Mr. McKinley is a Former U.S. Navy SEAL with over 15 years of combined Naval Special Operations Command (NAVSOC) and Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Department of State (DoS) field experience as a SEAL and as a Government Contractor.
Early in his career, Chris was assigned to SEAL Team 8 for five years before being attached to the Assault Cell of SEAL Team 18 (Det. 309) of the Naval Special Warfare Group Two (NSWG2).
Chris’ qualifications include the following disciplines; Sniper, Advanced Urban Combat, Unarmed Improvised Combat Course, Breacher (Explosive & Manual entry) Advanced Applied Explosives (AAE), High Threat Driving, Accelerated Freefall, Photo, Intelligence, Digital Intelligence, Close Quarters Combat (Battle), Direct Action, Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Protective Security Details. He was formally trained as an 18Delta (US Army Special Forces Medical Sergeant).
After a severe injury, Chris left the US Navy and earned a Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with concentrations in Orthopedic Surgery/Sports Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He then went to work with Blackwater USA on U.S. Department of State contracts as a section leader in their WPPS Mobile Dignitary Protection Program.
Additionally, he operated within Blackwater’s elite ‘SELECT’ Activities Division as an Assault Team Leader/Clandestine Paramilitary Operator (Other Govt. Agency/OGA). For a period of 18 months, Chris was also Blackwater’s Director of Medical operations & the Clandestine Activities Cell Planner for the DoD, DoS and Joint Special Operations Aviation Detachment (JSOAD) command structures in Africa, Afghanistan/Pakistan. Chris’ collective field experiences as both a military and paramilitary operator include service in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq (OEF/OIF), Bosnia/Kosovo, African theaters of operation.
As a civilian consultant, he has worked with FBI HRT and many state Law Enforcement SWAT Teams on tactical skill sets to include Active Shooter/Mass Casualty, Rapid Structural Evacuation, High Angle Rope, Tactical Pistol and Rifle, Urban Sniping, High Threat Driving, Linear Assault, Exterior Structure Analysis & Intel, Covert/Clandestine Concepts, Micro-Expression/Deception & Deception Detection, as well as Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)/Care Under Fire (CUF), Self-Aid/Buddy-Aid and Street Survival.
Today, Mr. McKinley is the Founder INVICTVS Group, a consulting consortium and a partner in the Tactical Division of Smart Digital. Mr. McKinley’s debut book ‘UNDAUNTED: Life’s Toughest Battles Are Not Always Fought In A War Zone’ was an Amazon #1 Best Seller for 12 straight weeks since its release on September 11th, 2015.
It currently sits comfortably in the top 10 on Amazon. UNDAUNTED has sold over 20,000 copies in Kindle and Hardcover combined. Mr. McKinley’s song “American Patriot” has been an iTunes Independent Country Artist #1 Download since it’s release in July of 2016.