Colonel Anthony Deane Hall of Fame 2016

Anthony Deane’s peers say that “he has distinguished himself, his country, and his hometown of La Vista by creating a new approach in the field of counter-insurgency. His efforts will be a lasting legacy.”  

Colonel Deane earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska and master’s degree from Central Michigan University. He was commissioned in 1985 and has served in Armor and Cavalry units throughout his career. He was a tank platoon leader and Executive Officer in the 2nd Battalion, 37th Armor, Boblingen, Federal Republic of Germany, S3 Air, S4, and Commander of A Company, 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor, as well as Commander, Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. He served as the Operations Officer for the 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (OPFOR) at Fort Irwin California, and Commander, 1st Battalion, 35th Armor (Conquerors) in Baumholder, Germany, Camp Buehring, Kuwait, and Ramadi, Iraq. Colonel Deane’s deployments include Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Kosovo, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal (w/OLC), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (w/5 OCL), the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. He is a graduate of the Armor Basic and Advance Course, and the Combined Arms Staff Service School. 

Colonel Deane’s innovative blend of military and diplomatic strategy ousted Al-Qaeda threat, placed protecting the city of Ramadi and gaining trust of Ramadi leadership to foster the creation of a local government coalition. Colonel Deane wrote about these efforts in his 2016 book, Ramadi Declassified: A Roadmap to Peace in the Most Dangerous City in Iraq.  

He and his wife Debora have have two daughters, Allison a First Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps and Ashley, a social worker. He currently works as a management and leadership consultant.

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