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    Colonel Gary J. Garay was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from San Jose State University in 1986 as a distinguished military graduate. Following initial schooling, COL Garay served with 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky from 1987 to 1991, where he served as a rifle platoon and anti-armor platoon leader, rifle company executive officer, and battalion S3 Air. During his time in the 101st, he served in Saudi Arabia and Iraq in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

    1n 1992, COL Garay was assigned to 5th Battalion, 87th Infantry (Light) on Fort Davis, Republic of Panama, where he served as battalion S4, rifle company commander, and battalion assistant S3. Selected for the FAO program, he then graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Arts Degree in Latin American Studies. He was then assigned to the United States Southern Command Center for Treaty Implementation where he was part of the team that handled the transfer of the Panama Canal. In 1999, COL Garay was selected to be the aide de camp to General Charles E. Wilhelm, USMC, Commander, United States Southern Command. In December of 2000 he graduated from the Command and General Staff College at the US Army’s School of the Americas, Fort Benning, GA. He was then assigned to the Pentagon as the Senior Latin American Analyst in the Army G2. In 2004, he was selected as the US Army exchange officer and guest instructor to the Mexican Superior War College in Mexico City, Mexico. Following his tour in Mexico, he was assigned as the Director of the Foreign Area Officer Program at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, CA. On 27 November 2007, COL Garay was selected for promotion to full Colonel. He served as Commander, US Military Group in Bolivia from August 2008 to August 2010. From July 2011 to July 2014, COL Garay served as the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché, US Embassy, Quito, Ecuador. He retired from active duty in August 2014.

    COL Garay’s significant awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, and the Army Achievement Medal. He has earned both the Combat and Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, and is both Airborne and Air Assault qualified. COL Garay speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

    COL Garay is an Eagle Scout and remains active with the Boy Scouts of America where he serves as an Assistant Council Commissioner and Assistant Scoutmaster.

    COL Garay was born in San Francisco, California, on 7 December 1963. He is married and has one daughter and one son.

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  1. Green Wool Jackets

    Another option I would recommend is one used by scouters going back many years. The US Army used to issue a wool jac shirt that was considered a cold weather shirt, usually for wear in Korea or Germany. The color is OD green, the pockets are identical to a scout jac shirt but only have one button instead of two. These have been used my scouters on or near military bases for years. You can find them on ebay regularly. Sometimes they are overpriced, but sometimes you'll find a good deal. I got one for 9.99 a few years. I put an NESA pach on the back, and the red universal BSA patch on the front and it works great. GI quality, and looks old school. Also you might check a local Army Navy surplus. Hope this helps those of you still looking for a green jac shirt. I was lucky to get one when they were going out so I have the retired official one and my old military one. Here's a picture. This one is a medium and going for 15.99.
  2. Status Of Direct Service Council

    Thanks, had signed up with another name and lost that password. I ended up finding it but will use this one only to avoid confusion. Good to be on board. Thanks.
  3. Status Of Direct Service Council

    @Kahuna - Direct Service was transferred over to NCAC (National Capital Area Council) a few years back. I was in Direct Service as both a youth (1976-1979) and then multiple times as an adult (Asst. Scoutmaster Panama 1992-1995, and again Scoutmaster 1997-1999) and in Bolivia (Cubmaster) 2008-2010, and finally Ecuador (Cubmaster) 2011-2014. I retired from the Army in 2014 and my son and I became members of NCAC. Due to my experience- I was asked to become a ACC for Direct Service, under NCAC. Seems that Direct Service ceased to exist as we knew it under National in Texas and was passed over to NCAC where it is sub-district. We still have units down in Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. Other units were rolled into Eastern Council, and TransAtlantic Council. The CSP for Direct Service is still available through Scoutstuff.org. For a while you had to call them since it was taken off the internet site but it is once again available. Since it is technically under NCAC, units have the option to wear the NCAC CSP or the DS CSP. I think it is neat for units to wear the unique Direct Service CSP so I'm glad it's back. I liked the old white version with the blue globe but the new one is nice also and very colorful. Here it is the linke..... http://www.scoutstuff.org/bsa/uniforms-insignia/insignia-cloth/required/council-shoulder-patches/csp-direct-service.html#.Wjr4dt-nGM8