Rotor-Wing Pilot, Med-Trans Corporation
Greg Calvert knew at a young age what he wanted to do with his life and the U.S. Army provided the opportunity to do it. For the first six years of his enlistment, he served as a Parachute Infantry Medic and Flight Medic. But his true love was flying and he trained to be a pilot of both rotor and fixed-wing aircraft. For another 27 years he served as a pilot in the Army, the majority of which was spent in Special Operations Aviation, traveling to nearly every continent.
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:
Favorite Military Experience
- 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
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.