Lieutenant Day has been an excellent Platoon Leader during both the Troop’s Pre-deployment Training and Combat Advising Mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon assuming duties as Platoon Leader, Lieutenant Day distinguished himself as a meticulous tactician with a knowledge base far beyond that of officers of his age and experience. Lieutenant Day’s Platoon was recognized perpetually for exemplary execution of combat operations. Lieutenant Day’s Platoon was hand selected to participate in “Operation Red Thunder,” a kinetic operation to clear a Taliban stronghold. Lieutenant Day’s Platoon was again hand selected by the Squadron Commander to support a Brigade Level Operation to secure the remains of two fallen paratroopers. Through numerous combined patrols in support of Afghan National Security Forces, Lieutenant Day’s Platoon greatly increased the capabilities of their Afghan counterparts. In recognition of his quality leadership and dedication to the craft of Combat Advising and Counter-Insurgency, Lieutenant Day’s Platoon has continually been selected for tough assignments. Lieutenant Day is a proven combat leader.
- Major Michael Trujillo -
I’ve never met a man with more stellar leadership ability or with such colossal character as Chris Day. My 3 man sniper element reported to Captain Day for the better part of our yearlong deployment to Western Afghanistan. As a team, correct implementation of our assets to his infantry platoon were never in question, nor was the quality of senior leadership. His ability to remain assertive in a non-condescending way allowed zero margin for such things as disrespect or a lack of preparation. Our team collectively counted ourselves as both fortunate and blessed that we fell under Chris’ guidance and command, and I would consider anyone subordinate to Chris in any future position as the same.
- Dave Adams, former Specialist, US Army -
When I first brought Chris into Selway Capital, as a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces I recognized his potential, and I believed his innate character and abilities would more than outweigh his lack of previous experience in the sector. More than three years later, I can say that he has proven me correct time and again throughout his tenure here. A quick study who rapidly made himself an indispensable member of the team, his analytical skills, business sense, and focus truly set him apart. I am proud to have him with us, and he will be an asset to any organization or constituency he represents.
- Yaron Eitan, Managing Partner, Selway Capital -
Great work in Farah. I’ve been watching the situation in Regional Command-West for a long time and the difference you and your paratroopers are making is impressive – and critical to what we’re doing. Thanks for your professionalism – it matters.
- General Stanley McChrystal -
Chris has been a supportive advocate for the success of our startup as we worked through the pains associated with launching our business and mobile app. He has consistently made himself available to assist with the company in fundraising and product testing, and always gives me excellent and thoughtful feedback on issues from financing to operational projections and plans. His instincts, honesty, and dedication to a goal are unparalleled, and CardSpark is in debt to his efforts.
- Erik Zamkoff, CEO, CardSpark -
Captain Day’s performance has been spectacular, one of the top two of the thirteen Captains I senior rate. Chris demonstrates the maturity, energy, and intellect that you want handling the most complex and demanding situations and he routinely makes sound and sensible decisions. Captain Day is ready to command and will do so with distinction.
- Lieutenant Colonel Jeffery Howard -
Phenomenal performance by an exceptional officer! Captain Day continues to outperform his peers in every regard and is clearly one of the best Captains in the Squadron. As the Squadron’s Logistics Officer, Chris mastered the art of effectively navigating the complexity and idiosyncrasies of combat, redeployment, equipment and vehicle reset, and reintegration. While serving in Afghanistan, Chris supervised and conducted quality assurance for over $5 million of construction projects and twenty two service contracts valued at $3 million for US military and Afghan Government and Security Forces. Particularly noteworthy is Chris’ contribution to the infrastructure improvement of the Farah Regional Airfield. He flawlessly planned and supervised the movement of the Squadron that included movement of 647 personnel and 1,300 items consisting of vehicles and equipment from multiple outlying Forward Operating Bases in Afghanistan through Kuwait and Pakistan and subsequent arrival at Fort Bragg, NC. While at Fort Bragg, Chris played a pivotal role in establishing the unit’s operating systems and reset of five company level commands. He independently developed the Squadron’s Fiscal Year 2011 budget, implementing new fiscal management systems for $3.2 million with minimal higher echelon guidance. Smart, technically proficient, and morally grounded; Captain Day has all the hallmarks of an outstanding leader.
- Major Andrew Lanier -
Lieutenant Chris Day arrived in F Company late into the deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Chris quickly integrated as a Long Range Surveillance Platoon leader and eagerly sought experience as he conducted seven mounted reconnaissance missions with his platoon in the Ninewah Province. He earned the respect of his superiors, peers, and subordinates for his ability to quickly learn and understand the tactics required for successful reconnaissance. Upon redeployment, Chris managed his leadership responsibility very well by stressing safety and ensuring his Soldiers avoided injuries or other typical post-deployment mishaps. Simultaneously, Chris developed and executed a training plan to prepare his Noncomissioned Officers for their respective military schooling and prepare his junior Soldiers for advanced military schools like Ranger school. In addition, he conducted and supervised multiple training events to improve basic Soldier skills such as marksmanship, land navigation, and physical fitness.
- Major Isaac Rademacher -
Superb performance by Lieutenant Chris Day as an airborne scout platoon leader in this recon squadron deployed to Afghanistan. Lieutenant Day’s efforts were instrumental in preparing the platoon for our combat advising mission as he successfully led them through an intensive training cycle and rotation to JRTC. Tactically savvy and intelligent, Chris quickly built rapport with Afghan National Army and Police counterparts in Farah and fought alongside them during a large clearing operation in the Taliban stronghold of Shewan. Since then, Lieutenant Day and his platoon have made a lasting impact in the development of the Bala Baluk Police and holding of Shewan.
- Colonel Michael Wawrzyniak -