BIOGRAPHY


Colonel Paul Gravely

Fort Pickett-MTC

Garrison Commander

Colonel Paul Gravely began his U.S. Army career on October 3, 1995, as a Private in the 1st Battalion, 150th Armor, Bluefield, WV.  In 1997, he attended Officer Candidate School at the 197th Regional Training Institute at Camp Dawson, WV and in June 1998 commissioned as an Armor Officer. 

Colonel Gravely served in various company grade assignments in both the West Virginia and Virginia Army National Guard including service as company level commander in both the 1-111th Field Artillery and the 2-183rd Cavalry. 

Field Grade assignments include an assignment with the 116th IBCT as the Chief of Operations, duty at the Joint Staff, J7-South (Suffolk), Joint Exercise and Training Division, Range Operations Officer, Executive Officer for the 1-116th Infantry, Battalion Commander for the 1st Bn (IN) 183rd RTI, and Director of Plans, Training, and Security Army National Guard Maneuver Training Center. 

His current assignment is the Garrison Commander, Army National Guard Maneuver Training Center.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bluefield State College.   

Colonel Gravely has served on two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.  His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with Campaign Star), Iraq Campaign Medal (with Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with “M” Device and Bronze Hour Glass), Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon, Non Article 5 NATO Medal, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and the Order of St. George.

Colonel Gravely is a native of Lashmeet, WV.