Ray served as a U.S. Army officer for over 24 years, both in peace and war, throughout the world. His assignments took him as an Airborne, Ranger, Infan try officer from the jungles of Vietnam to the frozen tundra of Alaska and from the American Embassy in India to the halls of the Pentagon. He was also a member of the Foreign Area Officer (FAO) Program specializing in military-political aspects of Asia and the Middle East. His last assignment was as the Deputy Chief of Intelligence for the Middle East, South Asia, and Terrorism for the Defense Intelligence Agency.
After the Army, Ray joined Exxon as International Security Manager in which capacity her served for over 16 years. His responsibilities took him throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East supervising security in numerous middle and high threat environments for the corporation. In this role he oversaw the safe world-wide travel of thousands of employees for the world's largest international oil company. Key travel events that demanded immediate robust responses included a coup in Central Africa; the giant tsunami in Ache, Indonesia; and targeted attacks from the Libyan military.
Since retiring from ExxonMobil, Ray has served as a security consultant for many of the world's largest corporations as well as mid and small size companies. In this capacity he has developed successful security programs for travelers to the most remote parts of the globe. Notable travel security projects have addressed the threat of piracy off the coast of Africa, Islamist militants in Iraq, and drug cartels in South America.
Ray received a BS from the U.S. Military Academy, an MA in International Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, and is a PhD Candidate at the University of South Carolina in International Relations.