Col. Buddy Ferris, Division Deputy Commander

4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson

Col. Buddy Ferris graduated from Fairfield University and commissioned as an infantry officer. His first assignment was with 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, in Vilseck, Germany. He served as a rifle platoon leader, a scout platoon leader, and a company executive officer. In the spring of 2003, he invaded Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) while attached to the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

At the conclusion of the Captain’s Career Course in 2004, he was assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He served as an assistant operations officer on the brigade staff and assumed command of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in 2005. As a company commander, he deployed to New Orleans to support Hurricane Katrina relief operations. He then deployed to Samarra, Iraq, in 2006 for 16 months to support OIF.

In 2008, Ferris reported to Georgetown University as part of the JCS Intern Program and earned his master's degree in public policy. Following graduation, he served one year in OSD Policy (Pakistan Desk) and one year on the Army Staff as a senate legislative liaison.

In 2011, Ferris returned to Fort Bragg and was assigned to 4th Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. He served as the chief of plans, the S-3 for 4-73 Cavalry, and as the brigade S3. In 2012, he deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following his tour with the 82nd Airborne, he served as the aide de camp for the secretary of the Army for two years.

Ferris was assigned to the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division from 2016-2019, where he commanded 1-506 IN and served as the division G3. While assigned to the Screaming Eagles, he supported operations in Cameroon and Ghana and deployed with the division headquarters to Afghanistan in 2018. Following his time in the 101st, he attended the U.S. Naval War College and graduated with distinction.

In 2020, he returned to the 82n Airborne Division and took command of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. While serving on the IRF, he deployed to Poland in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Following brigade command, Ferris assumed duties as the executive officer to the U.S. Army Forces Command commanding general.

Ferris is married and has two children.