MAJOR CARMEN T. BUCCI
Major Carmen Bucci, Garnet Valley Class of 2001, graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Military Art and Science in 2005 and was commissioned as an Infantry officer. After completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ranger School, and Airborne School, he reported to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
While serving as a Rifle Platoon Leader in Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, MAJ Bucci deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006. After successful completion of the Ranger Orientation Program, MAJ Bucci was selected to serve in 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Georgia. While serving in the battalion he deployed three times, twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). While assigned to 3rd Battalion, he held various duty positions to include Ranger Rifle Platoon Leader, Ranger Company Executive Officer, and Ranger Battalion Public Affairs Officer (S-5).
In 2010, MAJ Bucci then attended the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, before reporting to Camp James E. Rudder, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida to serve in the 6th Ranger Training Battalion as the Battalion Air Operations Officer (S-3 Air) and Future Operations Officer. In 2012, MAJ Bucci then reported to the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and commanded Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry “Wolfhounds.” MAJ Bucci then attended and successfully completed the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program II with a follow on assignment to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, GA where he served as the Ranger Battalion Air Operations Officer (S-3 Air) and Ranger Battalion Logistics Officer (S-4). While assigned to 1st Ranger Battalion, he deployed once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In 2014, MAJ Bucci then reported back to Fort Benning, Georgia to Command the Regimental Selection and Training Company (RSTC), Regimental Special Troops Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment where he was responsible for the assessment and selection of all Rangers pursuing service in the 75th Ranger Regiment. Upon completion of his command of the RSTC in 2015, he then reported to Newport, Rhode Island to attend the U.S. Naval War College. He graduated highest distinction with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. MAJ Bucci then reported to Fort Bliss, Texas in 2016, to serve as the Battalion Operations Officer (S-3) for 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry “Spartans,” in the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. He was then selected to serve as the Brigade Operations Officer (S3) for 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, “Ready First,” 1st Armored Division. In 2017, he deployed to combat for a sixth time, his third to Afghanistan, in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, initially as a Battalion S3, responsible for the security of Bagram Airfield and surrounding area. He then transitioned to assume responsibilities as the 1st Stryker Brigade S3 and G3 Operations Officer for Train, Advise, and Assist Command – East (TAAC-E), responsible for the training and oversight of the 201st Corps Afghan National Army, its security of Eastern Afghanistan, and its fight against the Taliban, ISIS, and myriad of other named terrorist organizations operating in the area. In 2018, MAJ Bucci was then selected to return to the United States Military Academy at West Point as the Executive Officer for the Department of Military Instruction where he currently serves.
MAJ Bucci’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster and three oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Army Service Medal, the Overseas Service Medal Second Award, the NATO Medal, and the Order of Saint Maurice Centurion. He is authorized to wear the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Senior Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
Major Bucci, a native of Glen Mills, PA is married to the former Lora Sheeran of Collegeville, Pennsylvania. They have three sons, Luca (6yrs), Gio (2yrs), and Emilio (1yr), and a shih tzu named Rudy.