Deputy Commanding Officer- Maneuver: Colonel Andrew C. Gainey

Colonel Andrew C. Gainey hails from Columbia, South Carolina.  He graduated from the University of South Carolina and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery Branch.  


COL Gainey served in Bamberg, Germany from 1993-1996.  His initial assignment was with the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) where he served as a Platoon Fire Direction Officer, Company Fire Support Officer and Executive Officer.  In 1996, he was assigned to the 18th Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Bragg, NC where he served as the Battalion Adjutant and Commander, Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment.  In 1998, COL Gainey was assigned to the Total Army Personnel Command (PERSCOM) in Alexandria, Virginia, where he served as the Field Artillery Branch Captain’s Assignment’s Officer and Aide-De-Camp to the Commanding General of PERSCOM.  In 2002, COL Gainey joined the 82nd Airborne Division Artillery, Fort Bragg, NC, where he served as the Division Assistant Fire Support Coordinator and immediately deployed with the division headquarters to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  In 2004, COL Gainey was assigned to the 1st Armored Division Headquarters, Wiesbaden, Germany.  While there, he served as the Division Assistant Fire Support Coordinator, and then deployed to Ramadi, Iraq in 2006 as the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment S3.  Following his deployment in 2007, COL Gainey was assigned as the Major’s and Lieutenant Colonel’s Assignments Officer at the Army Human Resources Command (AHRC), Alexandria, VA.  He was then selected to Command, 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment and subsequently deployed to Baghdad, Iraq.  Following Battalion Command, he served as a Military Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In 2015, COL Gainey served as the 17th Field Artillery Brigade Commander at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington. Following Brigade Command, he served as the Military Assistant to the 10th Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Executive Officer to the 37th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army.


COL Gainey’s military education include the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff Officers Course and the Marine Corps War College. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, a Master of Science degree in Occupational Education from Kansas State University and a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies from the Marine Corps War College.    


COL Gainey’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with Two Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with Four Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (with Two Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.