Gregory Calvert, Army Veteran
Rotor-Wing Pilot, Med-Trans Corporation
After achieving the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5), Greg retired to devote more time to his family and return to civilian life. Now he brings his expertise and experience to his community as a SPIFR/NVG EC-135 helicopter pilot. What he learned in the military serves him well in his new role.
“I experienced a tremendous amount of flying in all types of aircraft and conditions that support safe decision-making and flying (for Med-Trans),” said Calvert. “My favorite experiences (in the Army) were working with a close, integrated crew. Those experiences have proven invaluable as a part of this team and enabling the participation of the whole crew towards a safe and successful mission.”
Calvert served for a total of 33 years on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. His duties included service as an Instructor Pilot, Instrument Flight Examiner, Mission Survivability Officer, Aviation Safety Officer, and he spent four years as an aviation shoot-down and accident investigator. Greg was shot down and wounded during a rescue of Special Operations Forces in March 2002 spending nearly two years of operations and rehabilitation in order to return to full flight status.
Calvert attained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5), which is:
- The highest rank among U.S. Army Warrant Officers
- Considered the technical foundation of the Army
- Responsible for training and leading soldiers, and for organizing and advising missions
Favorite Military Experience
Calvert loved the camaraderie and integrity of being part of a close-knit unit. Operationally, some of the most challenging and rewarding missions he flew were Combat Search and Rescue in Afghanistan.