Christopher A. Gruber
Commander, Western Regional Medical Command
Colonel Christopher A. Gruber assumes command of the Western
Regional Medical Command after serving as its Chief of Staff.
COL Gruber earned his Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in
East African Studies at The Colorado College and a Master of Science in
Administration from Central Michigan University. He earned his
commission in 1991 through ROTC at The Colorado College.
COL Gruber served in myriad positions throughout his army career. He
was a Medical Company Treatment Platoon Leader, Assistant Battalion S-4
and Division Evacuation Officer with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea.
After his successful graduation from Flight School at Fort Rucker,
Alabama, as a UH-1 helicopter pilot, he was assigned to the 54th Medical
Company (Air Ambulance) at Fort Lewis, Washington, where he served as a
MEDEVAC Flight Section and Fight Platoon Leader. First Lt. Gruber
completed a tour at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, as the MEDEVAC Flight
Detachment Commander and completed the transition course to become a
UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot. As a Captain, he was assigned to the
236th Medical Company (Air Ambulance) in Landstuhl, Germany, where he
served as the Flight Platoon Leader and Operations Officer. While
assigned to the 236th, he completed deployments in support of NATO
peacekeeping operations in both Bosnia and Kosovo.
After departing Germany, Captain Gruber served as the 1st Special
Forces Group Medical Operations Officer at Fort Lewis, Washington, where
he completed his first combat deployment to the Republic of the
Philippines in support of Joint Task Force 510. Then promoted to Major,
he was assigned to command the 236th Medical Company (Air Ambulance),
and deployed to Kuwait and Southern Iraq for his second combat tour. He
was later assigned as the Chief of Operations for the Landstuhl Regional
Medical Command, then the 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia.
During this assignment he deployed to Iraq for 15 months as part of the
“Iraqi Surge,” successfully completing his third combat tour. Lieutenant
Colonel Gruber was then assigned as the S-3 Operations Officer of the
62nd Medical Brigade, Fort Lewis, Washington, where he completed his
fourth combat deployment to Afghanistan.
COL Gruber has served at WRMC for the past four years in varying
positions of increasing responsibility to include Current Operations
Officer for the G-3 section, Executive Officer, Assistant Chief of Staff
for Operations (G-3) and most recently, as the Chief of Staff.
COL Gruber’s military awards, decorations and badges include: The
Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), the
Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary medal,
the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq
Campaign Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the NATO Medal with 2
Bronze Service Stars, denoting service in Bosnia, Kosovo and
Afghanistan, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit
Commendation (3 OLC), the Army Superior Unit Award, the Philippine
Presidential Unit Citation, the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Army
Parachutist Badge, the Senior Army Aviator Badge and the Royal Thai Army