Colonel Nathan Surrey

Colonel Nate Surrey is from Lucasville, Ohio. He commissioned as an Aviation officer from the United States Military Academy in 1998. COL Surrey recently served as the Chief of the Army Protection Division (G-34) in the DCS, G-3/5/7 Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization Directorate at the Pentagon.

COL Surrey served in multiple staff and leadership positions to include Support and Flight Platoon Leader in United States Army Alaska (USARAK); Assault and Aviation Maintenance Company Commands in the 3rd Infantry Division; Aviation Maintenance Company Command, Aviation Task Force Operations Officer (S3) and Combat Aviation Brigade Executive Officer (XO) in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Professor of Military Science of the University of Louisville ROTC detachment; Chief of the Strategy and Plans Directorate, Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve; Commander of 3-227th Assault Helicopter Battalion in the 1st Cavalry Division; and Utility / Cargo Helicopter Action Officer in the DCS, G-3/5/7 Army Aviation Directorate at the Pentagon.


COL Surrey completed combat tours in Iraq (2005 & 2007-08) and Afghanistan in 2011. He completed operational deployments to the Caribbean – Drug Interdiction in 2006, Operation Inherent Resolve in Kuwait from 2015-16, and Operation Atlantic Resolve in Europe from 2017-18.


COL Surrey’s military education includes the Aviation Officer Basic Course, UH60A/L/M Blackhawk Helicopter Qualification Courses, Engineer Captain’s Career Course, and the Command and General Staff College. He earned engineering management degrees (BS) from the United States Military Academy and Missouri University of Science & Technology (MS). He is a graduate of the National War College earning a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy.


His awards and decorations include two Bronze Star Medals, six Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal (Numeral 2), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, two Meritorious Unit Commendations, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Master Aviator Badge, the German Armed Forces Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, and he is a member of the Order of Saint Michael.


COL Surrey is married to COL Alicia Surrey, Army Nurse Corps, who currently serves as the Deputy Commander for Nursing at Bassett Army Community Hospital. The Surrey’s have three daughters.