On July 1 Colonel David C. Foley was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in ceremonies at Fort Campbell Kentucky. General Foley is on his way to his new assignment at U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL.
Fort Campbell is located on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line. The 106,700 acre military installation possesses a unique capability to deploy mission-ready contingency forces by air, rail, highway and inland waterway.
Fort Campbell is home to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), 5th Special Forces Group, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, 531st Hospital Center, 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD), and sizeable medical and dental activities.
Colonel Foley graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry. He has a Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.
Colonel Foley’s command positions include Company Command with 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry (Wolfhounds), 25th Infantry Division Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Company Command with Third Regiment (The Old Guard), Fort Myer, Virginia; Squadron Command with 4th Squadron, 3rd US Cavalry Regiment (Stryker), Fort Hood, Texas; and Brigade Command with 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (SBCT), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
He also served as an Observer/Controller and Plans/Exercise Maneuver Control Team Chief at the Joint Readiness Training Center (Operations Group), Fort Polk, Louisiana; Operations Officer and Executive Officer of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Aide-de-Camp to the Under Secretary of the Army, Office of the Secretary of the Army, Washington, DC; G3 of the 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; and Deputy CJ3, DCSOPS, RESOLUTE SUPPORT, Kabul, Afghanistan.
Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Foley served as the Executive Officer to the Commander of United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), MacDill AFB, Florida.
Colonel Foley’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, NATO Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
He also wears the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Ranger Tab, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
The U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Coalition at MacDill Air Force Base (AFB) in Tampa, Florida, is one of the largest military coalitions in U.S. history. Coalition forces (from 47 Nations) have made important contributions to fight terrorism across the spectrum of operations. Particular contributions include, but are not limited to, providing vital intelligence, personnel, equipment and assets for use on the ground, air and sea. Coalition members also have provided liaison teams, participated in planning, provided bases and granted over-flight permissions – as well as sizable contributions of humanitarian assistance.
The CENTCOM Coalition nations are working to promote peace and stability in CENTCOM’s area of responsibility and beyond. Their contributions are an example of how the international community is working together to enhance capabilities, share information, and address destabilizing issues in the region.
General Foley is married to the former Claire White, daughter of the late District Judge James and Kay White of Brent in Bibb County, AL. General Foley & Claire have three children.
According to Claire, General Foley’s father was the Commandant at Marion Military Institute when Claire got to know him as a student. Years later she met David Foley when they both attended the inauguration of George W. Bush in Washington D.C. The meeting in Washington led to an army romance and marriage as the couple has traveled to multiple duty stations in service of our country and has produced a beautiful young family.
Here is a BIG 4th of July Salute from The Bibb Voice to General Foley and the Foley Family. Thanks for your service.