Local Man Retires From U.S. Army

Lt. Col. Brian D. Ray
 
By SHIRLEY RAY
White Rock
 
Lt. Col. Brian D. Ray was born in Los Alamos Dec. 21, 1964. He attended local schools and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1983. He attended Eastern New Mexico University and received his BA in Criminal Justice in 1997.
 
While in college, Ray started his career in the U.S. Army by joining the ROTC and the New Mexico National Guard. He was honored at a retirement ceremony at the New Mexico National Guard in Santa Fe Oct. 13, 2015.
 
In attendance were his wife Ida; daughters Jamie and Felicia; grandchildren Athena, Brianna, Leandro and Estrea; his mother and father Dwight and Shirley Ray of White Rock; brother Brett Ray of Jemez Springs; friend John Brenna of Los Lunas and many members of the National Guard.
 
The Presiding Officer was Colonel Milo Moody; Master of Ceremonies was Lt. Col. Scott Weaver. Ray was presented with the Meritorious Service Medal and the New Mexico Distinguished Service Medal. Refreshments were served after the ceremony.
 
While assigned to the New Mexico National Guard, Ray served as a platoon leader in Tucumcari and Portales and as a detachment commander in Clovis and battery commander in Portales. After entering active duty in 1998, he served as a battery commander in Fort Bliss, Texas, and division chief at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
 
In 2004-2005, Ray was the 8th U.S. Army Air and Missile Defense Officer in Seoul, Korea. In 2007-2008, he was an advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in Baghdad, Iraq. In 2010, he was deputy chief of the Iraqi and Republic of Georgia Doctrine Advisory Team.
 
From 2011-2013, Ray was Team Leader of Army Operations and Deputy Chief Electronic Warefare Division at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. From 2013-2015, and in his final assignment he was the Senior Army Advisor to the New Mexico National Guard in Santa Fe.
 
Ray culminates his 29-year career Nov. 30 with 26 years of active duty service. He and his family reside in Santa Fe. To a good job well done Soldier – you can rest now. You have done your duty and served the United States of America proudly.
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