Senior Army Instructor & Army Instructor

Senior Army Instructor - CW3 (RET) Michael Meray   

 Senior Army Instructor
CW3 (RET) Michael Meray      

CW3 (RET) Michael Meray graduated from Buena High School located in Sierra Vista Arizona in 1983. CW3 Meray entered the Army October 30th, 1984.

His first duty assignment was HHC, 32nd Support Command in Worms, Germany as a Logistics Supply Specialist. In 1988 he was transferred to the HSC, 864th Engineer Battalion at Fort Lewis, Washington. In 1990 CW3 Meray was assigned to the HHC, 501st CORPS Support group in Seoul Korea.  In 1991 he was assigned to the HHC 593rd Area Support Group and deployed to Somalia, Africa in support of Operation Restore Hope. While assigned there he was promoted to SFC and shortly after that accepted to Warrant Officer School. Shortly after that CW3 Meray completed his initial and advanced officer training and was assigned to the 149th Maintenance Company in Hanau Germany in the Summer of 1994. While assigned there he got attached to the 240th Quartermaster Company and deployed to Taszar Hungary in support of a peace keeping mission for 9 months.  In 1999 he was brought back to Fort Lewis and assigned to the 296th Forward Support Battalion for 3 years. Nearing the end of his career he was assigned again in Korea to the HHD, 194th Corps Support Battalion. After serving a year there he was assigned to his final unit at Fort Lewis Washington, the, 542nd Maintenance Company where after 21 years he retired October 30th, 2005.

CW3 Meray’s Military schools consists of Direct Support Unit Standard Supply System (DS4), Tactical Army Combat Computer System/Standard Property Book System, Master Fitness, Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC) Basic and Advanced Non-Commission Officers Courses, Basic and Advanced Officers Course. His awards consist of: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4), Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, and Overseas Service Ribbon.

CW3 Meray has an AA from Pierce College, a BS from Excelsior College and over 100 semester hours of Educational Courses at St. Martins University, a Career and Technical Education certification from Bates Technical College and currently working on a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with American Military University. CW3 Meray has been married to the former Barbara Ann Shuman from Savannah Georgia for the past 25 years. He is the proud father of 4 boys: Robert, Desmond, Michael Jr., and Anthony and has 5 grandchildren: Paige, Clayten, Kaylee, Brooklynn, and Ella.

SFC Sydney

Army Instructor
SFC Sydney

Sergeant First Class (R) Roland Sydney was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1971, and graduated from Westover High School in June, 1989. SFC Sydney entered U.S. Army on March 29, 1990.

His first duty assignment was to HHC 2/4 in Germany as an infantry soldier and then to HHC 1/4th INF.  In 1993 he transferred to CO A USAG Yakima Firing Center, Yakima, WA, after four years at the Yakima Firing Center he was assigned to HHC 1/21st INF at Schofield Barracks in Honolulu, Hawaii as a Squad Leader.  Three years later he reported to Fort Benning, Georgia as an Instructor for HHD NCOA.  In 2002 he returned to Germany as part of C CO 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment of 2nd Brigade 1st Armored Division with the mission to deploy to Baghdad for Operation Iraqi Freedom in May 2003 as a Platoon Sergeant.  Upon returning from a 14-month deployment SFC Sydney remained with 1-6 INF 2 BDE 1st Armored Division till summer of 2005 at which time he become an ROTC instructor for University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. In August 2009, SFC reported to Fort Stewart, Georgia as a Platoon Sergeant for B CO 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.  In July 2010 SFC Sydney began his second deployment with 3-15 INF as part of Operation New Dawn at Camp Ramadi and TQ to advise and support Iraqi forces returning this past March 2011.

SFC Sydney’s Military schools consist of Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder and numerous other military courses.  He has over 40 military decorations including but not limited to the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with eight oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with six oak leaf clusters, the Expert Infantryman Badge and Combat Infantryman Badge.    SFC Sydney has an AA from Yakima Valley Community College in AOS/Technical Management.  He has a BS from Southern Illinois University–Carbondale in Workforce Education and Development.  He has a MA from American Military University in Homeland Security with a Graduate Certificate of Emergency and Disaster Management and a MA from Brandman University in Organizational Leadership. SFC Sydney has been married to the former Brandi Syme of Fruitland, Idaho for the seven years. He is a proud father of four, Spenser 25, Alissa 20, Jesse 18 and Charley 2 yr. 5 months.