Feature Story: Chris Little
Christopher Little is a 30 year old SSgt in the United States Marine Corps in which he enlisted at age 22 and is currently stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina as a Fire’s Chief. Chris and his family recently reached out to the Run Ranger Run team and expressed an interest to do 565 miles in one month while on deployment and on a ship.
Little was inspired by the message of Run Ranger Run and was instantly connected to the opportunity to participate while on deployment. The focus and dedication to his commitment is a testament to his surrounding colleagues and has allowed him to bear witness to the bond of our defense community to those in the active transition process from military service to civilian life.
Run Ranger Run was started because of the efforts of one transitioning US Army Ranger, Cory Smith, and his fortitude to commit to running 565 miles home, from Fort Benning, GA, to Indianapolis, IN, back in 2011. Cory’s journey captivated the hearts and minds of those who heard the story of his transition struggle through his epic run home.
Chris Little was dedicated to honoring his commitment while on deployment. The actual event of Run Ranger Run takes place over the entire month of February when groups of up to ten people form teams and commit to being active for 565 miles. Little is not an Army Ranger. He is not tied to the Ranger community and is not Army. Don’t let the title “Run Ranger Run” fool you. Little is one example of how you can find your own way to engage with Run Ranger Run and make a difference. He is an example of finding a way to be a part of something bigger than self.
“This is my way of raising awareness in the best way I know how, which is by supporting an organization (GallantFew) that has a mission to do great things for our Veterans and our Active Duty members,” Little said.
Prior to switching his job, Chris Little was a mortarman for 1st Battalion, 6th Marines for 6.5 years. Through, his inherit valor, bravery and esteemed heroism, he completed two combat deployments (Marjah Afghanistan initial insert in 2009-2010, and Khajaki in 2011-2012). Upon completing a deployment with the 22nd MEU in 2014, it opened the door for a second deployment with the same MEU, in which he is currently embarked. He is serving our country with patriotism and honor. Originally from Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, he received a technical degree in auto interior and body work for automobiles from WyoTech, which allowed him to obtain a job in Raleigh NC prior to joining the military. He has a wife, Katie and three young children who love and support him; their names are Stryker Aden 5; Addaleine Rae 3 and Zoe Alastriona-Marie who is 7 months old.
In his spare time, he enjoys being with family and working on old muscle cars. Also, enjoys working out and being in the outdoors. Run Ranger Run was something he knew nothing about until reading about it in Guns & Ammo Combat Arms magazine while deployed, and it has now become a passion for him and a way to say thanks to his fellow men and women in uniform. He has served alongside some of the best and most honorable men, some who have succumbed vast injuries, PTSD and even the most tragic of all, death. To honor, support and help these men he knows personally and to raise awareness of the known struggle it has on the families (during and post-deployment), Little participates in Run Ranger Run and is creating a life-long career out of the military while continuing on fighting for our Nation, all of which are things he has come to hold deeply in his heart. He hopes that more people see this and does Run Ranger Run as it is an excellent event that GallantFew created for this exact purpose of awareness, support and vital support needed for our military community.