Gary E. Spearow

Military Professor Strategy and Policy Department
Col., U.S. Army
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Col. Spearow joined the U.S. Naval War College in 2018 and is the Tasker H. Bliss Professor of Land Warfare in the Strategy and Policy Department. He taught at Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute where he instructed and facilitated senior military and civilian leaders on areas of equal opportunity. He has commanded at the battalion level and served in various staff positions. Past operational assignments included the 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Infantry Division, 23rd Area Support Group, 3rd Corps Support Command, U.S. Central Command, 17th Field Artillery Brigade and U.S. Army Central. He received a B.S. from Kansas State University and an M.A. from the Naval War College.

Areas of Expertise

  • Command and Control
  • Ethics
  • Joint Operations
  • JPME
  • Leadership
  • Middle East
  • Military Planning
  • Operational Warfare

Professional Highlights


Military Professor

Military Professor in the Strategy & Policy Department, USNWC

Chief of Mobility, G4, US Army Central

Directed, and validated Army inter- and intra-theater air, sea and ground deployment, redeployment, and sustainment movements in support of multiple named operations in the USCENTCOM area. Developed future operational level plans and policy that coordinated strategic deployments of Army forces.

Graduate Student, US Naval War College


Chief of Sustainment, ACoS G4, 1st Cavalry Division

Principal staff advisor to the Commanding General on all areas of logistics; executed Class VII asset management, food service, maintenance management, and general supply; managed Division transportation operations and provided technical and tactical input to support and sustain division operations.

Battalion Commander, 308th Brigade Support Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Brigade, 7th Infantry Division

Led a 320 Soldier BSB, consisting of a headquarters company, distribution company, field maintenance company, and a signal company. Provided multifunctional logistics and signal/network support for two HIMARS Battalions, an M777 Battalion and brigade headquarters.

Operations Battle Captain, CENTCOM J4

Responsible for strategic information and knowledge management for the CCJ4. Compiled briefings, reports and managed directorate battle rhythm to ensure smooth work flow.

Battalion Executive Officer, 19th Support Center (Corps Materiel Management Center -- CMMC)

Led the administration of a materiel management center in Wiesbaden, Germany for the 3d Corps Support Command. Coordinated four staff sections, and five materiel management divisions. Deployed and redeployed to/from Iraq and inactivated the unit within nine months upon the redeployment.

Supply Division Chief, 19th Support Center (Corps Materiel Management Center -- CMMC)

Led a dynamic team of 22 personnel in the materiel management of general supplies within V Corps, Germany. Directed the data analysis, process improvement, and management of two supply support activities, all fuel requirements within Germany and Class VII equipment management for all V Corps units.

Deputy Installation Manager, Camp Carroll, Republic of Korea, Area IV Support Activity, IMCOM

Managed the administration and execution of installation activities to include Anti-terrorism and force protection, base defense of a US Army Installation in the Republic of Korea. Provided logistical and administrative support to tenant units and supported community relations with local officials.

Senior Leader Instructor, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI)

Led Mobile Training Teams (MTT) globally to instruct and facilitate senior military and civilian leaders on 10 program areas of equal opportunity. Managed the directorate budget and instructed international students within the IMET program to expose them to American values, culture and institutions.


M.A., U.S. Naval War College, National Security and Strategic Studies

B.S., Kansas State University, Geography

Awards and Decorations

Legion of Merit

Bronze Star

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal
With Four Oak Leaf Clusters

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Army Commendation Medal
With Two Oak Leaf Clusters

Joint Service Achievement Medal
With One Oak Leaf Cluster

Army Achievement Medal
With One Oak Leaf Cluster

National Defense Service Medal
With One Bronze Star

Operation Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medal
With One Bronze Star

Global War on Terror Service Medal

Korean Defense Service Medal

Army Service Ribbon

Overseas Ribbon
With Numeral 3

Joint Meritorious Unit Award
With One Oak Leaf Cluster

Meritorious Unit Award

Expert Infantry Badge

Parachutist Badge

Air Assault Badge

Other Honors

Order of Samuel Sharpe

Order of St. Barbara

External Memberships and Associations

Association of the United States Army

Military Officer Association of America

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