Chris Marvin

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Christopher Michael Marvin

(1979-04-02) April 2, 1979 (age 40)
Normal, Illinois, U.S.A.
Spouse(s)Amy Miller (m. 2007)
Nonprofit Executive
Public Speaker
AwardsBronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svgMeritorious Service Medal
Air Medal ribbon.svg Air Medal
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service2001 - 2009
Battles/warsOperation Enduring Freedom

Christopher Michael Marvin (born April 2, 1979) is a former United States Army helicopter pilot. He is the founder and former executive director of Got Your 6, a campaign that works with studios, networks and agencies in the entertainment industry, to shift perceptions of veterans and military families. He is now the principal at Marvin Strategies, a consulting practice focused on veteran-related strategy and communication.

Early life and education[edit]

Marvin was born and raised in Central Illinois. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame[1] and Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.[2]

Military Service[edit]

Marvin served more than seven years as a US Army Officer and Black Hawk helicopter pilot,[3] leading an aviation platoon in Afghanistan.[4] He was named the Distinguished Honor Graduate of his Aviation Officer Basic Course[5] and was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division.[6]

In Afghanistan, he flew 40 combat missions before being severely wounded in a helicopter crash near the Afghan-Pakistan border,[7] which ended his military career.[8] Marvin spent four years recovering from his wounds, and during that time he began volunteering as an advocate for other wounded veterans.[9]

Volunteer Service[edit]

Marvin was named the first Mission Continues fellow in 2007 and developed the organization's original slogan “It's not a charity, it's a challenge.”[10] As the national director of the Fellowship Program, he logged more than 2,000 volunteer hours in 2008 for The Mission Continues before joining the organization as full-time staff in 2009.[11]

He has also been the director of civilian-military partnerships for ServiceNation where he headed the Mission Serve initiative.[12] and oversaw service projects in 11 major American cities on 11/11/11, in honor of Veterans Day.[13]

Marvin served as a commissioner for the Bipartisan Policy Center's Commission on Political Reform. .[14] He is a Truman National Security Fellow[15] and a Presidio Institute Cross Sector Leadership Fellow.[16]

Got Your 6[edit]

Chris Marvin is the founder and former executive director of the national veteran campaign Got Your 6.[17] The organization was founded in 2012 as a coalition of entertainment industry companies,[18] and nonprofit organizations focused on veterans and military families,.[19]

In 2015, Marvin departed Got Your 6 to launch a consulting practice focused on veteran-related strategy and communication.

Awards and honors[edit]

Chris Marvin's military awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Medal.[20] His work with Got Your 6 has been recognized with awards from the National Conference on Citizenship,[21] Points of Light,[22] Goodwill Industries,[23] and the Clinton Global Initiative.[24][25]


  1. ^ Lenore Sobota “CCHS grad leads civilian-veteran outreach effort”, “The Pantagraph”, November 10, 2013
  2. ^ Matthew Brodsky, “Challenge Not Charity”, “Wharton Magazine”, November 11, 2013
  3. ^ Chris Marvin, “A Veteran's Request: Ask Me About Combat”, “Parade”, November 11, 2013
  4. ^ Matthew Brodsky, “Alumni Impact Story: Chris Marvin, WG'11”, “Wharton Social Impact Initiatives”, November 11, 2013
  5. ^ “Chris Marvin”, “National Conference on Citizenship', Retrieved February 7, 2014
  6. ^ "Afghanistan Veteran to be Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's Honored Guest at Presidential Inaugural Ball" (Press release). Washington D.C. & Honolulu, Hawaii: Office of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. January 18, 2013. Archived from the original on February 21, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  7. ^ Chad Blair, “Gabbard Taking Wounded Schofield Vet To Inaugural Ball”, “Honolulu Civil Beat”, January 18, 2013
  8. ^ Chris Marvin, “A Veteran's Perspective: What Makes a Hero?”, “Huffington Post Impact”, April 6, 2014
  9. ^ Randy LoBasso, “Q&A: Philly Resident and Veteran Chris Marvin Talks His Role in 'National Conversations on American Unity'” Archived March 18, 2014, at, “Philadelphia Weekly”, March 5, 2013
  10. ^ Joe Klein, “Can Service Save Us?”, “TIME”, June 20, 2013
  11. ^ Chris Marvin (Dec 16, 2009). Chris Marvin-Mission Continues Fellow.flv (YouTube Video). The Mission Continues. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  12. ^ ServiceNation, “About Mission Serve” Archived 2014-03-31 at the Wayback Machine, “Mission”, Retrieved March 28, 2014
  13. ^ Jennifer Homcy, “11/11/11 Service Projects-Hawaii”, “Sierra Club,” November 30, 2011
  14. ^ Randy LoBasso, “Q&A: Philly Resident and Veteran Chris Marvin Talks His Role in 'National Conversations on American Unity'” Archived March 18, 2014, at, “Philadelphia Weekly”, March 5, 2013
  15. ^ Chris Marvin, “A Veteran's Response to Pentagon Plan to Reduce Size of Military”, “Parade”, March 7, 2014
  16. ^ Presidio Institute, “2014 Cross Sector Leadership Fellows”, “Presidio Institute”, Retrieved March 31, 2014
  17. ^ Joe Myxter, “Entertainment industry unites around 'Got Your 6' to help veterans return to civilian life”, “NBC News”, May 10, 2012
  18. ^ Stuart Levine “Biz teams with military to help vets”, “Variety”, May 9, 2012
  19. ^ Teresa Fausey, “Building Bridges with Got Your 6”, “Profiles in Diversity Journal”, February 10, 2014
  20. ^ "goodworks" (PDF). Goodwill Southern California. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  21. ^ National Conference on Citizenship, “Presentation of the HOOAH Award to Capt Chris Marvin”, “National Conference on Citizenship”, September 18, 2012
  22. ^ Points of Light, “Award Number: 4764”, “Points of Light”, May 11, 2012
  23. ^ Goodwill Southern California, “2013 Goodwill Gala for Heroes”, “Goodwill Southern California”, September 20, 2103
  24. ^ CGI America, “President Clinton announces progress of Got Your Six Campaign” Archived May 8, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, “”, June 7, 2012
  25. ^ Clinton Global Initiative, “Honoring the Ongoing Leadership of America's Veterans”, “Clinton Global Initiative”, November 11, 2013