Captain Charles S. Ackley, Jr., a Marywood University Athletic Hall of Famer and graduate from the classes of 2001 and 2004, has assumed command of the Army Aviation Support Facility No.1, Long Island, N.Y.
Cpt. Ackley served with the Third Battalion, 103rd Regiment Armory in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Wellsboro, Pa., from 1995-2008, as an armor crewman in a M1 Abrams Tank. He transitioned to the New York Army National Guard in 2008 as an aviation officer. Cpt. Ackley deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 as a medevac pilot and recently returned from a humanitarian mission in Puerto Rico, where he participated in the disaster relief support missions following the devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017.
Earning his bachelor’s degree in social sciences in 2001 and his master’s degree in teaching in 2004 from Marywood University, Cpt. Ackley went on to earn his doctoral degree in school leadership from the University of Rochester. He resides in Long Island, N.Y., with his wife Karina Wolfe-Ackley, and their three sons, Jameson, Everett, and Braeden.
While a student at Marywood University, Cpt. Ackley was a four-time Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) all-conference honoree. He led the Pacers to PAC runner-up finishes in both 1998 and 1999. Cpt. Ackley was named All-PAC during his freshman season and earned First Team All-PAC recognition in 1999, 2000, and 2001.
Cpt. Ackley was named the Pacers’ Team Most Valuable Player in 1999, 2000, and 2001. He became the first male student-athlete in Marywood history to earn a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) post-graduate scholarship and remains one of just four athletes in Marywood history to earn that distinction. Cpt. Ackley was inducted into the 15th Hall of Fame Class in 2011 at Marywood University.