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Lt. Col. Greg Gabel grew up on a farm in Huntley, Montana. He attended Kansas State University and upon graduation in 2001 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Aviation Branch of the U.S. Army. He attended flight school and Aviation Officer Basic Course from 2001-2002. After flight school, he was assigned to 3-158th Aviation Regiment, 12th Aviation Brigade at Giebelstadt, Germany where he served as a D Co Executive Officer, B Co platoon leader, HHC Executive officer, and Battalion S-4. During his tenure, he deployed with the battalion to Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 and Operation Enduring Freedom 2005-2006.
In 2007, Gabel attended the Aviation Captain’s Career Course with a follow-on assignment to 1-351st Aviation Regiment, Fort Stewart, Georgia, where he served as the S-1 and Utility Team Chief acting as an Observer/Controller, Trainer for multiple Army National Guard and Reserve Units deploying to the theater of operations.
Upon completion of this assignment Gabel took command of D Co, 3-1 Assault Helicopter Battalion, First Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KS in 2010 where he deployed the company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn. After he was assigned as the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade S-4 awaiting attendance of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
After CGSC, Gabel was assigned to the 1-214th Aviation Regiment in Wiesbaden, Germany, as the Battalion Executive Officer and after two years, he was selected and moved to the 12th Combat Aviation to serve as the Brigade Executive Officer.
In 2015, Gabel was assigned as a Mission Planner to Joint Task Force, North as a member of the Arizona Regional Support Team in Tucson, Arizona. He was embedded with the United States Border Patrol to enable DOD counter-drug operational support to the southwestern United States. Gabel was then assigned to the Combat Readiness Center as the Directorate of Assessments and Prevention Ground Division Chief.
Gabel's military education includes the Aviation Officer’s Basic Course, Aviation Captain’s Career Course, the Command and General Staff College, Aviation Maintenance Managers Course, the UH60A/L/M Maintenance Test Pilot Courses and the UH60M Instructor Pilot Course.
Gabel's awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal (Number 4), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary and Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Number 6), and Senior Aviator Badge.
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