Chief Warrant Officer Five Douglas M. Englen entered military service in July 1986 and attended Basic Training at Fort McClellan, Ala. He attended the 67N UH-1H helicopter repair course at Fort Rucker Alabama. As a Huey crew chief he was stationed in Finthen, Germany with the 8th Infantry Division and 1-11th INF at Ft Benning, GA. Later becoming a 66N UH-1H technical inspector.
He deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. CW5 Englen left active duty to work with the Colorado National Guard as a GS-11 maintenance supervisor and crewmember trainer at the High Altitude Training Site, Eagle, Colo., achieving the rank of staff sergeant.
He applied once again for active duty to attend the Warrant Officer Basic Course and Flight School at Fort Rucker, where he graduated in May 1993. After completing the CH-47 Chinook Aircraft Qualification Course, Englen was assigned to Company B, 252nd, Camp Humphries, Korea.
A year later, he was assigned to Company F, 159th, Giebelstadt, Germany. CW5 Englen was selected for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Ky. He was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, and served as a fully mission qualified pilot, standardization instructor pilot, and flight lead.
In September 2011, Englen was selected to serve as the 160th SOAR (A) MH-47 and overall regiment standardization officer, leading, coaching, and mentoring more than 340 Special Operations Aviators in the regiment, later to become the 3rd Command Chief Warrant Officer for the United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command. Following his assignment to Ft Bragg, CW5 Englen became the chief of technology and special programs returning to Ft Campbell, KY. CW5 Englen has logged over 7000 hours of Fixed and Rotary Wing flight time with 34 combat tours executing over 2500 missions in support of the global war on terrorism.
CW5 Englen culminated his service career as the Senior Warrant Officer Advisor to the Secretary of the Army for Talent Management. After retirement, he was a political candidate for State Senate in Tennessee and now works for Bell (Textron) as a regional representative at Ft Campbell.
He completed the Warrant Officer Staff Course and the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course and possesses a bachelor’s degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in aviation management.
Englen’ s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, two Silver Star medals, Legion of Merit, three Distinguished Flying Cross medals, two Bronze Star Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, nine Air Medal with Valor Device (Numeral 8), four Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (1 Bronze Service Star), Southwest Asia Service Medal (3 Bronze Service Stars), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Medal, NCO Professional Development ribbon (Numeral 2) , Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 5), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), NATO Medal (1 Bronze Star), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait), Combat Action Badge, Master Army Aviator Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.
CW5 Englen has been married to Christina for 32 years with 4 children, Christopher, Alexandria, Catheryn, and Elizabeth. They have 3 grandchildren, Carter, Reagan and Maddi.