Chris Craighead joined the Parachute Regiment of the British Army as a sixteen-year-old. He was then selected for the distinguished Pathfinder Platoon—an advanced force that provides reconnaissance in hostile territory for the airborne brigade. After serving with the Pathfinders, he was selected for the British Army’s elite and secretive tier-one special forces unit 22 SAS, which is known for covert reconnaissance, counterterrorism, and hostage rescues. During his time with the SAS he had numerous tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2019, Craighead was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for his actions confronting a terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya. On September 7th, 2020, he retired from the army after twenty-eight years of active service.
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