A native Texan, Colonel Ferry is a 1992 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he received a B.S. in Systems Engineering. After completing The Basic School at Quantico, Virginia, Colonel Ferry attended the Naval Flight School in Pensacola, Florida where he was designated as a Naval Aviator in August of 1994. Subsequently, he was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 204 (HMT-204) at MCAS New River, North Carolina for follow-on training in the CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter.
In 1995 Colonel Ferry transferred to the “Black Knights” of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 264 (HMM-264) at MCAS, New River. While at HMM-264 he served in the squadron’s Operations and Safety Departments and completed two Mediterranean deployments with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, deploying to Bosnia with the NATO Peace Implementation Force (IFOR) for Operation Joint Endeavor in 1995 and again in 1998 with the NATO Stabilization Force (SFOR) for Operation Joint Guard.
In 1998 Colonel Ferry was assigned back to the “White Knights” of HMT-204 as a CH-46E flight instructor where he served until the squadron transitioned responsibility for CH-46E aircrew training to Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164 (HMM(T)-164). In 1999 he was accepted into the USMC Special Education Program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Colonel Ferry graduated in 2001 with a M.S. in Applied Physics and was assigned to the United States Naval Academy where he taught in the Weapons and Systems Engineering Department.
In 2004 Colonel Ferry was transferred to Marine Aircraft Group 36 (MAG-36) in Okinawa, Japan and was assigned to the “Flying Tigers” of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262). While at HMM-262 Major Ferry served as the Squadron’s Logistics Officer, the Director of Safety and Standardization, and as the Maintenance Officer, completing deployments with Joint Task Force 535 to the Philippines for a Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) mission and to Indonesia and Thailand with Combined Support Force 536 for HA/DR operations in support of regional tsunami relief efforts. In addition to completing two 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit cycles, Colonel Ferry also deployed with the Flying Tigers to Al Taqaddum, Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.1, the squadron’s first combat operations since the Vietnam War.
In 2007 Colonel Ferry transferred to Headquarters Squadron, MAG-36 where he served as the Operations Officer and the Executive Officer, participating in Joint Task Force Caring Response the HA/DR effort to Myanmar. In 2009 he moved to Quantico, Virginia where he was assigned to Training Command as the Aviation Production Section Head.
In 2010 Colonel Ferry commenced assignment as Commanding Officer, HMM(T)-164 at MCAS Camp Pendleton. During his tenure the “Knightriders” trained and designated of the last CH-46E Helicopter Second Pilot, assisted in the preparation of the final CH-46 MEU deployments, and started the West Coast transition to the V-22. He relinquished command in 2012 and was assigned as a student at the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, PA where he completed a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies.
In 2013 Colonel Ferry transferred to USAFRICOM where he served as the Chief, J-5 Mission Support Division and as the J5 Director of Staff.
Colonel Ferry assumed command of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in July of 2016.