|Lt. Col. Rebecca A. Gray|
North Georgia Vets to sponsor Veterans’ Day program
By Barbara Balducci
The North Georgia Veterans, assisted by Cub Scout Pack #20, will sponsor a Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 in the Big Canoe Chapel with the North Georgia Veterans chorus providing patriotic music.
The featured speaker is Lt. Col. Rebecca A. Gray, director, Inspector General Complaints for the United States Air Force’s premier Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) wing and three geographically separated units.
Gray identifies areas of concern within the wing and provides the commander with advice, trend analysis and corrective resolution. She develops strategies and conducts Inspector General reviews, investigations, fraud waste and abuse disclosures, and presidential and congressional inquiries.
Gray is a native of Hermosa Beach, Calif. and daughter of Robert F. Currie III and Ann Marie Currie. Upon graduating as a three time All-American in springboard diving from the United States Air Force Academy, Gray received her active duty commission in 1994. In 1995, she was selected as a World Class Athlete culminating in the World Games, Rome, Italy. Her active duty career includes a number of assignments overseeing base-wide food service, lodging, fitness, child and youth development programs, mortuary and recreation.
In 1998, Gray joined the Air Force Reserve and served as the Combat Support Flight Commander of the 325th Services Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. and Squadron Commander of the 16th Services Squadron, Hurlburt Field Air Force Base, Fla. In 2009, Gray joined the Georgia Air National Guard where she stood up a newly created Services Command and Control Team, a specialized disaster response team for FEMA Region IV located at Georgia Air National Guard Headquarters, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga.
In 2011, Gray was selected as a Secretary of Defense Fortune 500 Corporate Fellow assigned to Georgia Power Company in Atlanta, Ga. Her research focused on changes in the utility industry and how it affects the culture and operation of the Department of Defense. Prior to her current role, she served as Commander of the 116th Force Support Squadron, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. Her squadron supported 2,900 airmen of the Georgia Air National Guard for the Adjutant General.
In her civilian capacity, Gray has served as co-CEO of a non-profit community development organization targeting inner city neighborhoods with an emphasis on housing, youth and senior programs, education and economic development. Her work culminated in co-founding a 700 + student elementary charter school in Atlanta. Gray is employed at Southern Company in Atlanta.
She is married Lt. Col. Christopher Gray, USAFR retired of Houston, Tex. Both are proud parents of three daughters Gracie Jane, Jasmine and Kennedy.