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Professor of Military Science
Lieutenant Colonel Gary Joseph Morea was born and raised in Astoria, New York, and received his first exposure to the military as a JROTC Cadet at Xavier High School in New York City. He graduated high school in 1986, and joined the U.S. Army. He attended Basic Training at Fort Leonardwood, MO and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Huachuca, AZ. He then served as an Intelligence Specialist/Analyst for two years until joining the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. As a guardsman, he was a M60A3 tank crewman with the 104th Cavalry Regiment. During this time, LTC Morea attended Valley Forge Military Junior College in an effort to secure a service academy appointment. He entered the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1990, and graduated in 1994, as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Aviation Branch.
LTC Morea underwent initial entry rotary wing training at Fort Rucker, AL and was awarded his coveted Army Aviator Wings in 1995. His first assignment was to the 3rd Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at Hunter Army Airfield, GA. He “cut his teeth” with the 3rd ID taking on a myriad of challenging jobs, most notably as the Logistics Officer for the Aviation Support Battalion and Executive Officer for K Company, 159th Aviation Intermediate Maintenance (A VIM) Company. He served as leader for one of the last OH-58 Scout Platoons in the US Army–the Tactical Aviation Reconnaissance Platoon (TAR PLT), C Company, 2-3 Aviation Battalion, before attending the AH-64 Apache advanced aircraft transition course at Fort Rucker. He returned to Hunter Army Airfield in 1997, and served as a Gun Platoon Leader for “A” Company, 1-3 Attack Aviation Battalion (Vipers). During his time with the Vipers, LTC Morea deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Desert Thunder.
After completing the Captains Career Course, LTC Morea was assigned to Illesheim, Germany where he first served as the Logistics Officer and Executive Officer for the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Attack Aviation Battalion. In 1999, he participated in the first Victory Strike Training Operation in Drawso Primorski, Poland. This intensive aviation training exercise incorporated all aspects of Army Aviation and provided the unique opportunity for a US Army organization to train with its newest NATO partner. In July 2001, LTC Morea took command of C Troop, 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry and moved his organization to Fort Hood, TX for a one-year training and fielding program incorporating the new Longbow Apache attack helicopter. In 2002, LTC Morea moved his unit back to Illesheim, Germany. He deployed in March 2003, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as an Assistant Brigade Operations Officer and Planner as part of the initial US invasion. After his Brigade redeployed in August 2003, LTC Morea volunteered to return to Iraq with the US Army V Corps. He served with the V Corps as the Joint Personnel Recovery Officer and as the assistant C3 Air.
He returned to the United States in July 2004, and served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York for two years. After graduating from the Intermediate Leaders Education at the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS in 2007, and the School of Advanced Military Studies in 2008, LTC Morea returned to the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, GA. He served as a division planner with the G5 Plans section and was instrumental in both standing up the Division’s Mission Support Element, and in planning and coordinating for the Division’s Mission Readiness Exercise prior to their planned deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2009, he was assigned as the Brigade Aviation Officer to the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team (Raiders), 3rd Infantry Division. LTC Morea deployed to Baghdad, Iraq with the Raider Brigade in 2010 – one of the first fully resourced and fielded Advise and Assist Brigades.
He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from West Point, and three masters degrees: a Masters of Aeronautical Science-Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; a Masters of Military Arts and Science – History from the Command and General Staff College; and a Masters of Military Arts and Science – Operational Art from the School of Advanced Military Studies. His awards and decorations include two Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal (three Oak Leaf Cluster), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal for Expedition and Service, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Aviator Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Parachutists Badge.
He joined the Eagle Battalion as the Professor of Military Science in Fall 2012 after serving as the PMS at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL. He is married to the former Michelle V. Mehta and they have two children.
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