Gary Cassidy, U.S. Army
City of Residence: Prescott
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Dates of Service: April 1968-October 1997
Rank: Colonel USA (Ret.)
I served in the U.S. Army from when I was drafted in April 1968 until October 1997. I began as an infantry private and ended as a Special Forces colonel. But my retirement wasn't really the end of my career as I was recalled to active duty to be the Army's Artist where I served off and on until finally retiring in March, 1999.
My awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Vietnam Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, NATO Bosnia Service Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Parachute Badge, Special Forces Tab, Office of the Secretary of Defense Badge, Army Staff Badge and others.
Currently I am an artist who's lived in Prescott since 2002, focusing on sculpture, painting and writing. My achievements include Doctor of Arts, Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, and I am about to publish my first novel. During my Army career I served in various command and executive positions to include the Army Staff, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict. Early in my career I was the warden of an Army jail. I am a 1989 graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College. My overseas assignments include the Balkans, First Gulf War, Panama, Korea, and the Vietnam War. I was RIFed in 1975 as an officer without a college degree and returned to college to major in art. While completing my degrees I served in the Army Reserves. After receiving my Master of Fine Arts degree, I returned to the Army full time, went airborne at age 38 and Special Forces at age 40.
Since retiring and moving to Prescott in 2002, I've served in a number of positions to include, executive director of the Phippen Museum of Western Art, board member and president of Arizona Classical Theater, board member and chairperson for Arts and Cultural Affairs Study Group for Prescott 2050, board member and president for Friends of Yavapai College Art, and board member for the Yavapai College Foundation