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Col. John M. Ferrell serves as the Director of Simulation for the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence. He received his commission as an Aviation Officer from the ROTC at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Business Administration. In his most recent assignment, he served as the Deputy Director of the NATO Modelling and Simulation Centre of Excellence in Rome, Italy. Previous assignments include service as an Attack Platoon Leader in 1-2 Aviation (Attack), 2nd Infantry Division; III/V Platoon Leader and Assistant S3 (TREX) in 1-101st Aviation (Attack), 101st Airborne Division; Assistant S3 and S1 in both 6-6 Cavalry and 11th Aviation Regiment, 5th Corps in Germany; Assistant Professor of Military Science (ROTC) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida; Chief of Operations and Simulations/Battle Command Officer for 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, where he deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom; and Deputy Science Advisor to the U.S. Southern Command.
He is a graduate of the Aviation Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Initial Entry Rotary Wing and AH64 A/D Qualification courses, Airborne School, Air Assault School (DHG), Combined Arms Service Staff School, Simulation Operations Course (FA57 Qualification), Command and General Staff College, and the Joint Combined Warfighting School. Ferrell holds a Master of Science degree in Global Security Studies from the U.S. Army War College (resident) and a Master of Science in Adult Education from Kansas State University. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the OIF and OEF Campaign Medals, the Army Aviator Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
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