Colonel Halstead “Trey” Meadows III
Colonel Trey Meadows reported to MCRD Parris Island, SC for Recruit Training in June 1986. Upon completion of his training, PFC Meadows reported to D Co. 4th CEB in Knoxville, TN for service as a reserve combat engineer. During his time in the reserves he attended Tennessee Tech University. In 1989, Cpl Meadows was selected for the Platoon Leaders Course program and reported to Quantico, VA that summer for Officer Candidates School. In November 1990, D Co. and Sgt Meadows were activated and participated in Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM, where he served as a Squad Leader, 1st Platoon, D Co, 2nd CEB. At the completion of this tour he returned to TTU and received his BS in Business Management and was commissioned a 2ndLt in December 1991.
Upon completion of TBS, he reported to NAS Pensacola for flight training. 1stLt Meadows received his wings and was designated a Naval Aviator in June1994. He then reported to HMT-302 for training in the CH-53E. Upon completion of his training he reported to HMH-464 in January 1995.
During his tour at HMH-464 he completed two LF6F deployments with HMM-162 in support of the 22nd MEU. In 1996, he deployed on the USS Guam (LPH 9). During this deployment, HMM-162 supported operations in the Adriatic Sea and conducted the noncombatant evacuation (NEO) of the American Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia. In 1998, he deployed on the USS Saipan (LHA 2). During this tour he served in various operations and maintenance billets. In January 1999, Captain Meadows was transferred to HMT-302 to serve as a CH-53E instructor pilot. While at HMT-302 he served in various billets in the Maintenance Department including: Airframes Division Officer, Flight Line Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, and Maintenance Officer.
In June 2002, Major Meadows reported to HMX-1 where he served as the CH-53E NATOPS Officer, a schedule writer, Flight Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer. He also served as a Marine One Aircraft Commander, responsible for the worldwide safe helicopter transportation of the President of the United States.
In July 2006, Major Meadows returned to MCAS New River and reported to HMH-464 to serve as the Executive Officer. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in August 2007, and subsequently was assigned as the Officer-in-Charge of HMH-464’s Detachment Bravo to CJTF-Horn of Africa. In February 2008, LtCol Meadows returned from Djibouti, Africa and subsequently reported to HMT-302 to serve as the Executive Officer. In February 2009, he reported to MAG-40 to serve as the 2D MEB ACE Operations Officer for combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. In May 2010, he returned to MAG-29 and assumed command of HMH-366. At the completion of his command tour in November 2011, he reported to MAG-29 to serve as the Executive Officer.
In July 2012, he reported to HQMC P&R and served as an Aviation Liaison Officer/Analyst for PA&E, N-80, and the MAGTF Integration Branch. In January 2015, he was assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). He was promoted to Colonel in January 2016.
In July 2018, he reported to Marine Forces Reserve and served as the Chief of Staff, Force Headquarters Group until February 2019, when he assumed the duties as the Chief of Staff, 4th Marine Division. In July 2020, he was assigned to his current duties as the Chief of Staff, Marine Forces Reserve.
Col Meadows’ personal decorations include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal w/2 gold stars, Air Medal w/V and bronze numeral 3, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/gold star, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/gold star, Combat Action Ribbon, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, and numerous unit and campaign awards.