Gary grew up in Loveland, Colorado. After graduating from Thompson Valley High School, he joined the Air Force and accepted an appointment at the United States Air Force Academy. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the USAF in 1982.
Gary was Commander of the 46th Test Wing at the Air Force Materiel Command’s Air Armament Center (AAC) at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. With more than 4,200 military, civilian, and contracted personnel, the Test Wing’s primary mission is developmental testing and evaluation of conventional munitions, command and control systems, egress systems, and navigation and guidance systems.
It manages 26 modified test aircraft, 185,500 square miles of land, water test ranges, and facilities across six states. As Commander, Gary’s leadership ensured that the Eglin Range Complex, a national resource, would remain productive and vibrant for years to come.