A proud native of Houston, Texas Colonel Ferry was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1992. He assumed the duties as the Deputy Commander, MCIEAST in August 2019 after serving as the Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.
Colonel Ferry was designated as a Naval Aviator in 1994 and was selected to fly the CH-46E Sea Knight. He has served in all three active Marine Aircraft Wings including assignments at Marine Corps Air Station New River with both the “Black Knights” of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 264 (HMM-264) and the “White Knights” of Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 204 (HMT-204); at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma with the “Flying Tigers” of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262); and at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton where he commanded the “Knightriders” of Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164 (HMMT-164).
Colonel Ferry has extensive operational and tactical experience in the CH-46E, to include multiple deployments aboard amphibious shipping as part of the 26th and 31st Marine Expeditionary Units. His operational deployments include: Bosnia with the NATO Peace Implementation Force (IFOR) for Operation Joint Endeavor in 1995 and again in 1998 with the NATO Stabilization Force (SFOR) for Operation Joint Guard; Joint Task Force 535 to the Philippines for a Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) mission; to Indonesia and Thailand with Combined Support Force 536 for HA/DR operations in support of regional tsunami relief efforts; and Joint Task Force Caring Response a HA/DR effort to Myanmar. In 2007 Colonel Ferry deployed with the “Flying Tigers” of HMM-262 to Al Taqaddum, Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.1. It was the squadron’s first combat operations since the Vietnam War.
His staff assignments include: Weapons and Systems Engineering Instructor, United States Naval Academy; G-3 Aviation Production Section Head, Training and Education Command; Executive Officer, Marine Aircraft Group 36; and J5 Director of Staff, US Africa Command (USAFRICOM).
Col. Ferry earned a BS in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy (1992); a MS in Applied Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School (2001), and a Masters of National Security Strategy from the U.S. Army War College (2013).