Assistant Professor of Military Science (APMS)

raynl@jmu.edu

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CPT Nathan Ray is from San Antonio, Texas. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army as an Ordnance officer in August 2008. He completed ROTC from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and received a Bachelor’s of Art in History.  After completion of Air Assault School, Basic Officers Leaders Course II, III, and Airborne School, he was assigned to the 503rd Support Maintenance Company (SMC), 82nd Sustainment Brigade out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina as a Platoon Leader.  As a Lieutenant in the 503rd SMC, he served as a Platoon Leader for the Ground Support Equipment Platoon, Maintenance Control Officer deployed to Haiti, and Executive Officer deployed to Afghanistan.  Lieutenant Ray was promoted to Captain while deployed to Afghanistan and served as the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalions Ammunition Officer, Base Defense Officer, and the Base Contracting Officer.

In 2012, Captain Ray returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina and served as the Assistant Battalion S-3 for the Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade.  Captain Ray attended the Logistics Captain’s Career Course from October 2012 until March 2013. Upon completion he was assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii as the Battalion S-4. He commanded the 536th Support Maintenance Company from August 2014 until December 2014 and then served as an Assistant S-3 for the 25th Sustainment Brigade.  Captain Ray then attended graduate school at James Madison University and received a Master’s in History.    

Captain Ray’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Air Assault Badge, the Army Parachutist Badge, and the German Military proficiency Badge (Gold).

Captain Ray met his wife, the beautiful Melissa Ray, while stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and has been married for 7 years. They have one daughter named McKinley and are expecting a new baby in March 2018.

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