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Jackie Dillard, Army Veteran

11/20/2020

Eurocopter EC-135 Instructor, Med-Trans Corporation

Retirement_resized-(2).jpgJackie Dillard served as a Blackhawk Chopper Pilot for the United States Army. His lengthy aviation career began in 1992 when Dillard entered active duty as a Crew Chief. By 1994, Dillard was selected to attend the Warrant Officer Candidate School and Army Pilot Training.

Dillard now serves as an Instructor Pilot for Med-Trans, keeping our med-evac pilots sharp and up-to-date on the Airbus Eurocopter EC-135, one of the most versatile air evac airframes in use around the world. He credits his service in the Army for much of his civilian success.

“The military taught me to fly, but honestly they taught me more than that,” said Dillard. “They taught me to how to lead and how to follow. On day one of my Med-Trans training, the company vice president spoke to us, saying at least three times that this company is about respect. He would give it to each one of us and he ask each one of us to give it to those around us. I knew during that speech I was in the right place,” added Dillard.  

Areas of Service

Dillard served 26 years and nine months in the United Stated Army, finishing his career as a Chief Warrant Officer 4. He served in various pilot roles, in addition to Squadron, Battalion and Company Safety Officer positions. His service included the following missions:
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Operation Resolute Support 

Aircraft Flown

During his service to the United States, Dillard had the honor of flying several aircraft, including:
  • Bell OH-58A Kiowa
  • Sikorsky MH-50K
  • Sikorsky MH-50M

Citations Received

Dillard says the years and countless flights with the military taught him to remain calm in demanding situations. This mentality served him well during his many missions. Dillard has been honored with:
  • Order of Saint Michael
  • Legion of Merit
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Air Medal
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • Combat Action Badge
  • Air Assault Badge
  • Master Aviator Badge
  • Parachutist Badge