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Col. George Ferido was born in the Philippines and raised in Wahiawa, Hawaii. He enlisted in the military in 1987 and served six years in the Army Reserves. Ferido attended Chaminade University and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He was commissioned from the University of Hawaii ROTC program as a distinguished military graduate. Upon graduation, he attended the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course and Aviation Officer Basic Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He holds a master’s degree in military science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College. Ferido is rated in the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter.
Ferido first operational assignment was in the 2d Armored Division which was later reflagged to the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. While at Fort Hood, he served in multiple positions which include: maneuver brigade aviation liaison for 2-502 AV, aide-de-camp to the ADC (M), platoon leader in D/1-10 CAV, and S3 Air, 1-10 CAV. He attended the Infantry Officer’s Advanced Course, Fort Benning, Georgia. He returned to Fort Hood to join 1-25 AV/25th ID as the assistant S3 as part of Army Aviation’s transformation. Following the unit’s fielding at Fort Hood, the entire battalion moved to Hawaii as the newest Kiowa Warrior Attack Battalion in the Army. He served as B/1-25 AV company commander and deployed his unit to Bosnia to perform the SFOR mission.
Ferido’ s next assignment was to Fort Irwin, California, to join the Eagle Team (Aviation Observer Controllers), Operations Group at the National Training Center. As part of the aviation observer controller team, he served as an after action review analyst, company commander trainer, and battalion executive officer (XO) trainer. He returned to Hawaii as the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade deputy S3 and later as the squadron operations officer S3 for 2-6 CAV in Iraq. He served as the squadron executive officer for 2-6 CAV. After serving as the executive officer he attended the CGSC, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was assigned to Korea where he served on the 2d ID staff as the chief of training and exercise in the G3 shop and later moved to the 2d Combat Aviation Brigade to assume the role as the brigade executive officer. After a year as the brigade XO, he assumed duties as the deputy brigade commander.
He moved back to Hawaii in preparation for command of 2-6 Cavalry, 25th ID. Prior to assuming command, he served as the division’s G3 Air. Following squadron command, he assumed the duties of the United States Army Pacific Secretary of the General Staff. Upon completion of his tour in Hawaii, Ferido attended the Navy War College in Newport, Rhode Island. His most recent assignment was in Saudi Arabia where he served as the assistant program manager-aviation for the Saudi Army National Guard. Ferido served as the director of training and doctrine for the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker. He now serves as the 110th Aviation brigade commander.
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