Lieutenant Colonel Cary Metz is a native of Browns Valley, MN. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science and Education. He joined the Army as a combat medic and later commissioned through OCS as a US Army Air Defense Artillery officer. After completion of the Officer’s Basic Course, he served as an Avenger/Stinger Platoon Leader and Battery Executive Officer in 2nd Battalion 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment at Fort Campbell KY.

He graduated from the Infantry Captain’s Career Course and was subsequently assigned to V Corps G3 in Heidelberg, Germany where he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Upon return, he assumed command of HHB, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade in Giebelstadt, Germany. Following battery command, LTC Metz was assigned to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany as an Air Defense Observer/Controller and deployed to Tbilisi, Georgia in support of The Georgia Sustainment and Stability Operations Program.

After returning stateside, he served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Following this assignments, he returned to Iraq with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division as part of a Stability Transition Team in support of OIF and Operation New Dawn.

Upon graduating from the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, he served as the 3-6 ADA Battalion and 30th ADA BDE Operations Officer. His most recent assignment was in the Human Resources Command (HRC) G3 at Fort Knox, KY.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (with 5 oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with 4 oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (with one bronze star), Iraq Campaign Medal (with three bronze stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Parachutist and Air Assault Badges.

LTC Metz is engaged to Ms. Nicole Brooks and has three children, Bryce age 26, Tyler age 23, and Brooke age 13.