Richard “Mike” Cabrey announced his candidacy for Colonial Beach Town Council last week. While Cabrey is fairly new to full-time life in Colonial Beach – having retired in June of 2019 to move full-time there – he has become involved with the community.
Thursday, Cabrey was at the Colonial Beach Outfitters drive through farmers’ market at Colonial Beach Elementary School working on getting signatures for his petition to run for the seat. He spoke with people in every car that made it through the parking lot.
In his time in Colonial Beach, Cabrey has become a member of the Colonial Beach Planning Commission, worked as a substitute teacher at Colonial Beach Public Schools, and volunteered during the COVID-19 time to help delivery lunches to children.
He retired from the United States Army as a Colonel in 2016 after 30-years of service. He then became Dean of Administration in the College of International Security Affairs.
Prior to that Cabrey served as the Academic Program Manager to the Provost of National Defense University.
In his 30 years of military service Cabrey served around the world including in Korea, Iraq and Germany.
Cabrey holds two Master’s Degrees: Masters of Military Art and Science, Theater Operations, Masters of Military Art and Science, Operational Art. He graduated with his bachelor’s from the United States Military Academy in West Point in 1986.
While Cabrey has lived all over the world during his service time he was born and raised in Utah. He has been married to his wife, Cathy, since 1990 and has three children, two of whom are serving in the military.
In his free time he cooks pizza with his wife, kayaks and paddle boats and has volunteered for multiple activities in Colonial Beach.
Cabrey’s vision for Colonial Beach is for it to once again become a tourist destination. A large part of that helps by becoming more business friendly said Cabrey.
He is also focused on Colonial Beach students learning that there are technical and trade jobs out there beyond college.
Cabrey is currently the only candidate for the three council seats that are up for election. The seat of Frank Alger, III, is up and he does not plan to run again. Dallas Leamon and Steve Cirbee’s seats are also up and neither have announced a decision on whether or not to run again.