More detail on this person: Colonel Gary E. DeKay, WORWAC 66-21, passed away on March 25th
2016 in Palm Coast, Florida. A Service of Remembrance was held at the Craig Flagler Palms Funeral
Home & Memorial Gardens, 511 Old Kings Road South, Palm Coast, FL. at 4 PM on March 31st.Born
in Utica, New York, November 11, 1946, COL DeKay served his country for 46 1/2 years including over
35 years as a member of the US Army and subsequently as a civilian working for the Joint Chiefs of
Staff. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, 1967-68 with B Company, 227th AHB, 1st Cav Div.
While with the 227th, and after just 4 months in country and with no prior maintenance experience ,
was tasked by the Company Commander to command the Aviation Maintenance Platoon and become
the Company Test Pilot. During the 2 ½ months he served as Maintenance Officer, while awaiting
school-trained AMO, then WO1 DeKay oversaw the transition of B Company from the UH-1D to the
UH-1H Huey. Following his first tour of duty in Vietnam, CW2 DeKay was selected for and
commissioned a 1st LT in 1969. He returned to RVN in 1970-71 to serve with the 114th AHC, 335th
AHC, and 214th CAB. He left active duty in 1973 where he served in a variety of aviation
assignments in the Alabama National Guard and Army Reserve and as an Instrument Instructor,
Instrument Flight Examiner, Standardization Instructor Pilot, and Night Vision Goggle Instructor
Pilot.. In 1995 he was promoted to the rank of Colonel, and was assigned as the Crisis Action
Center Director, US Southern Command.
He retired in April 2001 with over 35 years service. He served an additonal 11 years for the Joint Chiefs of Staff with duty at US Southern Command retiring again in 2012. Gary had accumulated nearly 9,000 flying hours. His awards and decorations include: Master Aviator Badge, Air Medal w/23 OLCs, Bronze Star w/1 OLC, Meritorious Service Medal and the Defense Superior Service Medal.
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