VoteVets Endorses DuWayne Gregory for Congress

Babylon, NY – The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets PAC, is today endorsing DuWayne Gregory for Congress.  VoteVets represents over 400,000 veterans, military families and civilian supporters. 

"Service runs through DuWayne's blood,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets PAC.  “From World War II, and the famed Tuskegee Airmen, to his service to our nation, DuWayne's family has been here serving America.  But, his service didn't stop there. He could have done anything, yet he chose to run for low level office and serve his community, after his military service.  That's the kind of mindset we need in Congress. DuWayne will be an excellent Congressman, and we are happy to endorse him. " 

According to his official biography, DuWayne’s interest in the armed forces started at an early age.  His father was a World War II veteran, and his granduncle was one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen.  These examples led DuWayne to consider a career in the service, ultimately deciding to enlist in the United States Army after graduating from college. In 1993, he completed basic training and Advanced Individual Training for Legal Specialist at Fort Jackson, SC as a Specialist (E-4).  Shortly after his basic training, DuWayne was stationed at Fort Hood, TX in HQ Command, III Corps as Legal Specialist, for the largest battalion in the Army with 1,200 soldiers.  

In March of 1995, DuWayne was accepted and attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA.  After becoming a 2nd Lieutenant, he attended Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Still, OK. Afterwards, DuWayne earned his airborne jump wings at Fort Benning, GA before returning back to his post at Fort Hood, TX as a Fire Director Officer (FDO) for Charlie Battery, 3/82 Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. 

As FDO, DuWayne led the Fire Direction Center for an artillery platoon where he was responsible for all fire direction activities.  After becoming 1st Lieutenant, DuWayne was the Fire Support Officer for Bravo Company, 1/5 Infantry Regiment, where he was the primary fire support planner for an Infantry Company Commander.   Proving himself to be the most diligent in his previous role, DuWayne became the Task Force Fire Support Officer for 1/5 Infantry Regiment Battalion Commander.  In this role he was the senior adviser to a battalion commander of 500 soldiers for fire support matters.  He was responsible for coordinating missions with Air Force and all other fire support assets on the battlefield. 1st Lt. Gregory oversaw 35 fire support personnel and fire support teams to carry out the fire support plan that he created in coordination with the battle plan.  

Founded in 2006, the mission of VoteVets.org Political Action Committee is to elect Veterans to public office, with a focus on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and hold public officials accountable for their words and actions that impact America's 21st century troops and veterans. Though VoteVets.org PAC is non-partisan, candidates it backs must support VoteVets.org's core mission and beliefs.

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