Colonel (Ret.) Trey Meeks
Retired Air Force Colonel Robert “Trey” Meeks is a Principal at The Asia Group. Following a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force, Trey brings to The Asia Group decades of leadership, strategic planning, and program management experience related to defense cooperation, international defense sales, national security strategy, procurement, and service contracts.
Upon joining The Asia Group, Trey has helped the company’s aerospace and defense clients achieve business expansion objectives across numerous Asian markets by designing and helping implement strategic campaigns. Additionally, his strategic acumen and military insight have helped inform risk mitigation strategies for a diverse group of Fortune 100 companies heavily invested in North East Asian markets.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Trey led defense cooperation and sales efforts as the Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation at both the U.S. Embassy in Singapore and the U.S. Embassy in Brunei Darussalam. In this role, he oversaw partner capability development efforts, including exercises and basing agreements, as well as direct support – including working with the Department of Defense and in one-on-one negotiations with foreign acquisition chiefs – for high-value acquisition, sustainment, and upgrade successes by U.S. defense firms. He also served as a liaison between the U.S. Arms Transfer and Technology Release Senior Steering Group and Singapore’s Defense Technology Committee, where he regularly collaborated to solve complex technology transfer and national disclosure policy issues. He simultaneously managed the U.S. government’s largest foreign training and education program with over 1000 students per year, and led U.S. inter-agency support for the Singapore Airshow and the International Maritime Defense Exhibition (IMDEX), the largest aerospace and maritime defense events of their kind in Asia.
Through his time in the Air Force, Trey has developed senior-level relationships and a wide breadth of operational expertise in the Asia-Pacific. As the Deputy Director for Plans, Programs and Policy at Special Operations Command-Pacific (SOCPAC), Trey provided inter-agency and programmatic support for Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines in Eastern Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago. He additionally served in key leadership roles in national-level exercises in Korea, Thailand, and Cambodia. Trey was also a Special Operations Command-Pacific representative to an Ambassador-level Regional Security Initiative for Countering Violent Extremism in Indonesia, and guided SOCPAC’s Strategic Planning Process to prioritize USD 100 million in Service Common and Special Operations funding.
Trey was previously the Commander of the 83-person 1st Helicopter Squadron at Andrews Air Force Base. In this capacity, he personally briefed Congressional leadership, the NORTHCOM Commander and the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff to secure their advocacy for doubling the squadron’s manpower to meet post-9/11 alert commitments. He also led the squadron to win the Air Force Association’s prestigious Verne Orr Award. Trey has also accumulated extensive program management, resourcing, and funding success as Training Command lead for Special Operations and Combat Rescue platforms, as well as advanced jet and helicopter trainers. Over his career, he logged over 1000 hours each as both an Air Force and Army helicopter instructor pilot and was a Source Selection team member for over USD 3.2 billion in services contracts. His career was capstoned with the Defense Superior Service Medal.
Trey received his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy, an M.B.A. from Auburn University, and completed the Post Graduate Intelligence Program at the National Defense Intelligence College. He also completed programs at the Joint Warfighting College, the Rajaratanam School of International Studies in Singapore, and the Safety and Accident Investigation Board President’s Course at Yakota Air Force Base, Japan.