Dean A. Levay
Colonel LeVay graduated from Infantry OCS Class 20, 11 September 1970. He was initially commissioned Infantry and returned to the Vietnam War as a platoon leader in the 173d Airborne Brigade. | The unit redeployed to CONUS at the end of 1971. He continued to serve as a platoon leader in the 2d Bn (Abn) 503d Infantry until re-branch to Air Defense Artillery in the summer of 1972. He spent the next eight years in Air Defense Artillery and successfully commanded three units in Korea and Europe. He resigned from the Army in order to attend law school in 1981 after an assignment with the Army Training Board, which was then implementing sweeping reforms of the entire Army training system. | For the next 20 years he pursued parallel careers in the Department of Justice and in Army Reserve Components. He held numerous high level staff positions and commanded two battalions and a brigade in the Arizona Army National Guard. He was given a critical legislative affairs mission in Arizona while assigned as a promotable Lieutenant Colonel in the State Headquarters. He drafted and successfully lobbied a bill through the State legislature that resulted in a dramatic increase in tuition assistance for all members of the Arizona Guard. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, promoted to Colonel and commanded the 98th Troop Command, a Brigade sized unit. He retired in 2000 with 33 years of military service. | His legal career began in 1984 as U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration Law prosecutor. He became an Associate General Counsel at Immigration Naturalization Service (INS) Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He was responsible for implementing a provision of the 1986 Immigration Reform Act calling for prison hearings for illegal aliens in all 50 States and expeditious deportation upon sentence completion. He was promoted to District Counsel in 1988 in Phoenix, Arizona and was chief legal advisor for all INS operations in Arizona and Nevada. He was appointed to Immigration Judge in 1994 and served on that bench until his retirement in 2004. Finally, he was Chief Law Enforcement Advisor at the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, Kabul, Afghanistan in 2007-2008. | His military education consists of: Basic Airborne Course; Infantry OCS; Special Forces Officer Course; Air Defense Forward Area Weapons Course; Jumpmaster Course; Air Defense Hawk Missile Officer Course; Air Defense Officer Advanced Course; Ranger School; Defense Language Institute; Military Police Officer Advanced Course (Reserve Component); Command and General Staff Officer Course (Reserve Component).