Colonel (R) Tony Deane is a veteran of the Cold War, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Joint Guardian (Kosovo), and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served in numerous armor and cavalry leadership positions for over 28 years. In June of 2005, he assumed command of the 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, Task Force Conqueror and, in May of 2006, deployed his battalion to Ramadi, Iraq.
Task Force Conqueror fought in the Battle of Ramadi throughout the summer and fall of 2006, and was instrumental in fostering the development of the Anbar Awakening. His unit’s actions in Iraq are highlighted in the documentary, ‘Ramadi: Against the Odds’, and in the book, A Chance in Hell by Jim Michaels.
Colonel Deane finished his career at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas as the senior trainer for the Army’s Counterinsurgency Seminar. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Parachutist Badge and the Combat Action Badge. He lives in Melbourne, FL with his wife, Debora.