Episode #220 with CW5(r) Bobby Villarreal.
Tonight we are happy to share our time talking to CW5(r) Bobby Villarreal.
“Bobby V” originally enlisted in the Army as an Airborne Ranger in January of 1988. After completing Infantry Basic Training and the Ranger Indoctrination Program he was assigned to the 1st Ranger BN Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Georgia. As a Ranger, he participated in combat operations in support of Operation Just Cause, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In 1994 he was reassigned as a Ranger Instructor at the 6th Ranger Training Battalion in Camp Rudder Florida.
He was accepted into the Warrant Officer Program in 1997. He attended Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training, Warrant Officer Basic Course and UH-60 Black Hawk transition. After completing the UH-60 aircraft qualification at Fort Rucker he participated in combat operations in support of Operation Task Force Hawk deploying to Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo.
In 2001 after a successful assessment and selection he was assigned to A Co. (Shadows) 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. Upon arrival to the 160th he attended the Special Operations Training Course, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape Level-C Course. He received his Fully Mission Qualification in 2002 and Tracked Maintenance Test Pilot in 2005. In 2007 he was assigned to D Co. (Raiders) 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia as a Fully Mission Qualified Pilot and Maintenance Test Pilot.
From 2008 through 2015 he was assigned to multiple companies in 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia as a Fully Mission Qualified Pilot and Maintenance Test Pilot – Maintenance Examiner, the Battalion Liaison Officer to Special Operations Command Southern Command, Maintenance Test Pilot – Maintenance Examiner.
In 2015 he was assigned to D Co. AVUM-AVIM (Dark wing) 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia as the Senior Fully Mission Qualified Pilot and Maintenance Test Pilot – Maintenance Examiner. He has made numerous deployments with D Co. (Raiders), C Co. (Shadows) and D Co. (Darkwing) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN and INHERENT RESOLVE totaling over 860 days deployed to combat logging 1100 hrs of combat/ imminent danger.
Chief Warrant Officer Five Villarreal military schools include the Individual Infantry Training course, Airborne Course, Ranger Indoctrination Program, Ranger Course, Jungle Warfare Training Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, French Foreign Legion Guyane Commando Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Warrant Officer Candidate School, Army Aviation Branch Qualification Course, OH-58A Recon Air Interdiction Course, UH-60 Aircraft Qualification Course, Special Operations Training Course, Survival Evasion Resistance Escape Level-C Course, Aviation Maintenance Manger Course, Maintenance Test Pilot Course / Examiner, Warrant Officer Advanced Course, Warrant Officer Intermediate Level Education Course, SIX Sigma Green Belt Certification Course, Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Course, FAA Airline Transport Pilot (Helicopter) & Unmanned Aircraft System Remote Pilot .
His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star (2), Meritorious Service Medal (2), Air Medal Valor (1), Air Medal (4), Army Commendation Medal (4), Joint Service Achievement Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (5), Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/ oak leaf cluster (2), Army Meritorious Unit Commendation (1), Airforce Meritorious Unit Commendation (1), Army Good Conduct Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ bronze arrowhead (1), Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ bronze Star (2), Kosovo Campaign Medal (1), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1), Iraq Campaign Medal (7), Inherent, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (1), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (1), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (2), Army Service Ribbon (1), Overseas Service Ribbon (1), NATO Medal (1), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) (1), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) (1), Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, Parachute Badge w/ bronze service star, Jordanian Parachute Badge, Egyptian Parachute Badge, French Forces Legionnaire Guyane Commando Badge, Master Aviator Badge.
He is now retired and enjoys spending time with and raising his two daughters, fishing and has plenty of option on politics, domestic and Global affairs and politics.
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