"It definitely helped me out of my rough patch and is one of the reasons I'm still alive today."
On the Job | Chris Aguayo probably needs no introduction to anyone in the paintball community. An eight-year veteran of the United States Army, Chris has also served with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and Brookhaven Police Department, both in Georgia. During his eight years of active duty Chris served as a 19D/Cavalry Scout. He spent four years at Fort Hood with Grim Troop 2nd Squadron 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, and four years at Fort Bragg with Blackjack Troop 1st Squadron 38th Cavalry Regiment. During his enlistment, Chris was also deployed twice overseas; once to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. After the military he went on to Illinois State University where he majored in Political Science and minored in Agriculture. Chris, it seems, is a man of many talents as he also went on to run for U.S. Senate in Illinois in 2016 on the Veterans Party of America ticket. In 2019 Chris took another career path and in 2020 began school to obtain his Airframe and Powerplant FAA certification to work on aircraft. Chris attributes his entering law enforcement to his grandfather. As a kid, he and his grandfather would always watch COPS and America’s Most Wanted together. Chris’ grandfather worked as a security guard and he always admired and respected the uniform he wore. Chris was only four years old when he decided that he wanted to be in law enforcement when he grew up.
With such an expansive career, narrowing down the “best” memories can be hard. Near the top for Chris was being a sponsor for one of his soldiers when they went to the promotion board. But one other memory that stood out for Chris was making the North Metro SWAT Team while serving with Brookhaven PD. The part that stands out about making the team?...Chris nearly died during the tryout! By the end of a grueling 10-hour day of being smoked, Chris’ blood pressure had dropped and it felt like he had a sucking chest wound. But rather than give up, Chris took two bags of IV fluid before the interview at the end of the tryout and made the team! Not surprisingly, Chris has received several recognitions and commendations throughout his career. Some of these include Deputy of the Quarter while with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office as well as making the Commandant's List at Warrior Leader Course in the Army.
On the Field | Aside from serving his country and community in the Army and law enforcement, Chris now serves in a different capacity when it comes to the paintball community. Chris started playing paintball in 2010. While going through a really rough patch in life, one of his buddies from his unit invited him out for a “team” meeting. Four of them from the unit eventually formed S.T.A.R.S. Paintball and went on to attend a few events before they deployed to Afghanistan. “It definitely helped me out of my rough patch and is one of the reasons I’m still alive today.” In May of 2011, while on the tail end of his deployment to Afghanistan, Chris founded Task Force Legion Milsim. More than just a paintball team, TFL is a family dedicated to helping Veterans struggling with PTSD, depression, and suicide. Having dealt with his own struggles and remembering how paintball helped him through that dark time in his life, Chris believed that not enough was being done back home to help Veterans, especially with the suicide pandemic and thus, TFL was born. He felt that he could help others through paintball and has been doing exactly that for the last 10 years, and eventually they will be pushing for their 501c3 status. One of Chris’ favorite fields to play at was CPX Sports in Joliet, Illinois.
Chris has used his Army experiences to benefit his paintball career. “It has made me a better leader for my team and we’ve proven time and time again that military tactics work on a paintball field.” To say Chris is proud of Task Force Legion’s accomplishments would be an understatement. In 2012, TFL dominated Black River Paintball and won MVT at every event it attended and the year culminated with Chris winning MVP at Fulda Gap for NATO. Since then the team has 3-peated as MVT at Living Legends and has won numerous MVT awards. TFL has also won numerous MOFO, Best Sportsmanship, and Best Tank awards as well. However their biggest accolade that does and will always mean the most to him and the team...changing the lives of Veterans and others struggling with PTSD, depression, etc.
Having played for over 10 years has given Chris the opportunity to create some great memories within the sport of paintball. Chris recalled a memory from Fulda Gap 2012: “I was the unit commander for 2-11 ACR. Kent Jones & Wendell McInnis from Team Boxer were the NATO General and XO. Mamba from Capital Offense was the Warsaw General. Needless to say the first two hours after game on Warsaw wasn’t able to cross the DMZ on the Northern Flank. Mamba finally sent a tank and the right side of my flank collapsed. We lost the entire flank for about 45 min to an hour. I led a charge back up the hill through Duckett twice and we eventually retook the flank and held it for the rest of the day. I received two ‘battlefield promotions’ that weekend. I also ended up being the NATO MVP, but the BEST part of the entire weekend was hearing Wendell say ‘Fix bayonets!’ over the radio.”
Strictly Personal | In 2019 Chris got married to a great woman, partner, and his best friend. Though she may not like paintball, she strongly supports the team and their mission. On Oct. 10th, 2020, Chris became a father to an amazing son named Colt Wyatt Aguayo. Task Force Legion and what they have accomplished is the legacy he wants to leave behind for Colt. Chris loves hockey and baseball and is a diehard Chicago Cubs, Blackhawks, and Bears fan. He also supports the L.A. Dodgers because a family friend’s son was drafted by them in the 2020 MLB Draft. In high school Chris was in the NJROTC and became a Platoon Commander. Chris likes to fish and hopes to one day take his son hunting. He is obsessed with Savannah, GA and Tybee Island and they plan on moving to the area once he’s finished with school.