Chris Gibson entered the US Army as a second lieutenant in March 1986. Over the course of his 24 year Army career, he rose to the rank of Colonel and deployed 7 times; including 4 combat tours in Iraq and separate deployments to Kosovo, and to the southwestern US for a counter-drug operation.
While in command, Col Gibson’s Battalion was involved in combat operations in Mosul in support of the first national election in the new Iraq, his Battalion Task Force earned the Valorous Unit Award. For their actions in Tal Afar during the 2nd and 3rd national elections in Iraq his Battalion and the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment was recognized for excellence by President George W. Bush and earned a 2nd Valorous Unit Award. Most recently, just prior to his retirement, he deployed to Haiti where he commanded the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team during the opening month of that Humanitarian Relief Operation.
Former Col Gibson’s combat awards include two Legion of Merit Medals, four Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge with Star, Master Parachutist Badge with Ranger Tab, and multiple campaign medals. Combat Veterans for Congress
I would like to see a more precise statement on National Defense:
Stronger National Security: We will lead the Congress towards new legislation that better coordinates the US Government to “see” the enemy threats to America. We need to more effectively respond to threats as well as opportunities, and proactively advance US interests in concert with friends and allies. Gibson for Congress - Issues
It appears that New York has delayed drawing the new Congressional districts. NY Gerrymandering in 2012 and that may effect his chances.
I was unable to find an opponent running against Gibson in this race, but that could be due to the late redistricting.