Tray Ardese



Trey Ardese

Tray Ardese is a self-described jack-of-all-trades and master of none.  Tray is a Native American and grew up in the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma.   When not playing football in both high school and college, he spent his entire youth outdoors shooting, camping and living off the land.  His passion for instruction shows as Tray loves helping people discover their God-given talents.  He spent 26 years in the Marines, served 7 combat tours both in the air and on the ground.  Tray has a master degree in Strategy, amassed over 3000 hours of flight time in nine different aircraft.  When Tray was not flying or strategizing, he spent his time at schools like Army Airborne, Norwegian winter warfare, American cold weather survival, Slovenian mountain warfare, SERE, advanced evasion also attaining several black belts in various martial arts.  At home with ground forces, Tray also spent three tours with conventional and Special Forces.  After years in the military, his awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze star with ‘V” for valor, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious service medal, Meritorious service medal, 13 Air medals, Navy Commendation with “V” for valor and the combat action ribbon.  As director of Magpul Core, Tray is always up for adventure and enjoys working and training in the outdoors with some of the world's leading experts.