Captain Corey W. Ray, USN, joined the NWC faculty in 2016. He is a 1991 graduate of Walla Walla College where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He was commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School, designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1992, and qualified as a Tactical Coordinator (TACCO) in the P-3C Orion. Following initial P-3 training at VP-31, CAPT Ray was assigned to VP-47. Follow on sea tours include DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, VPU-2 and VP-47. Command tours include VPU-2 supporting sustained combat operations from forward operating bases in Afghanistan and Horn of Africa and Patrol and reconnaissance Wing 57/CTF-57 in Bahrain supporting OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE.
CAPT Ray’s shore and staff assignments include instructor duty at VP-30, Weapons and Tactics Instructor at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, Action Officer at OPNAV N3 directorate, N3 at Task Force 72 in Japan, and CENTCOM Desk Officer at the National Reconnaissance Office. He also served on The Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. in the Directorate for C4 and Cyber (J-6).
He attended the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy where he earned a Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (one individual action with combat distinguishing device and 4 strike/flight), Navy Commendation Medals (2 with combat distinguishing device), and various campaign and unit awards. He is married to Cheryl Ray of Hayward, California. They have one son, Cameron.
FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE: Air Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), National Reconnaissance, Anti-submarine Warfare.
REGIONAL EXPERTISE: Japan, Korea, Western Pacific/SE Asia, Bahrain/SW Asia.