SDDC reservist reflects on service to country


By Mark Diamond
Hq. SDDC Public Affairs

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — Capt. Christopher Pruitt, with the G3 Operations directorate’s Command Operations Center, is an Army reservist who has been working with SDDC for about three years.

As the team chief, Northern Command Team, the captain and his team are responsible for tracking all military cargo movement that departs and arrives within the continental United States. He said the team’s main responsibility is receiving retrograde cargo from Afghanistan and getting that cargo to its final destination.

One of the highlights of his time with SDDC involved the final Mine Resistant Ambush Protective vehicle to leave Iraq.  “It was a great moment when the last MRAP left Iraq,” added the captain.  “I was involved in getting this equipment home…”

Pruitt, who said he loves being a Soldier and serving his country, has been in the military for 19 years.  He said he served 10 years as a noncommissioned officer before getting his direct commission as an officer.  “I joined the military because I wanted to serve my country,” added the captain.

He said joining the military also has afforded him the opportunity to visit many different locations throughout the world. Two of those locations standout as particularly important. “I was deployed to Tiblisi in the Republic of Georgia in 2008 to assist in the training of the country’s military, and I loved the people and the rich history of the country.” During his last deployment to Iraq in 2009-2010, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

When it comes to military service, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  The captain said his oldest son, Lance Corporal Brandon Pruitt, is currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corps working in the aviation field at Quantico, Va.

When he’s not at work, Pruitt said he enjoys spending time with his family. “My two sons, [Jack and Sam], keep me busy with their sports,” added the captain.  He said he is also an active soccer coach for Sam’s select soccer team, Real St. Louis Soccer Club U10 Boys.

When asked what’s one thing the people he work with may not know about him, Pruitt admitted, “I am terrified of spiders.”