Colonel Charles W. Durr received his commission in the United States Army on 1 June 1991 through the United States Military Academy. Commissioned as an Aviation Officer, he attended the Officer Basic Course and Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training (IERW) at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Upon graduation from flight school in July 1992, he was awarded the Army Aviator Badge and assigned as an OH-58 A/C Scout Pilot with 4th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 6th Cavalry Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.
Colonel Durr’s aviation assignments include: Platoon Leader (OH-58), Charlie Troop, 4th Squadron, 6th Cavalry; Platoon Leader (AH-64) Charlie Troop, 4th Squadron, 6th Cavalry; Assistant Operations Officer, 3rd Squadron, 6th Cavalry; Commander, B Company, 1-2 Aviation, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Page, Korea; Assistant Brigade S-3, 1st Brigade, 75th Division, Houston, Texas; S-1, 7th Squadron, 6th Cavalry, Conroe, Texas; Commander, C Troop, 7th Squadron, 6th Cavalry; Executive Officer, 7th Squadron, 6th Cavalry; Executive Officer, 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas; Executive Officer, 244th Aviation Brigade (FWD), Balad, Iraq; Division Chief, Reserve Affairs J3/4, Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia; Executive Officer, 244th Aviation Brigade, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Commander, 8-229th Aviation Regiment, Fort Knox, KY; ACofS, G4, 11th Aviation Command, Fort Knox, KY.
Colonel Durr's military education includes Aviation Officer Basic Course, Aviation Officer Advance Course, and the Army Command and General Staff Officer Course, Joint and Combined Warfare School, and Defense Support to Civil Authorities Phases 1-2, and the Army War College. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering from USMA, a Masters of Public Administration from Troy University and Masters of Strategic Studies from USAWC. His military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Bronze Hourglass (10 year device), M device with numeral 2, Overseas Service Ribbon, Master Army Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
Colonel Durr is a native of Oregon. He's married to Dr. Olga Vaca Durr, formerly of Belton, Texas and they have three children.