Rear Adm. Christopher Weaver was born in Harrisonville, Missouri. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with the Class of 1971, majoring in International Affairs. He holds a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University and is a distinguished graduate of the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, The National Defense University.
He was designated a surface warfare officer in 1973. His sea tours include duty aboard USS Marvin Shields (DE 1066), USS Capodanno (FF 1093), USS Boulder (LST 1190) and USS Samuel Eliot Morison (FFG 13). His seagoing commands were USS Exultant (MSO 441) and USS Spruance (DD 963).
Ashore, Weaver served as a junior officer assignment officer in the Bureau of Naval Personnel; as head of Seamanship and Navigation Department at the U.S. Naval Academy; as head, Surface Combatant Ship Branch of the Surface Warfare Division (OP-36), Office of the CNO; and as head, Mine Warfare and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Branch of the Expeditionary Warfare Division (N-85). Weaver commanded U.S. Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia, from 1994-96 immediately prior to assuming duties as executive officer to the director for Logistics (J-4), the Joint Staff. He was selected for flag rank in February 1997 and took command of the Naval District of Washington in February 1998 as its 83rd commandant, ultimately becoming the second-longest serving commander in the Naval District's 200 year history. In 2003, he was selected as the first commander, Navy Installations Command, where he led the creation of a unified command of some 70 Navy installations worldwide, employing 60,000 personnel and a $9 billion annual operating budget.
Weaver retired after 35 years of service and has performed as a private consultant, enjoying success in a range of business areas including organizational change; cybersecurity, energy and the environment; defense and private industrial infrastructure development and security; infrastructure management; integrated coastal security vessels, systems and processes; and leadership training. From September 2015 to August 2016, he served as the director, Department of General Services for the city of Washington, D.C., returning to his consulting practice after this service.
He is an honorary Seabee and an honorary master chief petty officer. His personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Battle Efficiency "E" Medal, National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign and Service Medals and the Combat Action Ribbon. He also holds the Cruz Blanca, awarded by the president and government of Peru.