Lt. Col. Jamie LaValley, Director, Directorate of Evaluation and Standardization
Lt. Col. Jamie LaValley began his military career in 2001, commissioning as a second lieutenant in Aviation at Norwich University in Vermont. His first assignment was to Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he earned his Army Aviator wings and qualified as an AH-64D Apache pilot.
LaValley’s first assignment after flight school was as a company XO and platoon leader at Camp Page, Republic of Korea, with the 1-2 Attack Battalion “The Gunfighters”, 2nd Infantry Division. In 2005, he was assigned to 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with the 1-82 Attack Recon Battalion “Wolfpack,” where he served as battalion S-4 and company commander for A/1-82 “Redwolves” during the surge of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08. In 2009, he was assigned as an exchange officer with the British Army, serving as a flight commander of a British Army Apache AH1 squadron with 3 Regiment, Army Air Corps, 16th Air Assault Brigade, Wattisham, United Kingdom. He attended the Apache AH1 qualification course and served in Operation Herrick (Enduring Freedom), Helmand Province, Afghanistan, for two tours with 653 Squadron and 662 Squadron. In 2011, he was assigned to Fort Rucker as the Department of Evaluations and Standardization Attack/Recon/UAS branch chief, where he attended the AH-64D Instructor Pilot course. He was later assigned as battalion S-3 for 1-223 Aviation Regiment at Fort Rucker, then attended the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, in 2012. After ILE, he was assigned as battalion S-3 1-229th ARB, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, where he would deploy to Operation Enduring Freedom, Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2014 with the first unit equipped with the AH-64E Apache. In 2015, he was assigned to Camp Smith, Hawaii, as the aide-de-camp to the deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Lt. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield, and in 2017 he was assigned as the executive assistant to the J3 (Operations Directorate), U.S. Pacific Command. He assumed command of 6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division in August of 2017 at Fort Carson, Colorado, deploying to ATLANTIC RESOLVE in July 2018.
LaValley has a bachelor’s degree in Peace, War, and Diplomacy and History from Norwich University and master’s degree in Strategic Military Studies from the Naval War College. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal for Valor (2), The Air Medal (5), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, and Humanitarian Service Medal. He has been awarded the Master Aviator Badge, Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Honorable Order of Saint Michael Bronze Award, and the British Queens Commendation for Valuable Service (Afghanistan Campaign/OP Herrick).