AH-6J Little Bird firing Hellfire anti-tank
MH-6J Little Bird carrying Special
Basic Parachutist Badge
Military Freefall Parachutist
Basic Army Aviator Wings
United States Army Special Operations
Command unit patch
United States Army Special
Operations Command flash
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Regent's College, NY Bachelor's
Basic Training. 8 weeks. Fort Benning, GA.
Advanced Infantry Training, Infantryman. 5 weeks. Fort Benning,
Primary Leadership Development Course. 5 weeks. Schofield Barracks,
SFOD-D Selection. 4 weeks. Camp Dawson, WV.
Basic Airborne Course. 3 weeks. Fort Benning, GA.
Operator Training Course. 24 weeks. Fort Bragg, NC.
SERE C (High Risk). 3 weeks. Fort Bragg, NC.
Military Freefall Course. 5 weeks. Yuma Proving Grounds, AZ.
Special Forces Weapons Sgt. Course. 24 weeks. Fort Bragg, NC.
Basic Non Commissioned Officer's Course. 2 weeks. Fort Bragg,
Warrant Officer Candidate School. 12 weeks. Fort Rucker, AL.
Aviation Warrant Officer Basic Course. 8 weeks. Fort Rucker,
Initial Entry Rotary-Wing Course. 38 weeks. Fort Rucker, AL.
UH-60 Ground School. 2 weeks. Fort Rucker, AL.
Advanced Qualification Course UH-60. 8 weeks. Fort Rucker, AL.
Transition Course MH-60L. 3 weeks. Hunter Army Airfield, GA.
Advanced Qualification Course MH-6. 4 weeks. Fort Campbell, KY.
Officer Candidate School. 12 weeks. Fort Benning, GA.
Aviation Officer Basic Course. 8 weeks.
Jan '88 - Jan '89 Infantryman C Co. 1st Bn, 27th Regiment (Wolfhounds)
Division. Schofield Barracks,
Jan '89 - Dec '91 B Squadron, SFOD-D. Fort Bragg, NC.
Oct '92 - Nov '93 A Co. 1st Bn., 82nd Aviation Regiment, 82nd
Airborne Division, Fort
Nov '93 - Dec '95 A Co. 3rd Bat, 160th Special Operations Aviation
Regiment (Airborne), Hunter
Army Airfield, GA.
Dec '95 - Jun '96 C Co. 1st Bat, 160th Special Operations Aviation
Fort Campbell, KY.
Jun '96 - Jun '97 HHC, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
Military Flight Hours
262 hours (185 NVG)
377 hours (162 NVG)
MH-6J Little Bird
62 hours (33 NVG)
AH-6J Little Bird
22 hours (13 NVG)
920 hours (393 NVG)
Special Forces Weapons Sgt.
Aviation Warrant Officer
Medals and Ribbons:
Army Service Ribbon.
NCO Professional Development Ribbon (2nd award).
National Defense Ribbon.
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2nd award).
Army Achievement Medal (3rd award).
Army Commendation Medal.
Awards and Badges:
Basic Parachutist Badge
Special Forces TAB
Military Freefall Badge
Jun '97 - Sep '97 Coach, Booker T. Washington, High School, Philadelphia,
2nd degree Black Belt, Tae Kwon Do.
Private Pilot's License, Fixed-wing, Multi-engine.
Subject was raised in an extended family of brothers, sisters,
nieces, nephews, grandparents and cousins. Born in South Philadelphia
he grew up on the streets and learned at an early
age to survive by one's wits. He endured numerous beatings from
local youth gangs and
started studying martial arts at an early age. Subject sought
for something better and was
recruited into the Army with promises of all kinds of opportunities.
He attended basic
training (honor graduate) and AIT during his Junior year of High
School. Upon graduation
he was assigned to the 'Wolfhounds' of the 25th Infantry Division
in Schofield Barracks,
Hawaii. Subject spent just over a year with this unit and then
applied for and was accepted
to SFOD-Delta selection. He readily admits he didn't know what
he was getting into.
Subject was the youngest candidate in his selection course and
found it extremely demanding and the most difficult thing he
had ever attempted. Subject was the only non Special
Forces/Ranger candidate who successfully finished the course
and was selected.
After Delta training, subject spent
3 years as an operator and conducted classified
operations in Europe, the Far East, Africa and deployed to operation
Storm. Subject then successfully applied to Army flight school.
After completing flight
training he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and after
a year with them,
successfully transferred to the 160th Special Operations Aviation
conducted many classified and unclassified operations with the
160th SOAR until he
deployed with C/1/160th SOAR to Bosnia.
Subject's MH-6 Little Bird helicopter
crashed after infiltrating a Special Forces
Reconnaissance Team into Bosnia. Subject's Company Commander
was the pilot and
he the copilot when they struck power lines during the night
transit back to base. The
crash gave the subject a concussion and broke the COs left leg,
left wrist and dislocated
his shoulder. The aircraft had crashed on a steep slope on a
mountain side and subject
knew that rescue choppers would not be able to reach them in
their precarious position.
Subject rigged a rope to rappel down to a more suitable position
for extraction and while descending with his Commander on his
back, got his foot stuck in a crevice and severely
tore his knee ligaments. Subject was stuck upside down with his
CO tied to his back for
almost an hour before Air Force Pararescue men could extract
them. His knee injury
immediately put him off flight status for a year while he went
through physical therapy.
Subject used some of this recovery time to attend OCS but resigned
re-eligible for flight status in order to go home and spend more
time with his ailing mother.
Subject intended to eventually go back into the service but employment
SOF changed his mind.
Subject is very close to his immediate and extended family. His
family is very proud of him
for his accomplishments in the military though they do not realize
the classified nature of his
work. Subject is quiet and very disciplined. Even when young
he was very mature for his
age. The military has been an experience he has been totally
amazed at. No one in his family ever served in the military before
to his knowledge so he had no access to information about the
military before he enlisted. He has been very successful in everything
that he has done in
the military and is quite astounded by it. He feels himself very
lucky throughout his career to
have been able to work with some outstanding soldiers. When the
subject was in Delta Force, he served under Major Shepherd and
again worked with him when he was with Task Force 160 even to
infiltrating and exfiltrating Shepherds' teams on operations.
Subject has had varied career within
the US Army. His evaluation reports have always been exemplary.
His successful selection into SFOD-D was highly unusual because
Special Forces candidates make it. He was also able to secure
a transfer to 160th SOAR
with only a year on a conventional helicopter unit when typically
they only accept candidates with a much higher experience level.
His injury, removing him temporarily from flight status,
gave him an opportunity to attend OCS. Though he knew that as
an officer, he would get
less flight time, he would have more command opportunities. On
recommendation from his Company Commander he applied and was
accepted to OCS. His mother's health problems changed his military
career plans and he resigned from the military in order to go
support her. As her health improved, Major Shepherd came along
and offered some enticing opportunities. Subjects' skills as
a close quarter combat operator and as a fixed-wing and rotary-wing
pilot will no doubt make him very useful to SOF.