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, preserves the legacy of some of the most extraordinary soldiers in the military. Nearly 200 Rangers have been inducted into the hall of fame since 1992.

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