“Jay is a totally reliable, proven, battle tested strong leader – he is precisely what we need in the White House and/or on The Supreme Court; but, since we can’t start at the top and we have to start somewhere, let’s get him in the State House.” –Gerry Bueker, 5th Special Forces Group, Vietnam
Jay was honorably discharged from the USAF in 1972 after the Vietnam conflict. But Jay was not satisfied with the degree to which he had served. Jay chose to re-enter the military, and did so in 1985, this time in the Army.
Jay was chosen to be part of a team to undertake a classified mission to rescue some POWs in Southeast Asia following the Vietnam war. The team included one Special Forces soldier who had been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, and another Special Forces soldier who had earned two Silver Stars and three Purple Hearts. The mission was scrubbed at the last minute, but Hollywood did make a film of the mission called Uncommon Valor.
Jay provided information to the US Congress regarding POWs in Vietnam during the hearings on those issues in the early 1980s.
Although Jay graduated from the Army JAGC school (Military Lawyer), he chose to be on the front lines, and not behind a cushy desk. Jay asked for an assignment to Combat Arms, which was granted.
Jay was selected for his first assignment even before he finished the Infantry School and Airborne School. Jay was assigned as an Executive Officer with a Special Forces A-team.
Jay then went to combat Infantry assignments. Jay served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, a Rifle Company Executive Officer, a Rifle Company Commander, the Assistant Operations Officer for an Infantry Battalion, the Infantry Battalion Intelligence Coordinator, the Infantry Battalion Logistics Officer, and the Infantry Battalion Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare Officer.
Jay was chosen to serve on the first team of American Advisors (a MAC team) to go back into a Central American country after our forces had been required to leave following the debacle there by President Carter. Jay taught these senior officers in that country counter-insurgency warfare in their equivalent to the US Command and General Staff College. Jay was the only American Military Advisor to be given a special letter of appreciation from the local School Commander, and one of the foreign officers at that school awarded Jay his class flag, which he had been awarded as the top graduate of his class. Jay was awarded their equivalent of our Army’s “Ranger” certificate from the school.
Jay’s unit was tasked to the US Army Jungle Warfare School, to provide “enemy forces” to give US forces a realistic training environment. Notably, Jay’s small unit soundly defeated the 101st Airborne Division in the jungle environment.
The unit that Jay had commanded and trained was selected to be “enemy forces” to train other army units regarding how to combat guerilla and terrorist attacks.
A unit that Jay had commanded and trained was chosen to be “enemy forces” for a “Best of NATO” competition, regarding nuclear facility defense. Jay’s unit was supposed to be defeated in every engagement, and the time it took to defeat them was to be the measure of how competent the NATO country’s force was. But that was not what happened.
The problem was that Jay’s unit won 16 of the 18 engagements! This so shocked the Theater Commander (a senior three-star general), that he visited the site to see what kind of unit this was which never lost. Jay’s sergeants complained to the General regarding the “canned scenario” which they had to perform for each engagement, saying, “Sir, can we do this mission the way WE want to do it, just once?” When granted that permission, Jay’s unit won the next engagement against the best team another NATO country could field, in less than a half-hour.
Jay’s unit was assigned a counterterrorism mission, and during wartime they stopped every attack. Although there were sometimes as many as six “incidents” per day, none succeeded. The “make no headlines” goal of the command was realized.
Jay was invited to join “Delta” at the JFK Special Warfare Center at Ft. Bragg. Jay wanted to have a reasonable family life, and he had young children at home. So, he declined that attractive offer.
Jay’s unit was tasked to be part of JTF-6 in the war on drug trafficking along our southern border on several iterations. For the first iteration, Jay was assigned as the chief logistics officer for our efforts, and in the other iteration Jay was part of the Operations team overseeing the mission.
Jay then joined a Logistics Command, and there served as Deputy Chief of Operations .
While in that command, Jay was selected for his last duty assignment, one that you can join only by the Commander’s specific invitation. Jay then went to Virginia and became the A/Chief of Ground Operations for Special Operations Command, Joint Forces Command.
Although Jay’s orders showed him to be at Norfolk Naval Air Station, Jay was actually in an unmarked government facility with no windows in rural Virginia which looked very much like a prison (because of the high perimeter fences topped with concertina wire, and all the armed guards). The security was higher than that at the Pentagon.
There, Jay was responsible for a large number of Special Operations forces, including Special Forces A-teams, Rangers, 82nd Airborne, as well as special operations forces from other countries such as British SAS and SBS, scattered all over a continent.
Jay is a founding instructor of the Special Weapons Instructor’s Course. Jay has trained a number of Special Operations Forces teams in “special weapons”.
Jay was honorably discharged from the Army in 2001.