Lieutenant Colonel Ray DeLucio, a native of Richmond, Indiana will participate in the Joint Base Fort Sam Houston installation retirement ceremony on June 27th marking more than 26 years of service.
Lieutenant Colonel DeLucio enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves in 1993. After completing Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia as a Signal Support Systems Specialist, he served with the 428th Field Artillery Brigade which was headquartered in South Bend, Indiana and had the distinction of being was the last field artillery assigned to the Army Reserves. In 1995, De Lucio was selected as the 123rd Army Reserve Command’s Soldier of the Year after competing and winning at the company, battalion and brigade levels. That same year, he was a finalist for the Army Reserve’s Soldier of the Year. In March, 1996, he was honorably discharged from the reserves and immediately entered active service with the 37th Armor Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division and later the 63rd Armor Regiment, 1st Infantry Division in Vilseck, Germany. In 1996, his unit was deployed to Macedonia as part of a United Nations effort to stabilize the region after the breakup of Yugoslavia and a series of ethnic related conflicts threated the region. While stationed along the Albanian, Serbian and Macedonian border, he installed and maintained communication systems at five forward operation bases, one regional command center for two armored elements. Upon returning to Germany in 1997, LTC DeLucio was selected as a V Corps Distinguished Leader. In 1998, LTC De Lucio was selected to attend the Officer’s Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia and in 1999, he was commissioned as a Signal Officer.
After completing the Signal Officer’s Basic Course, LTC DeLucio was assigned to the 93rd Signal Brigade where he worked as a network planner and operations officer evaluating and developing communication requirements and network plans for 15 major exercises as well as planning the communication support requirements for 33 missions conducted in South and Central America. In 2001, he was selected to serve as the officer in charge of a tactical signal node which provided contingency communication support during the 2001 Presidential Inauguration. Following the events of September 11, 2001, he served as an operations officer for the US Southern Command’s Theater Network Security Operation Center tracking and reporting on the readiness of communication related personnel and equipment. He also provided daily updates to the Commanders of the 93rd Signal Brigade and NETCOM on the status of contingency communication teams preparing to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In 2003, LTC DeLucio deployed to Uzbekistan where he led the first of three Direct Support Signal Teams that would establish the major communication centers in Kabul, Kandahar and Bagram, Afghanistan as well as Karshi, Uzbekistan. In 2004, Following the development of these communication sites, Lieutenant Colonel Ray DeLucio was selected to command the 550th Signal Company. His unit was spread across three countries and managed or expanded five Network Enterprise Centers in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom operations on behalf of the 25th Signal Battalion, 160th Signal Brigade. These teams helped develop the network infrastructure to support combat operations and strategic communication for units operating throughout the Middle East and the Horn of Africa.
After completing consecutive deployments, he was assigned to the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. While there, he was the installation’s communication officer and the Executive Officer for the Science and Technology Division of the Center for Strategic Leadership. As an executive officer, he help define future communication requirements and to develop communication and technology related contract proposals to meet current and emerging information and communication. Additionally, he co-authored a three volume case study on Network Centric Warfare for the Department of Defense’s Office of Force Transformation. He was identified as a PhD candidate by the Army Human Resources Command.
From 2010 – 2012, LTC DeLucio deployed with the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division as their Brigade S6 or Chief Information Officer. LTC DeLucio was responsible for all aspects of strategic, operational and tactical communication planning and operations for a brigade headquarters, six US aviation battalions, one Australian aviation battalion and a US Air Force element comprised of 154 aircraft, 600 vehicles and more than 3,800 Soldiers and Airmen. This force would then support all aviation support functions from medevac, logistic support, air assault missions and close air support for the southern third of Afghanistan.
While supporting combat operations in Regional Command South and Regional Command Southwest, LTC DeLucio designed, engineered and oversaw the installation of communication services to 23 buildings supporting aviation operations in Kandahar, Forward Operating Base, Tarin Kowt and Forward Operating Base Wolverine. He would also coordinate the installation of a line-of-sight communication network at Tarin Kowt to connect Task Force assets with Australian forces in the region.
After returning from Afghanistan, would be assigned as the Deputy G6 or Chief Information Officer for the 8th Theater Sustainment Command in Hawaii. As the Deputy G6, he provided direction and oversight of network development, network plans, communication support operations and information assurance programs. These were used to support logistical support requirements for military units operating throughout Japan, Korea and the Pacific Ocean as well as humanitarian support efforts such as those used by military forces following the 2013 tsunami which hit the Philippines. He also coordinated communication and spectrum management plans, network topologies, technical configurations and operational controls to ensure each communication system could properly operate within the guidelines established by the Department of Defense, the Defense Information Systems Agency and other regional allies while managing 47 communication and general support contracts for the command.
In 2015, LTC DeLucio would be assigned to the US Army South G6. While there, he would serve as the Division Chief for the G6 Plans and Exercise Division, the Chief of Signal for the only Contingency Command Post (CCP) within the U.S. Southern Command’s area of responsibility and as the command’s senior communication planner. As the Chief of the G6 Plans and Exercise Division, he organized and managed a ten-member team of Soldiers, Officers and DA Civilians. Directed the planning, staffing, coordination and establishment of tactical and strategic communication nodes for 19 major training events during 2018. He also supervised the development and management of communication contracts used to support strategic operations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
LTC DeLucio is a native of Richmond and is a graduate of Richmond High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Ball State University, a Master of Science degree in History from Wright State University and is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College, The Combined Arms Staff Course and numerous other military courses.
LTC DeLucio’s decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), Joint Service Achievement, Army Achievement Medal (8th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 campaign stars (3rd award), Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 campaign stars, Armed Forces Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (2nd Award), NATO Medal, UN Medal, Meritorious Unit Award (2nd Award), Superior Unit Award (2nd award) and the German Schützenschnur Badge. LTC DeLucio has been honored with the Signal Corps’ Bronze Order of Mercury Medallion and was selected for the V Corps Distinguished Leader Award in 1998.
He and his wife Jean, formally of Union City, Indiana have been married for 32 years. They have two sons, both of whom are serving as Captains in the Army. They also have three grandchildren.