Leidos QTC Associate Director Chris Hill Awarded Purple Heart

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On March 7, Associate Director of Operations and Navy Command Master Chief Chris Hill received the Purple Heart for his leadership during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In September 2004, Hill served as Chief Hospital Corpsman at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq. He was wounded while simultaneously leading his team and attending to casualties.

United States Central Command formally recognized Hill at a ceremony in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. His former commanding officer, Lieutenant General Karsten “Hazel” Heckl, presented him with the medal and accompanying citation.

The Purple Heart is a U.S. military decoration awarded in the president’s name to those wounded or killed while serving on or after April 5, 1917. Its forerunner, the Badge of Military Merit, which took the form of a heart made of purple cloth, was initially established by General George Washington in 1782. The modern Purple Heart holds the distinction of being the oldest award still presented to service members.

After retiring from the Navy in June 2020, Hill soon joined Leidos QTC Health Services to advocate for Veterans as the Associate Director of Operations for Provider Management & Operations. He’s currently spearheading and growing our provider-employee network of medical professionals.

“As a Veteran myself, it’s an honor to work alongside employees like Chris,” Leidos QTC Health Services CEO Larry Schafer said. “His dedication and loyalty carry into his current work supporting Veterans as a mentor and a friend.”

Hill continues to be active in his local Navy community. He mentors up-and-coming leaders and is part of local U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Associations-Eastern North Carolina and Fleet Reserve Organization. Additionally, he consults with service members about the retirement process and adapting to civilian life.

“It’s an honor to serve active-duty service members, Veterans, and all lines of business within Leidos QTC Health Services,” Hill said. “I’m able to pay it forward and support the military personnel of this great country.”

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