Ray is a retired Marine, serving almost 30 years in the Marine Corps and has an extensive operational, and command and control background in the Pacific. A helicopter pilot by trade, Ray has commanded at the LtCol and Col levels and has a vast and acute operational background, not only with US Marine Corps’ efforts in the Pacific, but with The White House Military Office, United States Secret Service, and local and state law enforcement, and other government and private sector organizations.
Ray just recently served as the President and CEO, Pacific Historic Pacific Parks, working with the Governor’s blue ribbon task force to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
He also currently serves as the President and Chairperson of the Education Institute of Hawaii, as well as serving as a director on various local boards.
Ray also served the State of Hawaii as Assistant Superintendent; Office of School Facilities and Support Services for the Dept of Education. He had oversight of almost half the State’s capitol budget for school facilities in addition to school transportation, school food services, and school security and safety, among other support services. Prior to that, Ray served as the Vice President, Asia Pacific Programs, Global Relief Technologies ( 1 Dec 2010-31 May 2011). Ray was responsible for all of GRT programs in the Pacific to include Hawaii Dept of Emergency Services, MARFORPAC/PACFLT civil affairs and expeditionary medicine, and the American Red Cross Disaster Management/preparedness office.
Prior to joining GRT, Ray was special envoy for the Commander of the POW/MIA Accounting Command, to the Governments of Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia for all Aviation program and safety matters, which included performing operational and safety assessments for all local civilian helicopter companies in country as it pertained to the identification and repatriation of our MIA Viet Nam Veterans. Before that Ray served as the Chief of Staff of Marine Forces Pacific, Camp Smith Hawaii, the largest operational command in the Marine Corps.
Ray joined MARFORPAC as Chief of Staff immediately following his tour as Presidential Helicopter Pilot and Commander of Marine Helicopter Squadron One. Honored with the command, safety, security, and responsibility as the personal Helicopter Pilot for Presidents George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, in addition to leading one of the largest and most prestigious aviation units in the United States Marine Corps . Ray chronicles the privilege of serving in this capacity in numerous documentaries, including National Geographic’s “On Board Marine One”. Ray also authored “Inside Marine One”. Published In May of 2014 by St Martins Press.
Prior to that Ray was the Commanding Officer of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362, headquartered at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay and deployed his Squadron to Japan, Korea, and the Republic of the Philippines.
Ray Served as the Command and Control Systems Chief for the J3 USPACOM… responsible for the Command Center, the entire Global Command and Control System for PACOM to include the Common Operational Picture, and was also a Crisis Action Team briefer during the buildup of forces for OEF.
Ray is a graduate of Merrimack High School, Merrimack NH, and Nathaniel Hawthorne College, Antrim NH. He attended the Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructors Course, Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Command and Staff College, and a graduate of the Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellowship program.
He is married to Lezanne Fourie, and has two grown children who attended Kailua Intermediate School and Kalaheo High School. Both are married and live out of state.
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