Col. Stuart McRae began his military career as a Military Intelligence officer graduating in 1987 as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Montana State University – Billings. His first assignment was in the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Wash., where he served as a platoon leader, battalion maintenance officer, and assistant S3. In 1990, he branch transferred to Aviation and following, attended the Fixed Wing, Multi-Engine Course.
McRae was assigned to 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion in 1992 at Camp Humphreys, Korea, where he flew reconnaissance missions along the Demilitarized Zone. From there he was assigned to First Army at Fort Meade, Md., where he supported the 2-228th Aviation Regiment headquartered at Naval Air Station Willow Grove, Pa. In 1996, McRae was assigned to Fort Eustis, Va., where he commanded D Company, 1-222nd Aviation Regiment. Following this assignment, McRae served in Germany as Aviation Maintenance branch chief in the 19th Corps Materiel Management Center and as support operations officer, company commander, and battalion executive officer in the 7-159th Aviation Regiment, where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2003, the Army reassigned McRae to NAS Fallon, Nev., developing Joint UAS doctrine. He continued that work in Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. In 2007, McRae took command of the 224th MI Battalion at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., and deployed the battalion in support of OIF. After command, McRae commanded the 3rd ID Rear Detachment. For the past year McRae has been assigned as the Military Deputy Director for U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence's Capability and Development Integration Directorate.
McRae has a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the National Defense Service Medal. He has been awarded the Senior Army Aviator Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Military Intelligence Corps' Knowlton Award. McRae is qualified in the UH-1H, UH-60A/L, U-21, OV/RV-1D, C-122 and RC-12N aircraft.
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