From the October 2023 Issue of the Defense Transportation Journal (

The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) Board of Directors has selected COL Chris Heibel, USA (Ret.), Senior Vice President, American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier (ARC), as a recipient of the 2023 NDTA President’s Award for his dedicated support to the National Defense Transportation Association. As a lifelong transporter and logistician, COL Heibel drew upon his expertise to provide dynamic force protection solutions for commercial industry to augment and enhance military organic lift capabilities when the requirement exceeded what was immediately available to support the deployment or redeployment need.

His military and industry experiences around the world established him as a transportation subject matter expert and a go-to contact for advice and collaboration. Understanding the value of developing our future leaders, COL Heibel actively sought to mentor and educate those he served with in the military and those he worked with in government and industry. COL Heibel has been active in NDTA for decades both as a corporate and individual member, and during that time tirelessly built relationships, educating those he worked with, helping NDTA promote a strong national defense.

COL Chris Heibel’s accomplishments as a soldier, industry leader, and NDTA member are in keeping with the finest traditions of the National Defense Transportation Association and he deserves to be recognized and honored for all that he has personally done to advance NDTA’s mission and to develop our future leaders.

About ARC

ARC provides Government services including global logistics and shipping services. ARC and its U.S. affiliates own and manage the largest U.S.-flag Ro-Ro fleet. This includes providing American-owned, managed, and crewed Ro-Ro shipping and intermodal services committed to the requirements of the Department of Defense, other U.S. Government departments and agencies, and commercial customers.


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