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Honoring Veterans


Happy Veteran’s Day to all those who are currently serving or have served our country. Your sacrifice and the sacrifice of your families is a debt too great to ever repay. We thank you, honor you, and keep you in our prayers daily. At Stephens and Brown today, we are paying tribute to a former client and friend– First Sergeant Ray L. Kinney. We hope you will take a minute to read Sgt. Kinney’s story. He is a remarkable man, and we are proud to know him.


First Sergeant Ray Kinney is the First Sergeant for Bravo Troop 1- 108th CAV R&S Squadron. He enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1994 as a Ground Surveillance Radar Operator (96R) in the 320th MICO where he served for two years. Following the deactivation of the 320th MICO he transferred to the 248th MICO 48th BDE Georgia Army National Guard where he finished out his first enlistment. First Sergeant Kinney re-enlisted at the completion of his first term of service and transitioned into the 648th Engineer Battalion as a Combat Engineer (12B) in Statesboro, GA.

First Sergeant Kinney mobilized and deployed to S.W. Asia (IRAQ) in 2004 as a team leader in Alpha Company 648th EN (Sapper), 48th Brigade Combat Team, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. He conducted combat operations throughout Iraq in and around the Sunni Triangle as a Combat Engineer executing route clearance and counter IED operations. Following redeployment from Iraq, First Sergeant Kinney was assigned as Senior Engineer Sergeant from late 2006-2007 to HHC BDE 48th BDE Combat Team in Macon, GA as a Staff Sergeant until the end of his enlistment. In 2008 First Sergeant Kinney re-enlisted in 3-108th R&S Squadron as an 11B assigned to H Co 1-121st INF LRS as a team leader. While there First Sergeant Kinney coordinated numerous airborne missions, stood up the first ever SCUBA insertion team, resourced and executed the Combat Tactical tracking Operations course, and was instrumental in dedicating 1SG John D Blair Drop Zone at Catoosa Training Center in Ringgold, GA. Upon Completion of his ADOS time in 3-108th First Sergeant Kinney accepted an ADOS position with the South Carolina National Guard as a Warrior Leader Course Instructor at Eastover South Carolina 218th Non Commissioned Officer Academy. First Sergeant Kinney returned to the Georgia Army National Guard after receiving a Federal Technician Job with 3-108th CAV back in the Assistant S-3 capacity. Shortly after returning to 3rd Squadron First Sergeant Kinney was awarded an AGR position with Bravo Troop 3-108th CAV and was promoted within that troop as the Readiness Non Commissioned Officer. During his time in Bravo Troop First Sergeant Kinney deployed to Kosovo for Operation Enduring Freedom KFOR and served as the Multi-National Task Force S3 NCOIC for the Liaison Monitoring Teams. First Sergeant Kinney is a graduate of Warrior Leaders Course (Distinguished Honor Graduate/Outstanding Leadership Award, Commandants List), Advanced Leadership Course, Maneuver Senior Leadership Course (Honor Graduate), First Sergeant Course, Army Mountain Warfare School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Tactical Tracking Operations School, Army Combatives Level 1, Readiness NCO Course (PEC), Army Basic Instructors Course, Small Group Instructor Course. 1SG Kinney has also attended the U.S. Army Military Intelligence School (96R), U.S. Army Infantry School (11B), U.S. Army Combat Engineer School (12B), U.S. Army Cavalry School (19D).

His awards and decorations include: Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device and 10 year Bronze Hourglass, Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (4th Award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (4th Award), National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver-Wheeled Vehicle Clasp, German Army Marksmanship Badge Gold, NCO Badge with Roman Numeral 3,Parachutist badge, Australian Parachutist Badge, Brazilian Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Order of St. George Medallion, 3-108th Cavalry Regimental Affiliation.

First Sergeant Kinney currently serves as the 1-108th Squadron Operations NCOIC / B TRP First Sergeant.

He resides in Woodstock, Georgia with his wife Dayna, their three sons, Kainen, Bo, and Luke.

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