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Lieutenant Colonel Cassady entered the Marine Corps from Stratford, New Jersey in October 1970 through the Platoon Leaders Class program. He is a 1968 graduate of Sterling High School, Somerdale New Jersey and a 1973 graduate of Glassboro State College with a B.A. degree in Biology. Upon graduation from Glassboro state College in 1973, he accepted a commission and was assigned to the Basic School (infantry) at Quantico Va. for training. Subsequently, Lieutenant Cassady attended Field Artillery School in Ft Sill Oklahoma followed by 12 years of progressive assignments as a Combat Arms officer. In 1984, Major Cassady was re-designated to the Logistics field and assigned as S-4, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, serving in various operations in the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf areas. Selected for Command and Staff College in 1988, Lieutenant Colonel Cassady graduated in 1989 and was assigned as the Head of CSS Doctrine Division, Warfighting Center, Quantico, Virginia. While assigned to the Doctrine division, he authored 7 military manuals and a number of magazine articles for professional military publications. Also, during this time, he deployed for combat operations as Officer in Charge, Mortuary Affairs Company (Provisional) I Marine Expeditionary Force for Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Upon returning from Desert Storm, Lieutenant Colonel Cassady assumed command of the Marine Detachment, Ft Lee Virginia from 1994 to 1997. Subsequently, he served an additional command tour as Officer in Charge, Detachment Commander Naval Forces Korea, Pohang, South Korea from July 1997 to July 1998. Returning from Korea in 1998, he assumed duties as Head, Staff Planning Division, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Atlantic. Lieutenant Colonel Cassady retired from this assignment in July 2001. After retirement, Mr. Cassady worked as an Opposing Force, Military Analyst for Joint Forces Command in Suffolk, Virginia. Recalled to active duty in November of 2002, Lieutenant Colonel Cassady organized, trained and deployed a 300 Marine strong unit to conduct battlefield recovery of the fallen. He served in Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, leading his company size unit in accomplishing this critical task for the Marine Corps. Lieutenant Colonel Cassady's last active duty assignment was management of the Battlefield Retrieval program for Marine Forces Reserve in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lieutenant Colonel Cassady’s combat decorations include two awards of the Bronze Star and the Combat Action Ribbon. Additionally he holds the following decorations: Legion of Merit (Gold Star), Meritorious Service Medal (2 Gold Stars), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Gold Star),and numerous unit, campaign, and service decorations reflecting his worldwide service and operational experience. Lieutenant Colonel Cassady is married to Kayla Pagel, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (RET). Lieutenant Colonel Cassady is in his tenth year of service to Mandeville High School.