Chris Whetstone, our Product Line Manager for the EXO Charge division’s mission-ready power solutions, is a U.S. Army Veteran who joined Xentris Wireless in June of 2008. His role has focused on product creation, driving development and collaborating with our team to launch high quality fast-charging wired and wireless solutions on time and within budget. In this post, Chris shares his background and accomplishments in the military that shaped him as a Soldier and how they have extended into his career.
My active duty military career started in February 1998 at Fort Benning, Georgia where I attended basic training to become an Infantry Soldier. I graduated in June 1998 and earned my blue cord and the title of distinguished honor graduate, which included a promotion and the Army Achievement Medal. However, the most memorable moment of graduation was General Henry H. Shelton himself handing me his Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Challenge Coin.
When I arrived at my first duty, the Sergeant Major stopped by and asked me and another Infantry Soldier some specific questions, all of which I answered correctly. Little did I know that it was a test for him to select one of us to be assigned to the Battalion S4, which is responsible for supply and logistics. The Sergeant Major selected me for this role. I had not been specifically trained for this role but was successful at learning it and executing my duties. I was promoted to E4 Specialist in this role before being assigned to my next duty station at Camp Casey, Korea.
I spent the remainder of my active duty enlistment at Camp Casey, Korea. While there, I completed the Manchu Mile, a 25-mile march in full combat gear through Korea’s mountainous terrain. This was to commemorate the 85-mile forced march completed by the unit during the Boxer Rebellion. At the completion of this march, the Manchu belt buckle is earned. The march was mentally and physically challenging, but exhilarating to complete.
My active duty enlistment ended in January 2001 and I departed with an Army Commendation Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, Army Overseas Service Ribbon and an honorable discharge.
After serving this great country, I attended college where I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering and started down my civilian career path. During the 12 years at Xentris Wireless, I have had the opportunity to develop products with the latest innovations in OEM technology for the consumer market. As we expand into ruggedized charging solutions, it is an honor to use my personal military background and insight to help develop solutions specifically for the environments I once experienced.
As a Veteran, I am proud to be part of a team that is working towards making a difference to improve the Soldier’s lethality with higher performing, more efficient equipment specifically for the battlefield. On behalf of the entire Xentris Wireless and EXO Charge team, I would like to thank all of those who have served and continue to serve.