Retired Army Col. Heaney served in infantry and staff positions in tactical and operational headquarters for 30 years, commanding at company, battalion and brigade levels. He served as the deputy commanding officer (DCO), U.S. Army South and as the DCO-West, U.S. Army Recruiting Command. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island, the Infantry Officer’s basic and advance courses, the Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Naval War College (NWC). He has two master‘s degrees from Central Michigan University and NWC. Col. Heaney retired in June 2011 and is an associate professor in the Maritime Operational Planner’s Course, College of Maritime Operational Warfare.