Anthony Drew Ramey was born in Huntington, West Virginia and raised in Russell, Kentucky. After graduating from Georgetown College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (2002), Candidate Ramey was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps through Officer Candidates School (OCS) in December 2004. Following The Basic School (TBS) in June of 2005, Second Lieutenant Ramey received orders to attend primary flight school in Pensacola, Florida and then advanced flight training in Meridian, Mississippi. In December 2007, First Lieutenant Ramey was designated a Naval Aviator and spent the next year at VFA-125 in Lemoore, California flying the F/A-18 Hornet. In January 2009, Captain Ramey was assigned to the “Bats” of Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 (VMFA(AW)-242) aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan.
During his tour with the Bats, Captain Ramey served as the Adjutant, Legal Officer, Communications Officer and Schedules Writer. As a Bat, Captain Ramey flew in exercises spanning two continents and more than five countries across the Pacific theater. In March of 2011, Captain Ramey joined Marine Aircraft Group 12 (MAG-12) as the Current Operations Officer (COPSO). In addition to his duties as the COPSO, Captain Ramey also served as the Group Historian, Ground Training Officer, Link 16 Unit Manager, and Aircraft Training Instrumentation Manager.
Following his first fleet tour overseas, Captain Ramey was selected to join New Jersey’s first Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Unit aboard Rutgers University as the Marine Officer Instructor (MOI) in February 2012. As the MOI for both Rutgers and Princeton University, Captain Ramey taught two three-hour university courses as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science in addition to serving the NROTC domain as the national course coordinator for Amphibious Warfare for three years. In June of 2015, Major Ramey was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron (H&HS) Futenma aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma in Okinawa, Japan.
During this tour, Major Ramey has served as the Future Operations Officer and Squadron Operations Officer; he is currently serving as the squadron Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Executive Officer. To date, Major Ramey has flown more than 1600 total flight hours in multiple military aircraft and is a graduate of the Expeditionary Warfare School (2010), the Rutgers Business School (MBA, 2014) and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (2016). Major Ramey’s personal awards include the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various campaign and unit awards, medals and ribbons.