Colonel Earley is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a 1972 graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and was commissioned in 1976 as a Distinguished Military Graduate of Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois. His military education includes the Quartermaster Officer Basic and Advanced Course, the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the US Army War College. He holds a master’s degree in Management from Webster University.
His initial assignment was Supply Officer, Battalion Property Book Officer and Supply Platoon Leader with the 75th Support Battalion, 194th Armored Brigade (Sep), Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was transferred to Fort Lee, Virginia, where he served as aide-de-camp to Commander, Troop Support Agency and attended the Quartermaster Advanced Course. His next assignment was to Korea, where he served as Alpha Company Commander, 2nd Supply & Transportation Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. Upon his return from Korea, he attended Rigger School enroute to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as Operations Officer and later as Commander of the 612th Quartermaster Company (Aerial Delivery), 1st Corps Support Command. He continued his career at Fort Bragg where he assumed command of 364th Supply and Service Company (Direct Support). He deployed this unit to Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada, in October 1983. After completing his tour at Fort Bragg he was assigned to the Military Personnel Center in Alexandria, Virginia, where he served as Board Recorder, Department of the Army, Secretariat for Selection Boards and as Professional Development Officer, Quartermaster Branch. His next assignment was Fulda, Germany, where he served as Executive Officer, Support Squadron, Director of Logistics, and Regimental S-4, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Following his return from Kuwait and Germany, he was assigned as Deputy G-3, 1st Corps Support Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Colonel Earley assumed command of 27th Main Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. In July 1995, he became Quartermaster Branch Chief, Department of the Army, Personnel Command, Alexandria, Virginia. Following that assignment, he attended the US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Colonel Earley was then assigned to Fort Campbell as the Director Human Resources Business Center and later commanded the 101st Corps Support Group. After command, Colonel Earley was assigned to Fort Belvoir, Virginia, where he assumed the position as Executive Officer to the Director, Defense Logistics Agency. Colonel Earley is now retired from Active Duty.
Colonel Earley’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Overseas Ribbon, Saudi Arabian Liberation Medal, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, the Parachute Rigger Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.