After earning his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University, Christopher Tynes started his aviation training with the Navy. He graduated from the Naval Aviation Flight School (Navy Air Station Corpus Christi) in 1992, and from the Strike Lead Attack Ground School (NAS Fallon) in 1994. Christopher Tynes' military career kicked off with Patrol Squadron 11, where he worked as a P-3C Orion aircraft commander, assistant director of operations, and weapons training officer from 1993 to 1996.
Tynes is now serving with the Navy Reserve's TENTH Fleet as an information operations and electronic warfare division officer. He is a 2011 graduate of the Joint Air Operations Command and Control course offered at the Hurlburt Field, an Air Force Base in Florida. Currently, he is a candidate for a master's degree in international public policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where he is expected to graduate in 2014.
When not studying or engaged in military duties, he volunteers his time as a tutor and enjoys watching movies and playing club sports, such as softball and football.