First Sergeant John Ross

J RossSoldier/Master Gunner/Instructor

1SG Ross served in the US Army for 23 years as an active duty Soldier.  He began his career in 1994 as a UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter crewmember/Door Gunner.  1SG Ross was first stationed in Savannah GA where he supported the Drug Enforcement Agency in counter narcotics missions throughout the Caribbean including the Bahamas, Grenada, Jamaica, and St. Vincent. He spent three years in Germany where his missions included the Beirut Air Bridge, supplying the American Embassy in Lebanon, as well as deployments to Bosnia and Kosovo.

Following his European tour, John assessed for and was accepted to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment "Night Stalkers" where he spent his final 16 years of service.  During this time he served as a Fully Mission Qualified MH-60 crewmember/M134 Mini-gun master gunner for 9 years.

He then spent two years as the Combat Skills Senior instructor where he managed courses on medical first responder, advanced weapons employment techniques, modern army combatives level 1 and 2, and advanced land navigation.

For his final 5 years, John was a Company 1SG for three Special Operations Companies.  Scattered throughout his service he deployed to Iraq 13 times, and Afghanistan 5 times as well as multiple no notice special operations missions around the globe.



  •    Advanced Leaders Course
  •    Basic Leaders Course
  •    Warrior Leaders Course
  •    Anti-terrorism Officer Basic Course
  •    SERE Level C Course
  •    SERE High Risk Course
  •    International Long Range Recon Survival Course
  •    Special Operations Combat Skills Course
  •    Basic Airborne Course

Decorations and Awards:

  •    Bronze Star Medal
  •    Meritorious Service Medal (3)
  •    Air Medal with Valor
  •    Air Medal (10)
  •    Joint Service Commendation Medal (2)
  •    Joint Service Achievement Medal
  •    Army Commendation Medal (6)
  •    Army Achievement Medal (5)
  •    Good Conduct Medal (7)
  •    National Defense Service Medal
  •    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  •    Iraqi Campaign medal (3 stars)
  •    Afghanistan Campaign medal (2 Stars)
  •    Global War on Terror Service Medal
  •    Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal
  •    NCO Professional Development Medal (3)
  •    Overseas Service Medal
  •    NATO Medal (2)
  •    Combat Action Badge
  •    Parachutist Badge
  •    Rifle Expert Marksmanship Badge
  •    Pistol Expert Marksmanship Badge
  •    German Army Parachutist Badge
  •    Valorous Unit Citation
  •    Army Superior Unit Citation
  •    Presidential Unit Citation (2)

Civilian Honors and Awards:

  •    Sikorsky Rescue Award (Afghanistan 2004)
  •    NRA Pistol Instructor
  •    NRA Range Safety Officer