Major Christopher Pergola graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management (2003). After completing Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 2004, he received a commission in the United States Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant. Following completion of OCS, Second Lieutenant Pergola attended The Basic School (TBS), graduating in March of 2005. Second Lieutenant Pergola received orders to Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API) in Pensacola, Florida with follow-on training assignments at VT-28 in Corpus Christi, Texas and VT-22 in Kingsville, Texas. First Lieutenant Pergola was selected as a Naval Aviator and attended F/A-18 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Training at VFA-125 in Lemoore, California.
For his first fleet assignment, in December 2009, Captain Pergola was assigned to Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224 (VMFA(AW)-224) at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort, South Carolina where he served as S6 Communications OIC, S2 Intelligence OIC, CMCC, Schedules Officer, and Flight Officer. During his time with the “Bengals”, Captain Pergola deployed to MCAS Iwakuni in support of the WESTPAC Unit Deployment Program.
In January 2013, Captain Pergola was assigned to 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion aboard Camp Schwab, Okinawa as the Battalion Air Officer. Captain Pergola supported numerous battalion training evolutions and maintained the Joint Terminal Attack Controller and Joint Fires Observer qualifications for all assigned personnel.
In January 2014, Captain Pergola reported to Marine Aviation Training Support Group (MATSG) 22 as Flight Instructor with VT-22 in Kingsville, Texas. During his time as a Flight Instructor, Captain Pergola served as Schedules Writer, Class Advisor, Student Control Officer, and Safety Officer. In April of 2015, Captain Pergola was promoted to the rank of Major. During his time with VT-22, Maj Pergola participated in numerous Detachments for Training (DFTs) aboard NAF El Centro, California.
In August of 2017, Maj Pergola reported to Task Force 51 / 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (TF51/5) serving in numerous staff billets to include Information Operations Center (IOC) Senior Watch Officer (SWO), Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) Officer, and Liaison Officer to Combined Joint Task Force – Horn Of Africa (CJTF-HOA).
Major Pergola is currently assigned to MCAS Futenma Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron. Major Pergola is a graduate of Expeditionary Warfare School (EWSDEP 2008) and Command and Staff College (CSCDEP 2013). His personal decorations include the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy- Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various campaign and unit awards, medals, and ribbons.