Chief Warrant Officer Five Joseph Roland is a native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 1986 and completed USMC Basic Training in April 1986 at Parris Island, South Carolina. CW5 Roland attended the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Basic Course and U.S. Army Helicopter Flight Training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, in 1992. He completed UH-60 pilot qualification and was appointed a WO1 in October, 1993.
Roland’s previous assignments include Army Aviation Standardization Officer, Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7 (DAMO-AV), Washington, D.C.; Brigade Command Chief Warrant Officer (CCWO), 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii; Brigade Aviation Standardization Officer, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, Battalion and Company Aviation Standardization officer, 2nd BN, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade; Company Instructor Pilot, 3rd BN, 158th Aviation Regiment, 12th Aviation Brigade, Giebelstadt, Germany; UH-60 Pilot in Command and Flight Lead, 2nd BN, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia; 4th BN, 501st Aviation Regiment, Camp Page, Korea; Combat Aviation Training Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. Roland’s combat deployments include Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan (2004, 2012); Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, Iraq (2007, 2009); Counter Drug and Narcotics operations in support of the DEA and the Bahamian Drug Enforcement Unit (1996-1999).
Roland attended the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and his military education includes the Warrant Officer Basic Course; Aviation Warrant Officer Advanced Course; Warrant Officer Intermediate Level Education; and Warrant Officer Staff Education.
Roland’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster; Distinguished Flying Cross; Bronze Star Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters; Meritorious Service Medal; Air Medal with Valorous Device, Numeral 6; Army Commendation Medal with Valorous Device, five Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Achievement Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters; Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (3rd Bronze Star); NATO Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 4th Service Star; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2nd Service Star); Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals; Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 6; Korea Service Ribbon; Army Superior Unit Award; Army Presidential Unit Citation; Army Meritorious Unit Citation. Roland has earned the Army Master Aviator Badge, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Department of the Army Staff Badge. He is a member of the Order of Saint Michael and was selected as the Army Aviation Association of America “Aviation Trainer of the Year.”
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