City of Blue Ash announces keynote speaker for Veterans Day Ceremony
The City of Blue Ash is pleased to announce the keynote speaker for the 26th annual Blue Ash Veterans Day event. The event is free and open to the public.
Colonel Paul W. Fellinger, Jr. will be speaking on Sunday, November 11th at the Blue Ash Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park. The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. and also includes a wreath laying, writings from local students, and music from the Ohio Military Band.
Col. Fellinger was commissioned into the Infantry from Xavier University in 1990. His first duty assignment was as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry (Mechanized) at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Following the Infantry Advanced Course, he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airbone Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He served there as an assistant Operations Officer and Company Commander for 25 months. During command, he deployed the company to Haiti in support of the United States Support Group. Following command, Col. Fellinger was assigned as a Small Ground Instructor at the US Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He also served as an Assignment Officer at the Human Resources Command in Alexandria, Virginia.
After attending the Command and General Staff Course, Col. Fellinger was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division where he served as a Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom I. He was then assigned to the newly formed Asymmetric Warfare Group at Fort Meade, Maryland, where he served as a Troop Commander for two years and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan three times. In 2008, he assumed command of 1st Squadron (Airbone), 91st Cavalry in Schweinfurt, Germany and deployed the unit to Afghanistan in 2009. Following command, he was assigned as the Senior Maneuver Trainer at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.
Col. Fellinger attended the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania in 2013. After the War College, he served as Commander of the Presidio of Monterey from 2014-2016.
He retired from active service in 2016 and returned to Cincinnati, Ohio.