BRIGADIER GENERAL CHRISTOPHER KNAPP

Brigadier General Christopher J. Knapp is Chief of Staff, Missouri Air National Guard. He is responsible for establishing policy to ensure mission readiness of a B-2 Bomb Association Wing, C-130 Airlift Wing, Air Operations Group, Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center, Air Traffic Control and Combat Communications Squadrons, and other support missions and programs totaling over 2,250 Air National Guard personnel.  Assists the Adjutant General in formulating, developing and coordinating all programs, policies, and plans enabling ANG personnel to respond to both Federal and State mission requirements.  Core member of the Missouri Joint Force Headquarters Joint Staff, serving as the senior Air Force advisor to TAG, and oversees ANG participation in the State Partnership Program with Panama.

General Knapp received his commission in 1981 as Second Lieutenant. In May 1985 upon completion of medical school, he was promoted to Captain. He was assigned to Aviano Air Base, Italy in 1988 and served as Chief of Clinic Services. Subsequent assignments included Chief, Family Practice Clinic and Exercise Evaluation Team and Chief, Aeromedical Services. General Knapp entered the Aerospace Medicine Residency at Brooks Air Force Base, Texas in 1993 and graduated in 1996. He was honorably discharged from active duty in 1999. General Knapp was re-commissioned in 2002 in the Illinois Air National Guard, and served as Commander, 126th Medical Group. He then transferred to the Missouri Air National Guard on 28 March 2008 and served as the State Air Surgeon. General Knapp has logged over 100 combat and combat support flight hours in Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM and SOUTHERN WATCH. He is dual board certified by the American Board of Medical Preventive Medicine in Aerospace Medicine and Occupational Medicine, as well as board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He has been in private practice in the field of Occupational Medicine since 1999, currently serving as the Medical Director, Occupational Health Clinic, Gateway Regional Medical Center, in Granite City, Illinois, and also serves as a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration.